Friday, November 13, 2015

Top o' the Hops

Posted on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters

We're a hearty folk here in Humboldt and we like to get our beer on. And with good reason: We've got some of the best breweries/brew masters in the state, and our Lumbersexuals — er, regular Joes — look good with suds in their 'staches. We also love pitching in as a community to help out a good cause, like the restoration and upkeep of one of the area's most beloved landmarks.

The Eureka Theater's most anticipated fundraiser is back. ... Tip your hats and your commemorative glasses to Strange Brew, Nov. 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Eureka Theater when the theater challenges brewers to bring it on by creating their strangest and most delicious concoctions ($35). All the area's breweries are participating this year, as well as some out-of-towners, home brewers, and the fermented businesses' sweeter cousins, the cider makers. Past pioneering entries have included garlic beer, beer slushies, an IPA dry hopped with spicy grasshoppers (as in the actual little buggers), fruit and herb ales, and Pig Newton, a bacon and fig sour brown.

In addition to innovative suds, you can enjoy live tunes from The Uptown Kings and pair that porter with barbecued chicken, pork and sides for a reasonable price. Bring your ID and your sense of adventure, as this event is 21-and-up only. And if you've had so much that pourers ask you to hop along, Cassidy, Humboldt Bay Inn is offering discounted rooms and a free limousine ride between 5:30 and 10 p.m. for Strange Brew guests. Call 443-2234 and ask for the "Strange Brew room rate."

— Kali Cozyris

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