PICK OF THE WEEK May 19-21 Beer Fest Lewis and Clark Landing, 515 N. Riverfront Dr. Thurs. 7 p.m. (The Matt), Fri. 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Combo Ticket $60, omahabeerfest.com Summertime is many things for many people but, here in the heartland of America, a longtime staple of our summer festivities is the beer garden. Beer is our freedom. If you’re looking to bring yourself back up to speed on the latest trends in beer-topia make your way down to The Old Mattress Factory on “thirsty” Thursday for the Beer Classic Seminar. You will learn how using proper glasses and pouring techniques enhance the beer experience at the Goose Island Beer Co. sponsored tasting. After stretching your beer muscles, be sure to purchase a taster ticket for Omaha’s Beer Fest, held Friday and Saturday, where you can sample over 100 premium craft brews, attend Beer Academy classes, meet brew masters and enjoy live music. If you’re a true beer enthusiast you can purchase a combo ticket package available exclusively at Spirit World (7517 Pacific St.) and take home your very own set of Speigelau Beer Connoisseur glasses valued at $50. Let freedom ring. 

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