EVENT - 7th Annual Beer Art & Music (BAM) Festival at 18th Street Arts Center

By Dena Burroughs  --  September 13, 2016

Los Angeles' most artful craft beer event is back this Sep. 24 from 1pm-5pm. This benefit event, entitled BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival), is a renowned Westside craft beer festival prized for its trifecta of all things fun - a celebration of contemporary art, music, and California's finest craft beers.

A special bonus for BAM Fest attendees will be the opportunity to participate in 20-minute mini-educational sessions called Crash Courses that will cover everything from beer and food pairing to how to make a DIY homebrew. And for those who prefer fermented grapes to hops there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California's finest wines as well as home brewed sodas by local home brewing clubs.

Art will be everywhere. BAM Fest guests will have the special opportunity to explore a dynamic interactive installation by LA-based art collective Lucky Dragons, an exhibition by Taiwanese Canadian artist Hao Ni, and a special pop-up group show of LA artists organized by Hao. Throughout the campus will also be installations by Japan-based artist Kaoru Hironaka, painter Yvette Gellis, and a presentation by the groundbreaking media collective EZ TV. BAM guests can participate in artist-inspired photo booths and art-making workshops including Marcus Kuiland-Nazario's popular Crafternoon.

With 40+ breweries and 100+ beers, live ground-breaking punk bands, contemporary art installations, open artist studios, artist vendors, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest should record-breaking crowds in this its seventh year as one of LA's most anticipated cultural celebrations.

The 40+ breweries will range from big to small, from the popular and widely known Stone Brewing Co and El Segundo Brewing Co. to newly launched breweries including LA-based Indie Brewing Company. Santa Monica's only local brewery, Santa Monica Brew Works, will also be a part of the fun and have even given 18th Street additional support as one of the lead sponsors. A list of the participating breweries lined up for the event follows:

101 Cider House / Angel City Brewery / Ballast Point Brewing Co. / Boochcraft Kombucha / Boomtown Brewery / Boston Beer Co. / Boulevard Brewing Co. / Crude Brew Crew / Dogfish Head Brewery / Dr. Jekyll's Craft / Drake's Brewing Co. / Enegren Brewing Co. / El Segundo Brewing Co. / Firestone Walker Brewing Co. / Golden Road Brewing Co. / Guinness / Indie Brewing Co. / King Harbor Brewing Co. / Kinetic Brewing Co. / Ladyface Ale Companie / Lagunitas Brewing Co. / MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. / New Belgium Brewing Co. / Phantom Carriage Brewery / Saint Archer Brewing Co. / Santa Monica Brew Works / Sixpoint Brewery / Smog City Brewing Co. / Stone Brewing Co. / Strand Brewing Co. / The Dude's Brewing Co. / Three Weavers Brewing Co. / Transplants Brewing Co. / Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co.

To soak up all the scrumptious brews, a diverse selection of six food trucks will provide a bounty of signature dishes. Plus, there will be pretzel necklaces (huh? come over and see!).

Tickets into the event are $45 until 9/23, and then $50 at the door. Proceeds will benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 26 year old artist residency program and arts center that has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles' most engaging and diverse artists and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe. Find tickets by following this link, and additional information about BAM Fest 2016 and 18th Street Arts Center here.

Finally, if you prefer not to drive, there will be a FREE Bike Valet. Plus the new Metro Expo line stops right at 17th/SMC, only a block away from the festivities. The Expo is only a 40 minute ride from downtown. Learn more here.

Got plans for Sep. 24 yet? How about this: start with a sunny Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica, add craft beer brewed by a world-class, friendly group of brewers who geek out about beer, mix in groundbreaking LA punk legend Alice Bag, DJ Lina Lecaro, and up-and-coming punk band The Sex Stains, all centered around artists' studios and contemporary one-of-a-kind art projects. Sounds good? Yes, it does.