Hop Culture, the beer-obsessed magazine that goes deep on what exactly makes a farmhouse brewery and issues nuanced edicts on American beer culture’s complicated relationship with IPAs, is returning to Uptown Oakland’s Drake’s Dealership next Saturday, April 20, for its second festival, Juicy Brews WestFest, this time benefiting City Slicker Farms, those urban agronomists who believe that healthy, affordable food is a universal human right.
With more than 20 breweries from across the country pouring their most highly regarded brews, it’s going to pack 700 people into Drake’s to sample it all — and to hang out with Rob Corradetti, better-known as Killer Acid, the illustrator known for cheerfully grotesque work with a heavy dose of upbeat humor (“Nugs, Hugs, or Bugs, Everyone Rides for Free”). Since it’s 420, you know the merch will be good, and some of it — pins, et cetera — is by the Londoner Sam Taylor.
Alvarado Street, Cellarmaker, Dancing Gnome, Southern Grist, The Rare Barrel, and well over a dozen more breweries will be there to party at this “very delicious craft beer festival,” for which the $60 admission gets you unlimited two-ounce pours from knowledgeable reps who can guide you through your most arcane questions, plus there’s food available for purchase. If you miss this one, you’ll want to put yourself in the cone of shame, when really, the aromatic cone of oleoresin and other bittering agents is so much more enjoyable.
Juicy Brews WestFest, Saturday, April 20, noon-4 p.m., at Drake’s Dealership, 2325 Broadway, Oakland. $60, drinkdrakes.com/dealership