Sat update: Memphis Beer Week, Turkey Fun Run, Google Maps to return to iOS

Congratulations are in order! I hear that one of the Flying Saucer’s UFO Club members has consumed 200 different beers to get another plate on the wall. Above is my suggestion for a motto to go on his plate. (Click the image to view file “poorlifedecision.jpg” in a larger size)

What a fantastic Midtown pub crawl last night. The plan was to hit 10-12 bars in the area. I didn’t say anything, but I knew that plan was a bit ambitious. In fact, we made it to Young Avenue Deli, Celtic Crossing, Slider Inn, Local on the Square, Dublin House, and Blue Monkey – only six bars but six very good bars. Now I understand why there’s so much buzz about Local on the Square – what a great bar, especially the upstairs.

We went all the way to the end, closing down the Midtown Blue Monkey at 3. It’s probably a good thing that none of us remembered that Alex’s was still open.

While we were pub-crawling, the Memphis Grizzlies ended the New York Knicks’ undefeated streak. That gives the Grizzlies the best record in the NBA at .875. Still more than 70 games left but I’d rather start 7-1 than 1-7.

Now, this is my kind of celebration: The first-ever Memphis Beer Week will be April 21-27, 2013. It will be a week of beer dinners, opportunities to meet brewers, rare keg tappings, vertical tastings, and more. The week will end on a high note on Saturday, April 27 with Memphis BrewFest at AutoZone Park. Since I like not only drinking beer but learning about it as well, this should be an exciting week. Follow @MemphisBeerWeek on Twitter for updates.

The first annual Turkey Fun Run happens Monday night at 7 PM, taking off at Bardog Tavern. Come dressed in Pilgrim/Thanksgiving attire and bring a frozen turkey to donate to the Mid-South Food Bank. Participants will run while carrying their turkeys. No advance registration is required, just bring a turkey. Running and costumes are both optional, but encouraged.

iOS6 users: Miss Google Maps? Don’t worry. Google Maps will soon make a triumphant return to iPhones and iPads, and the app will be better than ever.

Tigers vs. Samford at FedExForum tonight at 7. This is our last warm-up game before the Battle 4 Atlantis, which includes quality competition like Duke, VCU, and Louisville.

Plans for tonight: Midtown was fun but I’m all about Downtown for the rest of the weekend – and it’s a long weekend, because I took Monday off. Let’s just say that the mayor will be in the house tonight.