Cocktail dinners, a new Crane Brewing release and growing a herb garden: your week in food and drink events, April 3-9

Mondays, we round up the week’s most interesting food and drink events in the Kansas City area. Besides the meals and classes below, remember that this weekend marks April’s First Friday, so a host of food trucks will be scattered throughout the Crossroads on Friday evening.

Monday, April 3

To commemorate the Royals’ season opener, Barley’s Kitchen & Tap (11924 West 119th Street, Overland Park) is tapping 15 Boulevard kegs, reportedly out of brand ambassador Jeremy Danner’s personal stash. Sample Rye on Rye on Rye, Noble Prize Imperial Pilsner and Show Me Sour, plus a dozen more. This event runs from 3 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5

Happy Gillis owners and kitchen masterminds Abbey-Jo and Josh Eans and bartender Brock Schulte (Liquid Minded Concepts) are teaming up for a cocktail dinner at Happy Gillis Café (549 Gillis Street) from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The eight-course dinner is $95 a person, not including tax or tip. It’s sold out, but seats have been known to become available at the last minute. Call 816-471-3663 to check.

Thursday, April 6

Crane Brewing Company (6515 Railroad Street) taps a new release today from 4 to 9 p.m. Junipucker is a scaled-up version of a winning brew from Festival of the Lost Township, an annual beer competition held in Raytown. The beer is described as “a slightly tart saison featuring fresh juniper berries. A very balanced farmhouse ale with herbal notes and delicate acidity.”

In Lawrence, Hank Charcuterie (1900 Massachusetts Street) is hosting a spirits dinner featuring cocktails made with the Exceptional Blend whisky from Scottish distillers Sutcliffe and Son. This dinner features three courses and a cocktail reception for $65, exclusive of tax or gratuity. Call 785-832-8688 to make reservations.

Friday, April 7

Beginning this month, Cinder Block Brewery (110 East 18th Avenue) features beer cocktails at its Crossroads taproom. Tonight from 4 to 9, along with the regular First Fridays festivities, visitors can sample the “Cherry Pit,” a cocktail featuring Cinder Block’s English Cherry Cider, vodka, Velvet Falernum and orange bitters.

If the First Friday crowds aren’t appealing, visit the Savory Spice Shop (6245 Brookside Boulevard) for a “Make It and Take It” class. For $15 at this session, you’ll learn how to make a classic vegetarian tikka masala and get a meal to take home, along with the spices you need to re-create this recipe in your home kitchen. Call 816-656-5520 by April 6 to RSVP.

Sunday, April 9

Take a free lesson on how to start and maintain a herb garden today at Lifted Spirits Distillery (1734 Cherry). The one-hour class highlights growing techniques and maintenance as well as how to use those herbs in a variety of fresh cocktails. No reservations are necessary; the class takes place from 4 to 5 p.m.