The Vermont Brewers Association kicked off its inaugural Green Mountain Beer Week on Monday. On Wednesday, May 16, brewers and drinkers can don bowling shoes at Stowe Bowl to throw strikes, spares or gutter balls. Then on Thursday, May 17, hop on a tour — with sips from a cask of sour-cherry imperial stout — at Lawson's Finest Liquids' work-in-progress brewery in Waitsfield. Also on tap: a weeklong Catamount Brewing pale-ale revival at Windsor's Harpoon Brewery; beer and cheese pairings at 14th Star Brewing and Brockelbank Craft Brewing; special dinner menus at Brattleboro's Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery; and a doggy dress-up party at Switchback Brewing, with pints of limited-release California Common ale.
Green Mountain Beer Week: Through Sunday, May 20, various locations statewide. Cost varies by event. Info, 448-3045, vermontbrewers.com.
Rosé Release Party: Oenophiles think pink as they sample more than 20 fresh, summery wines in a curated tasting. Friday, May 18, 5-8 p.m., Cork Wine Bar & Market, Waterbury. $20. Info, corkvt.com.
Dinner & a Movie: 'Modified': Visitors gather for a home-cooked organic supper, then stay for a documentary screening on GMO labeling and a panel discussion with filmmaker Aube Giroux and Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman. Saturday, May 19 5:30-10 p.m., Fable Farm, Barnard. $25 for dinner. Info, fablefarm.org.
Sausage and Smoking: Students learn link fabrication, from whole-animal trimming to grinding, stuffing, curing and smoking. Day two covers techniques for brining, dry-curing, bacon, hams and pastrami. Saturday, May 19-Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield. $400, includes meat to take home. Info, vtc.edu.