Normally when you drink outside in Old Town, a cop or a concerned friend up and takes your paper bag away. Not this weekend — at least not at the F Street Beer Festival ($5, 21 and over, or 14 and under with an adult). The Local, Humboldt Beer Works and the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center are taking over the lot across from the bar and turning it into an outdoor beer garden.
Shall we begin with the beer? The Local has gathered 14 specialties from around the county, plus selected sours, ciders and other drinks too good to pour on the ground for your homies. Humboldt Beer Works is putting on a home brewing demo for those of you who are thinking about taking the plunge, and local meisters will face off in an Iron Brewer challenge, the fruits of which will be tasted at Strange Brew next month.
You can sustain yourself from the ridiculously named Grumpy Goat Wingery and the Wandering Weenie Wagon. Regret skipping Oyster Fest out of spite? Shuck the pain away with Taste Fresh Oysters. You're going to need your energy for the cornhole competition and life-sized Jenga tournament.
Are you not entertained? Ginger Grae, Humboldt Firkin Tappers, Companion Animal, River Valley Mud, Plumb Uglies and Guilty Apple are all slated to rock the stage while you sip suds and watch Dmise, Luke Thornton and Duane Flatmo whip up some live art. Grab a souvenir for yourself and your designated driver on the way out — Eureka Jams will be on hand to screen print the shirt on your back. Way better than drinking out of that paper bag.