Seven reasons to lift up a glass

1. Guests of Project Dinner Table on May 14 received a beer growler courtesy of Widmer Bros. Brewing Co. To keep the newest member of your family safe,, purveyors of all things brew-ish, offers a great insulated growler tote bag for just $30. Get one before the heat sets in!

2. Vegas bartenders J.R. Starkus (RM Seafood) and Jason Hughes (the Cosmopolitan) have advanced in Russian Standard Vodka’s nationwide competition by creating innovative cocktails around emotions such as love, sensuality, and confidence. Vote for our hometown bar stars at

3. The first 1,000 people to show up for Red Rock Resort’s new Revolution Friday night concert series (kicking off May 27 with the Barenaked Ladies) will receive a snazzy souvenir sport wristband, good for the whole summer series! Enjoy half-off all drinks 7-8 p.m. plus $1 off sponsored drinks starting at 8 p.m. and half-off Belvedere cocktails after the show at all casino bars.

4. Cold beer and hot barbecue! That’s what you’ll get at the second annual Brews & Blues Festival, 4-8 p.m. June 4 at the Springs Preserve. More than 16 brewing companies are already signed up to pour their finest brews. $25 in advance includes 3 p.m. admission and a souvenir mug, $30 at the door,

5. Goodness, gracious, Great Vegas Festival of Beer! Check out more than 30 breweries serving up more than 100 beers from 5-9 p.m. June 18 at Tivoli Village in Summerlin, presented by Motley Brews. $27 in advance, $37 at the door, $10 for designated drivers,

6. Hi-ho, silver! TY-KU, makers of that delicious green elixir, a versatile soju and two levels of sake, have added a new wallet-friendly sake, TY-KU Silver, to its award-winning portfolio. Retailing at about $16, TY-KU Silver might just become your own house sake.

7. Hotel California Restaurant & Cantina, newly opened at 1050 S. Rampart Blvd., has 15 kinds of mezcal. So what the heck are you doing still reading this???