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Brewing, baskets and brine: our picks for the upcoming week have a little bit of everything!

The Total Vanderbilt Avenue Immersion
Brooklyn Based wraps up its summer block parties with a final crawl through Prospect Heights. Pick up one of 500 immersion cards at Hot Bird (546 Clinton Ave) or Le Gamin (556 Vanderbilt Ave) for complimentary Brooklyn Brewery beers at participating bars. There’ll also be plenty of food specials at Beast, The Vanderbilt, Blue Marble Ice Cream, and others. Get the rest of the details here.

Saturday August 20 from 12-6pm on Vanderbilt Avenue (Prospect Heights)

Whiskey Sour Pickle Eating Contest
At last, a competitive eating event worth its salt! Brooklyn Brine dares you to down as many of their whiskey sour pickles as you can in five minutes (you just might get drunk on flavor — we can attest, they’re dope.) Sign up by 7pm Saturday at Black Rabbit for your chance at a cash prize. Brooklyn Brine has the details.

Saturday August 20 at 8pm at 91 Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin St and Manhattan Ave (Greenpoint)

Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza
It’s back: the day when some of the city’s best food trucks circle up like a wagon train in Grand Army Plaza. This month’s rally includes Van Leeuwen, Kimchi Taco, Wafels and Dinges plus a dozen more. Check out the full list from the Prospect Park Alliance.

Sunday August 21 from 11am-5pm at Grand Army Plaza (Park Slope)

Homebrewed Beer & Cheese Tasting
Tickets for next weekend’s Brooklyn Wort are sadly already sold out, but you can still sample a variety of home brews at Sycamore‘s latest tasting. Cheeses from Bierkraft complete the pairing. Tickets can be found here.

Monday August 22 at 8pm at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Stratford and Westminster Rds. (Ditmus Park) $30.

Mystery Basket: Test Your Skills
Channel your inner Top Chef with this challenge at The Brooklyn Kitchen. You’ll get a basket of surprise ingredients chosen by Chef Brendan and one hour to put together a dish to wow the judges. Afterward, taste what your fellow contestants whipped up, along with a beer pairing courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. Sign up here.

Tuesday August 23 from 6:30-8:30pm at 100 Frost Street between Leonard St and Manhattan Ave. (Williamsburg) $75

Edible Brooklyn’s How to Brew
A few novices–Dan Moss of Brooklyn Brewery, Stephen Valand and Erica Shea of Brooklyn Brew Shop, and Benjamin Granger of Bierkraft–discuss the art of homebrewing. But don’t worry, it’s not just tips: samples of suds are also provided. Check out the rest of the details and buy tickets.

Wednesday, August 24 from 7:30-10pm at Brooklyn Brewery. 79 N 11th Street between Wythe Ave and Berry St. (Williamsburg) $5.

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