Today from 6 to 9 PM at West Lakeview Liquors, PJ Fisher of Goose Island Beer Co. will sample out the reserve series of beers, including Pere Jaques, Matilda, Imperial IPA, and Bourbon County Stout.

Taste Food and Wine‘s Friday tasting this week features floral whites and light summer reds from France; it runs from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Saturday from 5 to 8 PM, Lush Wine and Spirits in University Village (1257 S. Halsted, 312-738-1900) opens its new beer garden with a release party for the Three Floyds Fantabulous Resplendence XI Anniversary Ale. Samples of the beer are free; there’ll also be grilled brats for around $2 each.

Pastoral‘s Loop location hosts its monthly free wine tasting Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM; the theme is American summer wines.