Beer dinners, pint nights and tap takeovers are staples of the North Texas Beer Week calendar. But with each passing year, the events grow decidedly more quirky and fun during this most hoppy of weeks. Craft beer and funky good times go hand in hand -- who knew?

Well, we did, and you probably did, too, but play along and check out these events we think provide chances at maximum NTX Beer Week fun.

Halloween Tribute Night

With NTX Beer Week kicking off the Friday night before Halloween, this event is a no-brainer. At Division Brewing in Arlington, several local bands will perform as notable rock bands; for example, Dallas rock act International Bitterness Unit will assume the catalog of Seattle punk group Murder City Devils. Come dressed for the holiday.

Oct. 27 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Division Brewing, 506 E. Main St., Arlington. $5. More deets.

Pintwood Derby

Remember when you were a 9-year-old Boy Scout and you had to build pinewood derby race cars? Didn't you say to yourself, "Building wooden race cars is cool and all, but where's the beer, Dad?" Us, too. This event is for your inner Webelo, because $20 buys a derby car kit, a beer from Deschutes Brewery and the chance to redeem yourself for getting smoked by your best buddy all those years ago.

Oct. 28 at noon at Flying Saucer, 1111 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth. $20. More deets.

A bartender at LUCK pours a glass of Mother's Little Fracker by Revolver Brewing. The bar serves exclusively beers from in North Texas.

A bartender at LUCK pours a glass of Mother's Little Fracker by Revolver Brewing. The bar serves exclusively beers from in North Texas.

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LUCK 4-Year Anniversary

It's not that Dallas restaurant LUCK invented the local-intensive beer list. But after four years, its dedication to offering only local brews at a reasonable price makes its commitment to delicious sustainability worth celebrating. Beer samples from up-and-coming brewers including Knowles Brothers Craft Brewing and Mox Nix Brewery, among others, will be handed out, as well as rare tappings from many established (and yes, local) favorites.

Oct. 29 from noon to 7 p.m. at LUCK at Trinity Groves, 301 Gulden Lane, Dallas. More deets.

Brew Drew Homebrew Competition

BrainDead Brewing in Deep Ellum has a couple of the most intriguing events of the week planned. At the Brew Drew competition, home brewers will compete for the prize of brewing their creation for public consumption from BrainDead's taps with the expert assistance of head brewer Drew Huerter. Judges will choose a winner Oct. 29; drinkers are encouraged to come show support and have a few brews.

Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at BrainDead Brewing. 3625 Main St., Dallas. More deets.

903 Sasquatch Meet and Greet

With the indomitable Temptress from Lakewood Brewing Co. living here, it can be tough for another imperial milk stout to get noticed. But leave it up to Sasquatch to make its presence felt, even from up north in Sherman. The hairy legend will be on hand to shake hands and talk beer at Heritage Pizza, one of D-FW's best new craft spots. Other special beers from 903 Brewers will be available in limited-edition pint glasses.

Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Pizza and Taproom, 3750 Plano Parkway, The Colony. More deets.

4th Annual Brewer's Ball

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Dress up and share a drink with more than 40 local and national brewers, who will be at Dallas Union Station offering samples of their best and toasting to success. This is arguably the best way to end NTX Beer Week -- dressed to the nines and sipping beers oftentimes not available elsewhere. Previous festival appearances include Sam Adams' Utopias, which goes for hundreds of dollars per bottle. And with over a dozen of D-FW's best restaurants offering up bites to go with your sips, you're guaranteed to have a ball.

Nov. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m., Dallas Union Station, 400 S. Houston St., Dallas. $125. More deets.

Festicle 2017: Barrel-Aged Beers and Street Tacos

We love the gargantuan, all-encompassing beer fest, but it's tough to beat a smaller fest with a funky focus. Showcasing barrel-aged beers is cool enough, but BrainDead is upping its annual shindig by adding street tacos, something it's been doing well since opening up Bowls and Tacos restaurant in Deep Ellum.

Nov. 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. at BrainDead Brewing, 2625 Main St., Dallas. $40-$120. More deets.

NTX Brewers Burger Battle

Burgers and beer make a great combo -- not exactly breaking news, we know. What makes this combo newsworthy is a competition. Throughout NTX Beer Week, Rodeo Goat locations in D-FW will feature two burgers specially designed by two local breweries. The burgers face off in the restaurants' famed head-to-head battle. Whichever sells the most moves on to the next round to face the next contender. All you have to do is choose which one sounds more delectable.

Oct. 27-Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to close at Rodeo Goat locations in Dallas (1926 Market Center Blvd.) and Fort Worth (2836 Bledsoe St.). Prices vary. More deets.

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Lagers and Fried Chicken

A bucket of KFC Original Recipe with a Lone Star longneck is just fine, but the Meddlesome Moth gastropub in Dallas plans to improve on that pairing. Each day during NTX Beer Week, the geniuses behind some of Dallas' best beer bars will offer a different combo featuring a finely crafted lager and unique fried chicken dish.

Oct. 30-Nov. 3 from 5 p.m. to close at Meddlesome Moth, 1621 Oak Lawn Blvd., Dallas. More deets.

A Beer Dinner for Wine Lovers

The pairing merits of wine vs. beer can be a touchy subject between vino fiends and hopheads. But Dallas restaurant Lark on the Park aims to ease such tensions with a four-course dinner that comes with a pour of both wine and beer that will complement the dish, as well as one another. The beers are selected based upon wine-like characteristics, so it's an easy transition for new converts. It's so crazy, it just might work.

Oct. 30-Nov. 3 from 5 p.m. to close at Lark on the Park. 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas.

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