Alton Craft Beer Week is back to celebrate craft brewers on both sides of the river. This year's installment runs from April 22 to 29 at participating businesses in Grafton, Bethalto and Alton, but you can meet most of the brewers in one place at Riverside Bites & Brews, the official kick-off party. Your $25 ticket ($30 the day of the event) includes a commemorative tasting glass and samples from Earthbound Beer, the Old Bakery Beer Company, Grafton Brewhaus and many others. Food samples are included, and Polyshades, Hope and Therapy, and the Langaleers provide live music during the event. Riverside Bites & Brews takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Liberty Bank Amphitheater (1 Riverfront Drive, Alton, Illinois; www.riverfrontamphitheater.com).