Boston, a city full of beer lovers and great bars, kicks off a week of celebrations Friday with the first Boston Beer Week.
Boston is full of beer lovers and great bars. Next week, Boston beer culture will be celebrated with the first Boston Beer Week.
The Alstrom brothers, Jason and Todd, the founders of BeerAdvocate.com, along with Boston's Weekly Dig newspaper, have organized the first full-week celebration about all things beer in the Boston area.
"Boston is a great beer city," said Todd Alstrom. "We've always had a really rich brewing history. We've got a lot of beer bars. We get a lot of beers other people in the country would die to get their hands on."
So far, there are more than 80 events scheduled, beginning Friday with a kick-off event at the Boston Beer Company in Jamaica Plain, and culminating with the American Craft Beer Fest next Friday and Saturday at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
Alstrom said he expects more than 100 events by the time scheduling is completed.
"There are events ranging from small tastings at a beer store to beer dinners," he said.
The American Craft Beer Fest is the largest American beer-only festival on the East Coast. It will feature more than 400 beers from more than 80 breweries. Alstrom said about 15,000 people are expected to attend the three sessions (one that Friday night and two separate sessions that Saturday).
It's going to be hard to walk around Boston next week without bumping into a brewer. Almost any place known for beer is hosting an event or two, and brewers from throughout the country will be here for events.
The Cambridge Brewing Company should be a hot spot. The Kendall Square brewpub is having a special three-course, three-beer dinner menu available throughout the week.
Also in Cambridge, the Cambridge Common is having a series of beer dinners with various brewers. There are also several pub crawls, including the second annual St. Botolph's Day Pub Crawl on June 17.
Red Bones in Somerville is also hosting "Casktastic" all week, which is an event with only cask beers available.
Boston is not the first city to have a beer week. The Alstroms were inspired by other week-long events around the country, such as the recent Philadelphia Beer Week, which had more than 800 events.
"We've been following the whole beer week trend for awhile and doing something in Boston has been on our mind for quite awhile now," said Alstrom. "Our goal down the road is turn it into an actual nonprofit. We've already started speaking to other interested parties, but it (the first Boston beer week) had to get started. Someone had to do it, so we kicked it off."
The hardest thing will be trying to pick an event to attend -- there are just so many great things happening beginning Friday and ending on June 20. I had to schedule a vacation so I can get to many of them.
For a complete list of events, and how to order tickets, log on to www.beeradvocate.com/bbw.
I'll be blogging and tweeting from Boston Beer Week all next week, so follow me to see what's going on.
Norman Miller is a Daily News staff writer. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-626-3823. Check out The Beer Nut blog at http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/beernut/ or follow the Beer Nut at his Twitter page at www.twitter.com/realbeernut.