My favorite art gallery is figthing displacement and I want to help...
Right now Betti Ono is fighting to stay in downtown Oakland via this#PowerLoveResistance campaign https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/keep-betti-ono-downtown-powerloveresistance
With respect to all of this town's wonderful galleries, Betti Ono is to me the most vital. Offering a space for accessible and provocative art of all mediums smack dab in Oakland's city center.
So, my favorite brewery is donating beer....
Craftsman Brewing Company out of Pasadena has donated two kegs of it rarest and most sought-after brews to help me raise some money to help Betti Ono stay in the neighborhood it helped to ressurect.
The beers Craftsman is donating are two of the coolest they've ever produced...
1) "Late Summer Sumac" Belgian Style Tart Wheat Beer with Sumac and Coriander, Craftsman Brewing, Pasadena, CA
This recipe is the result of a collaboration between myself and Craftsman's owner/brewer Mark Jilg. The recipe contains a large amount of freshly ground Sumac, sourced from Oaktown Spice Shop on Grand Avenue. Sumac is an essential ingredient in Persian cooking, often used in instances where another culture might use lemon, tamarind or vinegar. Sumac is technically a berry and I was struck by the almost cherry-like, high-toned juicy character it carried along with its puckering tartness. There are actually places in the midwest that make "sumac lemonade." So when Mark and I set out to produce a sour wheat beer for summertime consumption, Sumac seemed like the perfect choice. The beer is aged on oak with wild yeasts and bacteria for 3-4 months. This provides yet more acidity as well as some funky and fruity aromas. This keg is from our favorite batch of the beer we've done. it has aged nicely.
2) "2015 Cuvee Du Masumoto" Pale Sour Ale brewed with Peaches and Nectarines, Craftsman Brewing, Pasadena, CA
This beer is the culmination of years of collaboration between Craftsman Brewing and Masumoto Family Farm south of Fresno. The Masumoto family has been in the peach business for generations and is widely regarded as being the best source of stonefruit in the state of CA. There fruit is so sought-after that restaurants, bakeries and chefs by the rights to pick trees, rather than the fruit at wholesale. In 2015 Mark made a sour beer base that served as a platform for three different varietal-specific fruited sour ales from the 2015 Harvest at Masumoto. On the 24th we will pour a one-of-kind, hand-blended "Cuvee" comprised of all three of these beers.
And, My friends at Lost and Found are generously offering to host and help out....
Lost and Found is the only beer-centric space in downtown with a staff and a clientele that reflects Oakland's diversity. L&F's owners, Chisti and Tim, also own The Layover. A nightclub, which like Betti Ono help to launch the revitalization of Oakland's downtown.
On April 24th, I will be pouring these extraordinary beers at an auxiliary bar in Lost and Found's outdoor beer garden. 100% of the beer proceeds, and 100% of my tips will go to help keep Betti Ono downtown. We will be pouring from 2pm until the beer runs out!!
Please join us and drink an extraordinary beer or two for a good cause.