ALAMEDA, Calif. — Many events came and passed during San Francisco Beer Week 2015, but only a few featured the craft of local Bay Area homebrewers. One of those events was so successful that this Sunday, May 3, Bay Area beer drinkers will get another opportunity to drink rare, small-batch pours from local homebrewers — while being able to play on a slew of historic pinball machines from the 1930s-to-present day.
Pinballs and Pints is a fundraising event taking place on May 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at and for the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) in Alameda. The event will showcase eight breweries, in which local breweries-in-planning and homebrewers will be showcasing their beers in one of the few environments that allow such beer to be available.
Jason Beck, founder of Comrades Brewing and event organizer, says the event came to him when he was looking for ways to showcase nanobrewers like himself during SF Beer Week 2015. “A friend of a friend is connected with PPM, and mentioned that they were interested in doing beer events,” said Beck. “At that point, it just kind of clicked. The people at the museum and I were all amazed at the response to the event; it was so successful and so much fun we couldn’t resist doing it again.”
The last Pinball and Pints took place on February 8 and sold out with about 250 people attending. The event raised $4,000 for PPM and was such a success that Beck and the PPM decided it was time for another run.
“…we want to turn this into a bi-monthly event at the Museum,” said Beck. “We’re even talking about doing an outdoor beer garden in the parking lot behind the museum during the sunny summer months.”
Tickets are available online and at the door.