The old polka sums up the Davis BeerFest: Roll out the Barrel! We’ll have a barrel of fun! We’ve got the blues on the run! For the gang’s all here! Second brewer Mike Hutson of the Sudwerk brewery, driving, rolls out the barrels for the 2011 Davis BeerFest. This year's event takes place Saturday, June 2, at Sudwerk, 2001 Second St. in Davis. Courtesy photo


Point of Brew: Calling all beer lovers

By From page A9 | May 24, 2012

What an opportunity comes your way!

The fabulous Davis BeerFest, benefiting Citizens Who Care, happens on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the shade of the arches at the Sudwerk brewery and restaurant, 2001 Second St. This is the eighth annual running of this legendary event.

No self-respecting beer aficionado would dream of missing this amazing beer-tasting event and the opportunity to spend a few brief but happy hours with a like-minded crowd.


The price of admission includes a commemorative beer glass, complete with as many beer-tastings as you please to indulge in, a grilled sausage sandwich (from Nugget Markets), brewery tours, a raffle and a silent auction, and live music to dance to and people-watch to, played by those amazing on-their-way-to-the-top local bands: Tha Dirt Feelin’ and ZuhG.

Free parking plus a shuttle bus from the Target parking lot at 4601 Second St. is available for those who drive.

Can anyone imagine that this extraordinary opportunity can be owned for a mere $35? “Gasp!” you say “What a bargain!” And who can blame you for that reaction? “Where can I rush to buy tickets for all my friends and family?” you ask. “Why, I answer nothing could be simpler”:

* Tickets are available at Sudwerk;

* Tickets are available by calling (530) 758-3704;

* Tickets are available online at www.davisbeerfest.org;

* Tickets are available at 1017 Main St., Woodland; and

* Tickets are available at the door June 2 for $40.

Designated drivers are most welcome and can enjoy the food, tours, music and soft drinks or water for a mere $10.

As of this writing, there are 45 breweries signed up to present their beers at this event and we fully expect to have 50 by the time all the invitations to participate are returned. These days there is a renewed and vigorous interest in beer, brought on by the amazing variety of beers available these days from an explosion of breweries around the country. The BeerFest is an ideal way to find out what the excitement is all about!

Just to mention two: We shall have beer from New Glarus Brewing Co. in Madison, Wis.; this prize-winning beer is only available in Wisconsin; so save yourself a 2,000-mile journey! Also, we shall showcase a new product from the makers of Blue Moon; this beer is called Vintage Blonde and is a beer made in part with Chardonnay grapes. I don’t approve, but you might.

As well as an impressive array of domestic craft beers, we also will have a range of imported products to sample. You cannot go wrong here!

Indeed, beerfests and beer-and-cheese tastings are fast challenging wine events as the truly smart places to be seen. Beer is the new wine!

So, please be sure to wear your rudest, loudest and most outrageous T-shirt so we can preserve the rebellious, fun, exciting and outré atmosphere of our BeerFest and also avoid, at all costs, the smartness, grace and elegance that goes with a wine-tasting.

We’ll have smoke and sausages and loud music and dancing and beer enough for all. No wine and tinkling stemware, shady elms, designer jeans and jackets or music from Mozart. So please come ready for simple, earthy fun.

The objective of the event, however, is really very serious: It’s a fund-raiser for Citizens Who Care, a Yolo County nonprofit agency that offers social support services to older adults and their caregivers.

Through several programs the charity seeks to reduce the stress on caregivers of older adults by giving them some time off for themselves for whatever purpose they deem important. This is done through a professional staff that organizes a large cadre of volunteers who find rewarding the time they spend each week with their clients.

The BeerFest funds about one-fifth of the charity’s operating budget. The remainder comes from the long-running annual CWC Winter Concert, generous private giving and grants from private and public sources.

Of course I shall my-very-self be present at this amazing event and I look forward to meeting all my readers there; it will be my pleasure to say thank you to each and every one of you who, for so many years, have put up with this column and have allowed me the pleasure of writing it.

Let me show my appreciation. Let me buy you a beer!

— Reach Michael Lewis at [email protected] Comment on this column at www.davisenterprise.com

Michael Lewis

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