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One Last Summer Beer 

We're getting down to the wire here, HumCo. Suck up these next couple weeks of Indianish summer, because we're about to plunge into months of soaked gray bummer. The end is nigh.

Sure, there are those jerks who will throw out jerky statements to the effect of, "You know, I actually love the rain," or "I mean, we wouldn't have these giant redwoods if it weren't for … " Blah, blah, blah. Pay no attention to these people. They are weirdos.

But, some saintly souls have found a happy use for our abundance of regional wet: good water, which allegedly makes good beer.

This weekend is likely your last chance for some summer sudsy Humboldt. Local breweries will lift your spirits one last time to last you through the winter at the annual Humboldt Hoptoberfest brew-a-palooza taking place this Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1-6 p.m. at sunny Blue Lake's Perigot Park. Presale tickets are $20. Drink in sunshine … if you still can!

All five of Humboldt's breweries -- Eel River Brewery, Lost Coast Brewery, Mad River Brewery, Redwood Curtain Brewery and Six Rivers Brewery -- as well as a half-dozen more regional brewers will be there to lubricate your gullet.

Do you dance better when you drink? Of course you do! Hoptoberfest also features aural artisans The Trouble, The Rezonators and Speakeasy Saints. Sing loud.

If that wasn't enough, you can also check your good Samaritan box for the week by knowing that proceeds from Hoptoberfest benefit the Blue Lake Education Foundation, which supports music, arts and sports for Blue Lake Union School District. So there.

For more info -- including schedules for the free shuttles running between Blue Lake and Arcata/McKinleyville -- check out hoptoberfest.net. Drink now.

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