Local breweries celebrating Craft Beer Week

The annual Craft Beer Week, during which small breweries around the nation celebrate the art of  beer making, starts today and runs through Sunday.

This is the eighth annual Craft Beer Week, and two local breweries are celebrating it with activities and specials.

River City Brewing Company at 150 N. Mosley is starting week with the unveiling of six new beer taps, meaning that the brewery — which always has 10 beers on tap — from now on will have 16. From those taps, the brewery will pour the many beer concoctions it’s been experimenting with making during the past couple of years.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, the brewery will participate in a nationwide toast to craft beer, and today, it’s debuting a White IPA, called Down Wit It IPA, that it made in a collaboration with Wichita Brewing Co & Pizzeria.

That brewery, which is at 8815 W. 13th St, also will be observing the week by tapping a different firkin of beer every night through Saturday.

For more information, call River City 316-263-2739at  or Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria at 316-440-2885 .