‘21’ Club Relaunches ‘On Tap’ Series; El Sombrero Struggles to Stay Open

• Just in time for New York City Beer Week, the '21' Club is welcoming back the return of Bar '21's "On Tap" series. The beer celebration features Speakeasy Brewery on February 26, Founders Brewing Co. on March 11, and Cricket Hill Brewery on April 8. Each event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes three pints and executive chef John Greeleys food pairings. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by calling (212) 582-7200. [Grub Street]

• The national launch event for Funky Jewbelation, the eighth member of Shmaltz Brewing's Limited Engagement Barrel-Aged series, will take place at Barcade during New York City Beer Week on February 28 at 4 p.m. This beer will also be featured at Shmaltz's special beer dinner at Resto on February 26 and at the New York City Beer Week Brewers Choice event at City Winery on February 27. [Grub Street]

El Sombrero, the 30-year-old affordable Mexican restaurant in the Lower East Side, is struggling to survive. A waitress there says that rising rents have driven the restaurants regular customers out of the neighborhood. [Bowery Boogie]