Appetite: 4 Dates to Circle in May

Appetite: 4 Dates to Circle in May

From beer tastings to Italian cuisine to a book release, May is shaping up to be an action-packed month for Alexandria’s foodies. Here are some of the month’s top picks.

Old Town Drinks Book Release at The Hour, May 7

Join author Victoria Vergason to celebrate the release of her new book, “Old Town Drinks,” a showcase of local watering holes and their cocktail menus. Think of it as a travel guide for those looking for a libation that matches their mood. Twenty-one establishments are featured, as are 42 different cocktail recipes for you to try at home. 1015 King St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $40, which includes a copy of the book.

Steal the Taster Night at Hops N Shine, May 9

Northern Virginia’s own Crooked Run Brewing will kick off Hops N Shine’s May 9 happy hour with an array of its latest brews. Take advantage of the eatery’s happy hour prices – including $2 off appetizers and a number of drink specials to boot. On your way out, pocket a taster glass from Crooked Run – it’s not shoplifting if they give you permission. 3410 Mount Vernon Ave. 5-8 p.m.

A Taste of Italy in Old Town at The Italian Place, May 19

The Italian Place has teamed up with Ciao DC to offer a round-the-country taste of Italy without leaving Alexandria. Taste a sampling of Italian wines, nibble on antipasto and start your Italian language lessons all in one compact afternoon. Salut! 621 Wythe St. 3-5 p.m. $15.

Memorial Day Party at Port City Brewing, May 25

Port City Brewing Company is hosting an all-day soiree to kick off Memorial Day weekend festivities, and it’s safe to say that the party has something for most every taste. The day starts with the inaugural Rivershed Run 5K, which leads runners through Cameron Run Park and winds back toward – you guessed it – the brewery, where participants can cool off and refuel with both beer and lots of food. Barbecue and apple pie are on the menu, and the brewery’s new Rivershed Ale, a dry-hopped pale ale, is on tap. 3950 Wheeler Ave. Run at 10 a.m.; festivities run at the brewery through 10 p.m. $45 registration for race; free admission for party.

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