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Milwaukee kicks off Beer Week 2011

MILWAUKEE, April 30 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Beer Week, a celebration of the city's most famous product, got off to a hoppy start Friday with tastings and craft events, organizers said.

The second annual Milwaukee's Taste of Great Brewers kicked off when the first keg of Belgian Pale Ale made by Sprecher and Milwaukee Brewing Co. was tapped at a public beer sampling event at the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

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The festivities run through May 8, showcasing the wares of more than 50 breweries and more than 200 beers both locally produced and imported, the newspaper said.

The Friday event, which featured samples and presentations on craft brewing, was the first of a week's worth of events focused on the creation and enjoyment of craft beers at locations throughout the city.

The organizers said festival-goers can find information, including schedules and a Beer Week mobile phone app, at the event's Web site, milwaukeebeerweek.com.

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