Over beer festivals? Yeah, no. Humboldt Beer Week is still going strong, with Blue Lake's Hoptoberfest taking over Perigot Park on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. ($30, $25 advance).
The Trouble, Squeezebug, Guns and Barrels and Cadillac Ranch are all set to keep you dancing and toe-tapping through the outdoor open-container revelry. Go to www.hoptoberfest.net and scan the schedule for the free shuttle running between Blue Lake, McKinleyville and Arcata before you start sampling the 15 brews on tap. (Lining up sober transportation is part of that "drink responsibly" phrase on all the posters — that and deleting your ex's number before you go.) Also, leave the dog at home. (You think he's not judging when you're tipsy, but he is.)
Six Rivers, Humboldt Regeneration, Mad River, Redwood Curtain, Lost Coast, Eel River, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Anderson Valley, New Belgium, Mendocino, Alaskan and Bear Republic breweries are all representing. The whole thing goes to raise money for the Blue Lake Education Foundation, so enjoy a cold one while you invest in our future.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill