The second annual Lexington Craft Beer Week kicks off Saturday and runs through May 18 with events planned at breweries, craft beer bars, restaurants, and food trucks. Organized by LexBeerScene.com, a web site focusing on Lexington’s craft beer, has a listing of all the tappings and tastings at Lexbeerscene.com/LCBW.php.
■ Festivities begin with breakfast and coffee beers at 8 a.m. at Country Boy Brewing, 436 Chair Avenue. The Kentucky Ale Brew-Off starts at 9 a.m. at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling, 401 Cross Street. The Brew-Off offers home brewers the opportunity to create their best brew for a chance to be produced and distributed for a limited time.
■ West Sixth Brewing and Country Boy Brewing will release their second ever collaboration, Country Western, Volume 2, a bourbon barrel aged brown ale, in the tap rooms at the breweries, as well as in select bars throughout the city. It will be the featured beer at Wednesday’s Pint Night at Pazzo’s Pizza Pub, 385 South Limestone.
■ The Village Idiot, 307 West Short Street, is hosting a beer dinner featuring West Sixth Brewing beers at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Executive chef Wyatt Sarbacker will prepare a three-course menu paired with a special West Sixth beer. Cost is $45. Call (859) 252-0099 after 4 p.m.
■ After a few days of sunshine and hot temperatures, the forecast is for rain on Saturday. But don’t let the inclement weather keep you away from the second annual Kentucky Crawfish Festival at The Red Mile. Large tents will be set up on the grounds and there will be indoor facilities for the event that will feature Cajun and creole fare.
At last year’s event, organizers weren’t prepared for the 4,000 people who showed up to eat crawfish, but for this event, 5,000 pounds of live crawfish will be boiled, and there will be fried alligator and catfish on the menu. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Go to KentuckyCrawfishFestival.com.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, is having a Triple Crowns of Wine event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring newly bottled reserve malbec. The Troubadours will entertain from 3 to 5 p.m. Call (859) 543-9691 or e-mail Wine@grimesmillwinery.com.