Are you strong like bull? If so, test your brew fortitude with the 5th annual Strong Ale Festival. The festival in Westport is Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. outside McCoy’s Public House (4057 Pennsylvania). There will be more than 70 beers from three dozen breweries on hand, each of which clocks in at over 8% ABV. If you’re doing mouth curls there, keep an eye out for Bell’s Uberbon (barrel-aged Oberon), McCoy’s 2012 Ursa Major, and Nebraska Brewing’s Barrel Ages HopAnomoly. Tickets (click on the link for a draft list), which include a glass and unlimited sampling, are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.
It’s First Friday tonight. There’s a pair of chocolate shops in the Crossroads — Christopher Elbow (who has $1 chocolates tonight) and Bizz & Weezy Confections (1800 Baltimore Avenue). Bizz & Weezy makes everything from truffles to chocolate-covered Oreos. Snow & Company (1815 Wyandotte Street) is celebrating its fourth anniversary with $2.99 Boulevard pints (including the newly released Snow & Tell) and $7.99 specialty pizzas. Go surf and turf at Extra Virgin (1900 Main Street) with the wood-grilled hangar steak with sweet potato hash and pancetta-apple relish and the grilled octopus salad with fava beans, potatoes, olive, and tzatziki sauce. [Here’s a list of the gallery shows in the Crossroads.]
Rookies Sports Lounge & Grill (927 E 85th Street) is holding its grand opening tonight in the former Niecie’s Restaurant & Lounge space. They open at 3 p.m. and Hot 103 Jamz will be onsite from 8 to 10 p.m.
Kansas City Coffee and Tea Week kicks off today with the start of the Kansas City Caffeine Crawl. The Caffeine Crawl (10 routes that weave between coffee and tea shops) runs through Sunday, but there are currently only tickets available for the 5 p.m. route tonight and the 2 p.m. driving route on Saturday. KCCTW celebrates local shops with a series of discounts on drinks and bagged coffee across the metro.
Care for a spot of tea? The Daughters of the British Empire’s 30th annual British Faire is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Center. They’ll have regular tea service (11, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45), British fare (scones, mince pies), Celtic dancers and everything from an accordion to piper player. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children. The tea service, which includes admission, is $15.
The Pitch is hosting Crafts & Drafts Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Uptown Shoppes (3600 Broadway). They’ll have more than 90 craft vendors (peep a few here) and 20 craft brews. Admission is free.