>>Forbidden City Bistro, 335 Main St., Middletown introduces a new happy hour Wednesday through Friday, featuring $7 wines and martinis, $3 beers and $5 small plates. 860-343-7988, forbiddencitybistro.com.
>>Mohegan Sun hosts its second annual BrewFest, running Oct. 4 to 6 at the resort casino. The event features more than 100 varieties of beer, food for purchase, live home-brewing demos, music, games (air hockey, foosball, ping-pong) and more. New this year is a special Sunday BrewBrunch sponsored by Goose Island, featuring "beer-mosas" and brew-infused dishes like drunken beef goulash, beer and cheese risotto and raspberry wheat French toast.
Tasting sessions run Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the BrewBrunch is Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for the tasting sessions are $25; $75 for the brunch. Information and tickets: mohegansun.com.
>>Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opens its West Hartford restaurant this month, at 1148 New Britain Ave. in the town's Elmwood section. Like its flagship location on Wooster Street in New Haven, the new pizzeria will serve thin-crust pizzas fired in a coal oven. Information: 860-236-7373; pepespizzeria.com.
>>Max Downtown, 185 Asylum St., Hartford, hosts a wine dinner with Napa Valley producers Nickel and Nickel, Far Niente and Dolce Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $185, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations and information: 860-522-2530, maxdowntown.com.
>>Vito's by the Water, 1936 Blue Hills Ave. Ext., Windsor, hosts a Beer-to-Bacon dinner Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. with Back East Brewery. The dinner features five courses of local fare, including pork, vegetables and cheeses, paired with selections from the Bloomfield brewery. Tickets are $45. Information: 860-244-2200 and vitosct.com.
>>50 West, 50 W. Main St., Plainville, hosts a beer dinner with Relic Brewing of Plainville Oct. 2. Three seatings are available, at 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. The menu includes six courses, paired with five Relic beers. Cost is $60 a person. Reservations and information: 860-351-5066 and 50westct.com.
>>The world's second-highest selling rum, made by Tanduay Distillers in the Philippines, was launched in Connecticut last month and state residents are being introduced to Tanduay Asian Gold and Tanduay Asian Silver at various tasting events.
Tuscany Grill, 120 College St., Middletown, has scheduled a tasting that goes a step further. On Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m., the restaurant is hosting a rum dinner that pairs a different Tanduay cocktail with each of four courses. The price is $52 per person, including tax and gratuity.
The first cocktail is called The Arrival, made with Tanduay Silver Asian Rum, blood orange juice and champagne. It accompanies sweet potato chips, Cajun-seasoned popcorn, bruschetta made with basil-whipped ricotta, taso ham, tomatoes and roasted peppers, and Tanduay Rum-glazed meatballs.
Next up is the Golden Apple, with Tanduay Gold Asian Rum, Domaine Canton, house-made lemon agave sour, and sparkling apple cider paired with vegetable spring rolls and Tanduay Rum BBQ-glazed shrimp skewer.
The third course features the cocktail Tagaytay, a blend of Tanduay Silver Asian Rum, lemongrass simple syrup, fresh lime and coconut milk, paired with shredded pork sliders and Yucca fries with chipotle ketchup.
For dessert, there's Tanduay Café, a mix of Tanduay Gold Asian Rum, Caramel Bailey's and chilled espresso, served with peach puff pastry and Tanduay Rum ice cream.
Reservations required: 860-346-7096 and http://www.tuscany-grill.com.