When: Sat., Sept. 6, 2-5 p.m. 2014
Sour beers are all the rage this summer, and bitter beers have maintained their steady, faithful following — but rarely do these two taste extremes come together in the way they will at Saturday’s Sour/Bitter Fest, which will take place in the parking lot of The Trappist (460 8th St., Oakland). Eight esteemed breweries (including The Rare Barrel, Tahoe Mountain, and Craftsman Brewing) will bring two beers each — for a total of eight sours and eight bitters. Meanwhile, six local restaurants will prepare sour and bitter bites to pair with those beers. So, for instance, Berkeley’s Perdition Smokehouse, the subject of last week’s restaurant review, will serve pulled pork with vinegar sauce (sour!) and brisket burnt ends with a coffee-based barbecue sauce (bitter!). The idea is to keep the tasting free-form, so that guests can pair each bite with whichever beer they like. Other participating restaurants include Homestead, Ramen Shop, Tamarindo, Miss Ollie’s, and Hog’s Apothecary.