Mark Haynie, beer columnist for At The Shore.

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After another amazing Atlantic City Beer and Music Fest, the thirsty throngs are ready for a spring and summer of beer. This Friday, April 7, is National Beer Day, and celebrations are a plenty.

If you’d like to begin the party a little early, there is a beer dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Flatstone Tavern and Grill in Egg Harbor Township featuring the beers of local Cape May Brewing. Pairings include Tide Table Pale Ale with spinach or chopped salad and Demisemi pale ale with clams casino or pretzel bites and beer cheese. For the entrée, you have a choice of filet mignon or scallops risotto paired with Tall, Dark and Lager, and for a sweet finish, choose between whiskey cake or cinnamon apple crisp. Tickets are $50 including tax and gratuity.

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Beginning 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, The Palm Restaurant at Tropicana Atlantic City will host a beer dinner accompanied by beers from Diageo. Your welcoming beer will be Guinness Draught, a great way to whet your appetite. Wellfleet oysters with yuzu mignonette, tobiko and quail egg will be paired with Guinness Blonde Lager. The second course is beet and quinoa salad with fava beans, almond avocado and maple cider vinaigrette served with Magic Hat’s Bob’s 1st Ale. The entrée serves up a mouth-watering coffee rubbed prime-aged New York strip sided by a herb blue cheese biscuit, sausage gravy and foie gras, all paired with Smithwick’s Red Irish Ale. And to finish off this delightful dinner is butterscotch pot de crème with Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout. All this for $85, plus tax and gratuity. Call 609-344-0483 for reservations.

Other local places are getting into the spirit, too. Chickie’s and Pete’s in Egg Harbor Township will have 16-ounce domestic beers for $2 and will tap a few special New Jersey craft beers. Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House expects to tap a 2015 Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, as well as a great lineup of crafts from Tuckahoe, Cape May, Stone and Two Roads.

No matter where you go, drink responsibly and enjoy the day. Gezondheit!

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