It is that terrific time of year once again for the annual Boonville Beer Festival. Going into its 16th year, Anderson Valley’s legendary gathering is the ultimate beerlover’s extravaganza. On Saturday, May 12th from 1 until 5PM, the Mendocino County Fairgrounds is the place to be, as taps will be pouring out the sweet nectar of the gods for all to enjoy.

Live music, fantastic food and great vibes is the order of the day, and for just $40 it’s all yours. You can purchase advanced tickets at Toronado (547 Haight Street) and 21st Amendment (563 2nd Street) here in the city, which is always a wise move considering that they go for $55 at the gate.

A few things to remember: the event is 21 and over (I.D. required), there are absolutely NO dogs allowed on the campgrounds, so leave the hounds at home, and overnight camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Designated drivers are always welcome to enjoy the festivities in a sober fashion for as special rate of $5.

SF Station will be in attendance to report on all of the frivolity that is bound to ensue. For a self-avowed beer geek, this is one of the most exciting weekends of springtime in Northern California. If you fancy yourself an aficionado of ales and lagers you’re not gonna wanna miss it. Heck, there’ll even be some stupendous stouts for your sipping pleasure–Anderson Valley’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout being one of my personal favorites. Cheers to good beer and great friends!