Holy fermentation Duff Man! The stars must be aligned today: not only is it the kickoff of San Francisco Cocktail Week, it's also the last day of World Cocktail Week, and the beginning of American Craft Beer Week. Now that we've established that alcohol has no lack of boosters, it's time for the party: Monk's Kettle (3141 16th St. at Albion) is celebrating American Craft Beer Week tonight at a Three-Course Beer DInner with a true representative of the American beer drinking community: Samuel Adams Brewer Grant Wood (no, not that Grant Wood). It promises to be a real education in the complexity and variety (and alcohol content) of craft brews. 6:00 p.m.; $50 per person. For reservations call 865-9523.
-- Brian Bernbaum