Summer Salon: Young & Republican in the Trump Era. The Texas Tribune is hosting a summer’s worth of salons for young Texans that will focus on key issues driving state politics and public policy. The conversation this time around will focus on what it’s like to be part of today’s GOP. There will be snacks provided and sips available from a cash bar. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 9. Free. Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones Drive. eventbrite.com/e/texas-tribune-summer-salon-young-and-republican-in-the-trump-era-registration-46188784899.
The Craft Series at the Driskill. The culinary team at the Driskill Hotel’s acclaimed eatery, 1886 Cafe, is joining forces for this month’s beer pairing dinner with Strange Land Brewery. The evening of well-made food, fine fellowship and flavorful beers — some of which are small-batch, hard-to-find options — will include, as always, four courses with four beers for $40. Courses include dishes like chicken liver mousse paired with a Peach Berliner Weisse. You’ll only reserve your spot ahead of time; payment comes after the meal. 6 to 9 p.m. July 9. $40. 1886 Cafe & Bakery, 604 Brazos St. eventbrite.com/e/the-craft-series-at-1886-tickets-47085240221.
Style Night: The Wonderful World of Lagers at WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop. Put down the Pabst Blue Ribbon and taste some real lager beer. The folks behind the Beer Museum, along with WhichCraft, will talk about the differences between lagers and ales, as well as offer tastes of several different styles, including Czech pilsners and the trendy kolsch. The Beer Museum will set up the traveling roadshow version of the museum’s exhibits. Expect 5-ounce pours of four different lagers. 7 p.m. July 9. $20. 1900 Simond Ave. Ste. 200. whichcraft.com/event/whichcraft-style-night-lagers/.
Martini Monday at Drink.Well. Thought you were going to start your week with a quiet night in? Think again. North Loop bar Drink.Well is hosting this weekly night showcasing one of the best-known classic cocktails, the martini. For the month of July, there will be three featured martini recipes, each $10, featuring Plymouth Gin and Absolut Elyx Vodka. The martinis include the classic, the Turf Club and the Flame of Love. Garbo’s Lobster Truck will be on-site. 4 p.m. Mondays through July 30. 207 E. 53rd St. facebook.com/events/191456518182452/.
Texas Radio Live with Dawn & Hawkes, Nichole Wagner at Guero’s. It’s not quite a dual record-release party — Dawn & Hawkes have their own on Friday at Cactus Cafe, and Wagner follows with a July 14 soiree at the Townsend — but this weekly show on Sun Radio allows both artists to play their new songs live for a wider audience on the airwaves. Folk-pop couple Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes’ “The Other Side” follows their 2012 debut “Golden Heart and 2015’s “Yours and Mine”; singer-songwriter Wagner’s latest is called “And the Sky Caught Fire.” No cover; donations accepted. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 11. 1412 S. Congress Ave. sunradio.com/trl. — Peter Blackstock