Orlando Brewing, Orlando’s only local organic brewery, will commemorate America’s diverse craft beer culture by raising a glass to American Craft Beer Week with events from May 12-18.
Monday, May 12, the week kicks off with the release of a lavender blonde ale. There will be craft beer trivia with happy hour pricing after the 6pm free tour.
Tuesday, May 13, the brewery will release a rose petal red for guests to try. They will also host a microbrew and cheese pairing with La Femme Du Fromage, starting at 7pm. Cost is $20.
Orlando Brewing keeps the festivities going on Wednesday, May 14, with Liquid Education, a beer school at 7pm. Cost is $15 and participants will gain knowledge while they taste, learning about ingredients, flavors, aromas, and the brewing process. They’ll also get a souvenir Orlando Brewing sample glass. They will also release a cask-conditioned Kolsch, aged with orange wood and dry hopped with Hallertauer hops, for everyone to enjoy.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the major party holidays of the year, so we went through our events calendar and here are our picks for where to get your Irish on this week in Orlando.
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Named MTV Clubland’s 2013 Artist to Watch, British DJ and producer Mat Zo will be appearing at Roxy Nightclub on Saturday, December 21.
At 23, Mat Zo has already made a name for himself in both the drum & bass and trance scenes, and topped the Beatport charts with tracks played by the likes of Skrillex, the Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto and Steve Aoki.
He released his debut album, Damage Control, on November 5, and is headlining this tour with disco-house star Treasure Fingers.
Tickets are $20 for general admission (18 & up) and $30 for VIP (21 & up). They can be bought online in advance, or at the door.
For a taste of Mat Zo, here is the video for “Pyramid Scheme” feat. Chuck D of Public Enemy:
Nerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere.
This edition will feature presentations on Google Glass by my friend Jen Vargas, Ayahuasca (a hallucinogenic brew of shrubs and vines) by Eddie Selover, and Cold War era Corona spy satellites by Philip Chien.
The event takes place at Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 E. Winter Park Rd), from 7-9pm, and is free to attend.
AAA and Bud Light plan to offer their Tow to Go program in Orlando for this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-Dec. 1.
From Wednesday through Sunday, free confidential rides will be offered within a 10-mile radius to a safe location for both AAA members and nonmembers alike.
The program is designed to help discourage intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel. Since it began, the Tow to Go program has safely removed more than 22,000 intoxicated drivers from the roads.
To use the program, drivers can call (855) 286-9246. Enjoy Thanksgiving, but please don’t drink and drive.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day will be celebrated by the Tasters Guild Orlando during their Wine Tasting Series at Funky Monkey Vault on Thursday, November 21.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season.
The Orlando event starts at 6:30pm, and is free to attend. Food and bites will be provided by Funky Monkey Wine Company. $1.00 from each bottle purchased at the celebration will go to the Mills50 Main Street Iniative.
Funky Monkey Vault is located at 942 N Mills Ave. Visit funkymonkeyvault.com for more information.
Orlando Brewing will change their brewery into a “boo-ery” for their Halloween event on Saturday, October 26, 2013.
Their Monster Mash Brewery Bash starts at 5pm, and will feature live original music from Flows Like Wine, Marshawn Jackson, Northe and On Guard, a costume contest with prizes, free haunted house tours of the brewery…er…boo-ery… and a pumpkin baked goods contest.
They will also be serving their Grateful Pumpkin Ale, and everyone who comes in costume gets Hoppy Hour prices from 8pm to midnight.
The event is free to attend. Orlando Brewing is located at 1301 Atlanta Ave, and is the only USDA certified organic brewery south of Vermont and east of Colorado.
There are Halloween parties that take place in buildings or back yards, and then there are parties that cover entire city blocks. Thornton Park Halloween Block Party is in the latter category.
It takes place Friday, October 25, from 9pm to 2pm, in the Thornton Park district near downtown Orlando.
There will be four full liquor bars provided by Graffiti Junktion, Dexter’s, Wildside BBQ & Grill and CityFish Restaurant. There will also be live entertainment with Baby Blue Star and dancers, Independent Bar’s DJ Smilin’ Dan spinning tunes, classic horror films projected outdoors, and a costume contest with cash prizes.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit the Thornton Park Facebook page.
North American dubstep pioneer DATSIK, is coming to Firestone Live in Orlando, on Thursday, October 24, on his Rockstar Energy Drink Presents The Firepower Most Wanted Tour.
He is touring in support of his newest ten-track Let It Burn release, which sees him collaborating with fellow producers Getter and Bais Haus as well as vocalists Georgia Murray and Zyme. You can check it out for free on DATSIK’s Facebook page.
DATSIK will be joined on this date by FuntCase, Antiserum, Mayhem, and Must Die!.
He will also bring out a new version of his one-of-a-kind “Vortex” Dj performance booth, which has been reincarnated as “Vortex Lumen.” Lumen is reference to light and this new adaption will consist of new lighted bells and whistles.
Tickets for the show are $20, and can be bought online or at the door. Show starts at 10pm, and is 18 and up to enter.
Here is a video preview of what to expect:
Orlando Weekly, the city’s alternative weekly publication, is hosting their first Orlando Zombie Ball at Firestone Live in downtown Orlando on Wednesday, October 23.
Tickets for this spooky shindig are $10 in advance, and get you free drinks from 8pm -9pm, and live entertainment. Can’t afford $10? The Orlando Zombie Ball Facebook page has a code to get your ticket for FREE through Sunday, October 20.
Costumes are mandatory, and there is a costume contest with the chance to win up to $1,000 in cash prizes.
For more information, visit OrlandoZombieBall.com. Firestone Live is located at 578 N. Orange Ave.
The Falcon Bar & Gallery gets in the spirit of Halloween by hosting the 4th Annual Zombie Art Show on October 19.
This event will feature a collection of works inspired by zombies and the undead, kicking off with a free opening party at the bar on Saturday, from 8pm to 2am.
If you really like a particular piece of art, some will be available for T-shirt printing at The Falcon’s sister company, Mother Falcon Clothing.
The Falcon is located at 819 E. Washington St., in Thornton Park, near downtown Orlando.
For your enjoyment, check out this grindhouse-style promo video put together for event:
This Saturday, October 5, Wall St Plaza will hold Blocktoberfest in honor of the annual German celebration.
The party starts at 6pm, and admission is free. But if you want to make the fest even better, you can purchase a Sam Adam’s Beer Stein for $20 and receive unlimited Sam Adams Octoberfest beer from 6-10pm. Plus you get to keep the stein.
There will also be German food and music all night long.
So get your oompah on this weekend in downtown Orlando at Wall St Plaza. For more info, visit wallstplaza.net.
Looking for a night of laughs? The Orlando Improv has released their line-up of comedians for October 2013.
Here are the comics that will be performing at the club:
- Oct 2 – Pink Collar Comedy Show – $5
- Oct 3-6 – Loni Love – $17-$20
- Oct 10-12 – Chris Porter – $11-$13
- Oct 17-20 – Tommy Davidson – $20
- Oct 25-27 – Sommore – $25
- Oct 29 – Miranda Sings – $22
- Oct 30 – Mick Foley (WWE Wrestler) – $20
- Oct 31 – Rick Vos – $12
All shows are 21 and over. Tickets are available online or at the Improv box office.
The Orlando Improv is located at the Pointe Orlando shopping center at 9101 International Dr.
Enjoy a free horror movie on the lawn at Enzian during the theater’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show this month.
There are five editions of the WNPS in October:
- October 02 – Tales from the Crypt (1972)
- October 09 – It’s Alive (1974)
- October 16 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
- October 23 – Suspiria (1977)
- October 30 – Saw (2004)
Movies start at 8pm. Come early and enjoy a special evening happy hour from 7pm to 11pm at Eden Bar at Enzian.
Enzian is located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.
One of the biggest annual events in brewing worldwide is Oktoberfest, and this year, Orlando Brewing offers their 7th annual celebration of the event from September 21st through October 13th.
They’ll kick off Oktoberfest at 1pm on September 21, with a ceremonial tapping of Orlando Brewing’s 2013 organic Oktoberfest beer. The brew is an organic Reinheitsgebot beer brewed with deep-well, charcoal filtered hard water from the Floridan aquifer, lager yeast, organic Hallertau hops and organic two-row Munich, Carapils and Caramel malted barley.
‘Reinheitsgebot’ is a German Purity Law of 1516 which decrees beer must be made with only four ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malted barley — no additives and no adjuncts.
The celebration will continue all day with German food (starting 1:30pm, from C&S Brisket Bus), local vendors, a 3pm Cornhole tournament, traditional German music by Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten (4pm-9pm), and seventeen taps of beer brewed in the accordance with the Reinheitsgebot.