“Drink, Sleep, Motorboat, Repeat.” “Do it for the boobies.” #fuckcancer. Beer festival attendees decked out in pink-centric outfits along with other beer enthusiasts and breweries from across the nation gathered for the annual Breastfest Beer Festival.
More than 80 breweries, various cider houses, wineries and food vendors provided bottomless drinks and food, Saturday, July 12 at the Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion.
The Breastfest Beer Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3); which donates 100 percent of the events’ proceeds to the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, a state licensed non-profit clinic that offers low-income women diagnosed with cancer alternative medical treatments.
The philanthropic idea stemmed from over a decade ago by Jennifer Procopio, general manager of Marin Brewing Company, whose mother was then diagnosed with breast cancer.
Around 1,500 people attended this year – a decrease from last year’s attendance – according to Procopio. Despite the drop in numbers, Procopio says the amounts raised are near last years’ funds.
“I hope to donate $30k to the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic,” Procopio said. “I still have a little accounting left to do but compared to the numbers from last year that’s about how much we raised.”
The Walnut Creek brewery, Calicraft, brewed two wet double IPAs in collaboration with Hip Hops Farm in Atwater, made exclusively for the festival.
“We just put the hops in these beers on Monday,” Thomas Vo, mad scientist at Calicraft, said. Both beers boasted a huge hop presence, with one being a citrus and floral burst of fresh Cascade wet hops, and the other being a resinous and piney splash of Brewers Gold and Newport wet hops.
Festival-goers received a take-home souvenir taster glass to sample the breweries’ selections, as well as free and unlimited food from local and larger vendors like Ross Valley Kitchen, Sauce, Three Twins Ice Cream, Krave, Purity Organic and Popchips. Among the large selection of food were chicken tinga sliders, caesar salad, pizza, meat and vegetarian hot dogs, pasta salad, chili, popcorn, iced tea and Asian noodle salad.
San Jose band, Daze on the Green, played a slew of classic rock tunes, such as The Police’s “Roxanne,” Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” on a stage set up in the center of the Festival Pavilion.