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A celebration of American beer kicks off the calendar this week

American Craft Beer Week begins today, with dozens of beer-related events filling the calendar from now through May 20, including brewery tours, special releases, food-and-beer pairings and tap takeovers.

Here's what else is on tap for this week:

Monday, May 14:

Click here for a full listing of American Craft Beer Week events.

The Kitchen Denver, 1530 16th Street, welcomes Jack Rabbit Hill & Thistle Whistle Farm for its Monday Community Night. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and costs $35 per person, 20 percent of which helps the Kitchen's efforts to plant gardens in Denver Public Schools. Call 303-623-3127 to RSVP.Tuesday, May 15:

Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana, 2401 15th Street, is participating in OUT on the Town today by donating at least 10 percent of its sales to The Center, which raises awareness for Denver's LGBT community.

Check out the monthly wine and beer class at The Kitchen, 1039 Pearl Street in Boulder, at 5:30 p.m. For $60, guest can enjoy a four-course meal paired with both beverages, with sommeliers available to answer questions. Call 303-544-5973 for more information.Thursday, May 17:

Jonesy's EatBar, 400 East 20th Avenue, presents its monthly beer dinner with New Belgium this evening. The family-style pairing costs $40 and begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 303-863-7473 to grab a seat.

The 2012 Woof and Wine takes place tonight at the Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. The event, which benefits the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, will feature food catered by local restaurants, local wines, beers from Avery Brewing and live music. Guest who arrive early will have the opportunity to meet some of the dogs available for adoption. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.Thursday, May 17 (continued):

Don't miss the monthly Hop Disciples meeting at Great Divide Brewing, 2201 Arapahoe Street, tonight at 6 p.m. Hang out with the brewers and fellow beer nerds and worship the hop free of charge.

Also free -- Jazz Night at Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Saturday, May 18:

In honor of National Burger Month, Oak at Fourteenth, 1400 Pearl Street in Boulder, is throwing a Burger and Soda Bash from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today. The reincarnated restaurant is offering its famous grilled double cheeseburger and house-made sodas from beverage director Bryan Dayton for only $10. Call 303-444-3622 for more details.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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