Beer dinners, caveman diets on this week's food calendar

Awash in tasty German brews

Awash in tasty German brews

The lead-up to a long weekend of Fourth of July tomfoolery is heavy on beer events, which will be handy for stretching out your stomach in anticipation of hot dogs and potato salad. Embrace it.

6/28 What goes best with German beer? German food, of course! Glockenspiel is offering a five-course beer dinner with Gertrud Hein-Eickhoff, export manager for Ayinger Brewery in Bavaria. Chef Kane will pair homemade sausage and sauerkraut with Brau Weiss and schweineschnitzel, spaetzle, and red cabbage with Ayinger Dunkel. Dine with a true beer expert! Meal begins at 7 p.m. and costs $45. For reservations call 651.292.9421.

Conversely, the Linden Hills Co-Op is offering an Introduction to the Paleo Diet class tonight. Discuss the principles and components of hunter-gatherer style nutrition that promotes weight loss and optimal health. Students will also cook up some simple recipes to sample. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $23 members, $25 nonmembers. To sign up call 612.922.1159.

6/29 Breweries have birthdays? They do at the Hanger Room, where New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert will host a 20th anniversary dinner to celebrate the day New Belgium began operations. The five-course dinner prepared by chef Matthew Hinman will pair dishes with beers from New Belgium's lips of faith series (beef tartar with Abbey Grand Cru, for example). Meet and greet starts at 6:30 with complimentary Fat Tire in the bar area, followed by dinner at 7:00 in the fireside room. Price is $65 and reservations can be made by calling 651.429.1477

For dining with a worthy charity in mind, check out the six-course Tasting Menu for a Cause at Sanctuary, where chef Patrick is whipping up a menu using ingredients from the Youth Farm and Market Project. The project teaches urban kids to grow food and sell it, and Sanctuary will donate $5 for every meal purchased. Who can say no to charity and the chance to eat a blue goat cheese quesadilla (course one) and a red banana split (course six)? The menu is just $40 (with an additional $15 if you want pairings) and can be reserved by visiting Sanctuary's website.

6/30 Ladies, this one's for you: The new Twin Cities chapter of Barley's Angels, a group committed to involving women in the enjoyment of craft beer, will have it's inaugural meeting at the Muddy Pig tonight. Have a few pints, chat with fellow craft beer enthusiasts and help plan the next few months. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of a new beer-centric chapter just for gals. 7-10 p.m.