Local residents watch some of the 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from beneath the Yolo Causeway east of Davis. "Bats & Brews" will feature music, food, a sampling of beers by Sudwerk Brewery and the bats. Joy Elson/Courtesy photo

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Quaff a beer and watch the bats

By From page A5 | July 23, 2014

Yolo Basin Foundation and Sudwerk Brewing Company invite the public to celebrate two Davis summer traditions — enjoying well-crafted local beers and watching the fly-out of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

“Bats & Brews,” which organizers hope will become an annual event, will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at the Yolo Basin Foundation headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road) in Davis.

California Dry Hop Lager, Bavarian Wheat Hefeweizen and Cascaderade India Pale Ale Lager are a few of the Sudwerk beers that will be available for tasting. Davis’ own Big Sticky Mess will keep guests entertained.

As sunset approaches, the group will travel out to the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area for a spectacular viewing of the fly-out of one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats in California. Yolo Basin Foundation bat expert Corky Quirk will lead the tour and share information about local bats.

Tickets for “Bats & Brews” are $25 each and may be purchased online at www.yolobasin.org. For more information, call Shoshana Zeldner at 530-757-4842.

Enterprise staff

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