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A Downtown Brazilian Carnaval; Crazy Expensive Brisket

More Sweetwater launch events and other news of the day.


DOWNTOWN — Batanga is bringing Carnaval to you beginning Thursday. Enjoy live Brazilian music, dancing and $5 caipirinhas through Sunday. [Facebook]

EVENT WIRE — Haven't tired of Sweetwater yet? The week-long launch party continues tonight with tappings at The Petrol Station, World of Beer in Katy, and Rockwell Tavern in Cypress. Get your first taste of 420 Extra Pale Ale, Hop Hash DIPA, Georgia Brown and more at 7 p.m. [Eaterwire]

ZOMGBBQ — It's not your imagination, the price of brisket is on the rise. Once a fairly affordable cut of beef is hitting local pitmasters in the pockets. Owners of barbecue spots across the city weigh in on the dilemma of raising their prices and looking for new meats to push as alternatives. [Houston Chronicle]

HEIGHTS — Lavish in luxury with Noel Furniture. The Federal Grill hosts the furniture store for a late afternoon sampling a bites and cocktails today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  [Facebook]