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Orlando beer fests and events

A preview of what’s in store for 2014

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Jake’s Beer Dinner Jake’s American Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando hosts a four-course dinner. Each course is paired with select Bell’s Brewery craft beers, including the highly anticipated, limited-release Hopslam Double IPA. Friday, March 14. Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, 407-503-3200; $75.40; universalorlando.com/Hotels/Loews-Royal-Pacific-Resort/Restaurants/Jakes.aspx

Release of the Senator Imperial Stout In honor of the tragic 2012 loss of the Senator, the oldest cypress tree the world had ever seen, Orlando Brewing will release the Senator Imperial Stout. 1 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave.; 954-687-7226; orlandobrewing.com

Local Root and Tampa Bay Brew Bus Florida Farm Tour and Farm to Table Dinner at East End Market Bus tour of three local farms. Drink Tampa Bay Brew Bus Beer on the bus and take part in a farm-to-table dinner East End Market; 2-8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22; East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive; 407-790-7758; $100; localrootsdistribution.com

East Orlando Beer Festival Enjoy soft drinks, live music, bottled water and beer! 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 29; Waterford Lakes Town Center, 417 N. Alafaya Trail; $20; floridabeerfestivals.com

Wine and Craft Brew Festival of Winter Garden Sample craft and imported beers and delicious food from local restaurants. 3-7 p.m. Saturday, April 5; Downtown Winter Garden; $25-$50; floridauncorked.com

Brews Around the Zoo Stroll around the zoo and sample craft beer and food samples, enjoy live entertainment and more. Saturday, April 5; Central Florida Zoo, 3755 NW US Highway 17/92, Sanford; $40; centralfloridazoo.org

Craft Beer Field Trip to Tampa and St. Pete Visit five craft breweries, including Tampa Bay Brewing, Rapp Brewing, Green Bench Brewing, Cycle Brewing and Cigar City. Cost includes round-trip transportation with a designated driver, brewery tour at Rapp, a goodie bag of snacks, water and swag, and more. Noon-7:15 p.m. Sunday, April 6; World of Beer – Dr. Phillips, 7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd.; $89; http://www.winebeertours.com/beertrip

Florida International Beer Festival Food and beer samples, live music and more. 4-8 p.m., Saturday, May 17; Heritage Square, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $25; floridabeerfestivals.com

Jake’s Beer Festival In the spirit of Oktoberfest. A variety of beers, food and entertainment at the outdoor pavilion. October, exact date TBD; Jake’s American Bar, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando; $45; 407-503-3200

Zombietoberfest Craft beers, zombies, vendors and live music. October, exact date TBD; Audubon Park Garden District; free; apgardens.com

Beer and Bacon Festival It’s all in the name. Drink beer and eat bacon. November, exact date TBD; Cranes Roost Park, Uptown Altamonte; $35; beerandbaconfestival.com

Orlando Holiday Brew Fest A street party featuring unlimited pours of seasonal and craft beers. December, exact date TBD; Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd.; $30; floridabeerfestivals.com

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