Friday, September 27: The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo isn’t for another few months, but you can get your fix of boots and ’cue at the Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival. The fest kicks off with the Ace in the Hole casino night, followed by food from over 300 teams, shopping, mutton bustin’ and music on Saturday. $60 for casino night, $5-$15 for grounds, 3pm-10pm Fri, 10am-11:45pm Sat, (210) 827-7988, sarodeo.com.
Saturday, September 28: World of Beer—Stone Oak turns one with a day-long brew blowout with samples from Karbach Brewery, Silver Eagle Distributors and Ranger Creek along with food available for purchase from Cosmic Subs and Big Bibs BBQ. Free, noon-2am, 22810 US 281 N, Ste 103, (210) 497-7611, wobusa.com.
Saturday, September 28: Ditch the store-bought bread and learn how to make your own artisan loafs at home. The staff at Sur La Table will show guests tips on making no-knead crusty white bread and handcrafted baguettes. Remember, yeast takes its sweet time to rise so this will be a four-hour class. $69, 11am-3pm, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 978-5586, surlatable.com.
Saturday, September 28: We don’t make these things up: National Drink Beer Day is September 28. Boiler House and Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling will celebrate this awesome day with a five-course menu that pairs beer and local ingredients. Executive chef Jeff White and a representative from Ranger Creek will be available to answer questions about the pairings and the beer. Sample Ranger Creek’s Oatmeal Pale Ale, Lucky Ol’ Sun, La Bestia Aimable, Southtown IPA and Mesquite Smoked Porter. $60, 6pm, 312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 354-4644, boilerhousesa.com.
Saturday, September 28: Learn about beer and bourbon production at Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling with this full Brewstillery Tour. Each tour includes a souvenir pint glass and samples of either three beers or two beers and one whiskey. $10, 2pm or 5pm, 4834 Whirlwind, (210) 775-2099, register at drinkrangercreek.com.
Tuesday, October 1: The 2013 Texas Wine Month Trail kicks off its 14th year with self-guided tours of 36 member wineries throughout the Hill Country. Admission for this month-long event includes up to three complimentary samples at each winery and a 15 percent discount on the purchase of three or more bottles per winery. $25, various locations, (872) 216-9463, texaswinetrail.com.