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Smorgasbrewery
Winter’s not over yet, so there’s plenty of time to catch the Smorg at the Brooklyn Brewery before it heads back outside. This week’s vendors include SkytownPorchettaBrooklyn Bean Co. and Short Order Eggs. As always, there will be plenty of house beers on tap and free brewery tours on the hour.

Saturday, February 18 from noon to 5pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg)

Small Batch Whiskeys
Part Two of Sycamore‘s winter tasting series focuses on brown spirits. Drew Kulsveen of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers and Chris Hiatt of Slope Cellars will walk you through a sampling of small-batch whiskeys, accompanied by snacks from Market & Mimi’s. Sign up here.

Monday, February 20 from 8 to 10 pm at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park). $30.

Beer & Cheese Rules
Breukelen Bier Merchants teams up with the Joy of Cheese to celebrate the dynamic duo: cheese and beer. With the guidance of the Joy of Cheese’s Martin Johnson and Maggie Fuller of 12% Imports, you’ll sample six Belgian brews, each paired with a hand-selected cheese that complements its unique flavors. To reserve a spot, get tickets.

Tuesday, February 21 from 7:30 to 9pm at Breukelen Bier Merchants, 182 Grand Street between Bedford and Driggs Aves (Williamsburg). $35

How to…Slice It!
The next gathering in the how-to series from Edible Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Brewery is all about meat, with local butchers and purveyors sharing their wisdom on slicing, curing, and other meat-centric skills. Speakers include reps from Fleisher’s and Brooklyn Cured. Get tickets here.

Wednesday, February 22 from 7:30 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $5.

Trade Up! Kitchen Swap
Upgrade your pantry at this bartering bazaar, hosted by Brooklyn Based. Any unused item in good condition is fair game: appliances, utensils, spices, cookbooks, even homemade goodies. Admission is free for new subscribers (and current subscribers who bring a friend). Read more details and RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday, February 23 from 7:30 to 9:30pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg)

Mary’s Maple Brewery Brunch
Waffles and beer? Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday! To celebrate its latest special release, Mary’s Maple Porter (named for brewer Mary Wiles and made with plenty of her family’s own maple syrup), Brooklyn Brewery invites you to an all-you-can-eat affair with Belgian waffles from Wafels & Dinges, plenty of Wiles’s own maple syrup, coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Co., and of course, a free-flowing supply of the namesake beer. Get tickets now.

Saturday, February 25 from 10am to 1pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $35.

Further ahead:

Knife Skills
Tired of spending twenty minutes getting the perfect dice on your mire poix?  Local Roots has you covered. They’re hosting a Knife Skills shesh at Boerum Hill’s 61 Local. In addition to chopping, slicing, and dicing, chef Will Griffin of I8NY will cover knife maintenance, safety and sharpening. Sign up here.

Monday, February 27th, at 3pm and 7pm, at 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street between Smith and Court (Boerum Hill). $40.

Meatball Slapdown
The Brooklyn Kitchen and Brooklyn Grange host this meaty cookoff, with a roster of notable foodies and chefs both judging and competing. Contestants include Roberta’s, The Meat Hook, Masten Lake, The Meatball Shop and others, while folks from Edible Brooklyn, Lucky Peach, and last year’s champ Stuzzicheria will decide the winner. Proceeds benefit The Brooklyn Kitchen’s classroom program and Brooklyn Grange’s farm education program. Get tickets here.

Friday, March 2 at The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St between Meeker and Manhattan Aves (Williamsburg). $50.

Beer for Beasts
The second annual edition of this event (benefiting The Humane Society of New York City) may still be over a month away, but tickets are already selling like hotcakes. Hosted by Sixpoint and BeerAdvocate, the charitable fete brings craft brews, food from the likes of Calexico and Big Gay Ice Cream, and live entertainment to The Bell House for a good cause. Read more and get tickets here.

Saturday, March 31 at The Bell House, 149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves (Gowanus). Two sessions: 1-5pm and 6-10pm. $60.

Tasting Brooklyn
Brooklyn Exposed gives us another reason to look forward to spring with its annual celebration of the borough’s food. The formidable lineup features eateries like Littleneck, Fort Reno, Saint Austere, Tchoup Shop and Brooklyn Soda Works among a dozen others. Check out the full lineup and get tickets here.

Tuesday, April 3 at Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St at Pearl St (DUMBO). $50.

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