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Spirited events around the valley

Hangar 24 Beer Event
Total Wine & More, May 3
Having a passion for flying and good beer and conversation, master brewer Ben Cook was inspired to open Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, Calif., during a friendly gathering of his flying buddies, where he broke out some of his home-brewed beer. At this tasting event led by a brewery expert, guests can experience a lineup of a dozen Hangar 24 beers: Orange Wheat, Amarillo, Alt-bier, Betty IPA, Double IPA, Chocolate Porter, Local Fields Palmero, Local Field Vinaceous, Local Fields Essence, Barrel Roll Immelmann, Barrel Roll Hammerhead and Barrel Roll Pugechev Cobra. May 3, 1 p.m., $20; 730 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-933-8740; search “hangar 24”

Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour
The Mirage, May 3
Meet and mingle with many winery owners and winemakers when more than 200 of the finest wineries in the world gather to pour their best wines. All wines are Wine Spectator Magazine’s top-scoring selections. A light buffet will be available to complement your evening of tasting, and a souvenir Riedel tasting glass is included. May 3, 7-10 p.m., $225; Mirage hotel-casino;

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Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit
Various venues, May 8-11
This four-day feasting extravaganza starring the world’s most acclaimed chefs also brings many events focused around libations such as wine, sake and cool cocktails. Events are scheduled at various locations including The Venetian, Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. Among the gastronomic festivities are wine events, after-parties, a night market featuring chefs Mario Batali and Thomas Keller, a sushi-making and sake tasting with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, an exploration of Sicilian wines, a number of master series dinners and more. May 8-11, various Strip hotel locations, 877-884-8993,

Lee’s 8th Annual Beer & Tequila Experience
LVH, May 10
This annual event offers guests the opportunity to taste more than 300 handcrafted beers and 70 of the finest tequilas. Also available will be an array of food items from several buffet stations, a silent auction and live music. All net proceeds go to Lee’s Helping Hand, nonprofit charity supporting local children’s charities, families and communities. May 10, 3-8 p.m., $50-$60; LVH hotel-casino, 3000 Paradise Road;

Champagne & Chefs
The Capital Grille, May 16
Enjoy an afternoon of champagne and cuisine created by David Sacco, executive chef of The Capital Grille. Part of the 2014 Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival, which benefits the James Beard Foundation, this walk-around tasting event hosted by Robin Leach will feature a sirloin carving station that includes balsamic caramelized onions and house-made horseradish sauce; tomato and mozzarella crostini; and tuna tartare on English cucumber. Also available will be beer, wine, champagne and spirits. May 16, noon-3 p.m.; Capital Grille in the Fashion Show Mall; search “champagne chefs”

Sin City Beer Festival
Ellis Island Brewery & Casino, May 17
Part of the Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival, this event held in support of local nonprofit charities including Three Square food bank takes place both inside the brewery and outdoors. During this tasting event, guests can enjoy more than 30 kinds of beers — ales, lagers and microbrews — and have the option of requesting a sample taste or a full cup of their favorite brews. May 17, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., $55-$85; Ellis Island Brewery & Casino, 4178 Koval Lane;

Wine Walk
Town Square, May 17
This event is hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits and Lee’s Discount Liquor in support of local charity New Vista, which assists and empowers the intellectually challenged. Guests can sample up to 20 different wines and enjoy live music during this three-hour wine sampling that includes your own wine glass. May 17, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., $25-$30; Town Square;

Tequila Dinner Cantina Laredo
Tivoli Village, May 21
Enjoy modern Mexican fare complemented by Milagro tequila when Cantina Laredo hosts the restaurant’s quarterly tequila dinner. Guests can enjoy a four-course meal crafted by Chef Damon Workman, paired with a smooth selection of Milagro tequila. Cantina Laredo and Milagro representatives guide guests through each pairing, providing insight on food and beverage, key ingredients and successful pairings. May 21, 7 p.m.; $49.99; Tivoli Village; 702-202-4511

Brews & Blues Festival 
Springs Preserve, May 31
Now in its fifth year, the Brews & Blues Festival features numerous local, regional, domestic and international brewers serving up more than 60 craft beers, while guests wander through the national historic site listening to live blues. Performing this year are Chris Zemba & The Late Shift Band, John Earl’s Boogieman Band and Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues. May 31, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., $35-$75; Springs Preserve,

Wine Walk
The Village in Lake Las Vegas, May 31
Receive your own wine glass and enjoy sampling up to 20 different wines at stations set up at shops and restaurants in The Village. The wines are provided by Southern Wine & Spirits and Lee’s Discount Liquor in support of New Vista charity organization, which helps the intellectually challenged. May 31, 7 p.m., $25-$30 at the door; 30 Strada di Villaggio, Henderson;

Big Dog’s Summer Beerfest
Big Dog’s Brewing Co., July 20
This fundraising beer fest and music party features 50-plus beers from around the region and world; barbecued St. Louis-style rib and Southern-style fried chicken platters by Chef Sergio; live reggae music throughout the evening by locals Coconut & The Clue and The Pulsar Reggae Band; prize raffles and more. A portion of the event’s proceeds support the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation of Las Vegas. July 20, 6 p.m., free admission and pay as you go with 10 tokens for $10 valid inside and out; 4543 N. Rancho Drive,

Sweet Wines: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Total Wine & More, July 24
This wine tasting and seminar features eight varietiesthat have been crafted in different areas throughout the world. From the noble Riesling grapes that thrive in Germany, to Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, to Moscato and Semillon, guests will have an opportunity to explore and learn about these delectable wines and may just discover a new favorite that will satisfy their urge for something sweet. July 24, 6:30 p.m., $20; 730 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas;

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