A community gathering place is a funny and typically organic beast. Planners can set up particular locations with the idea of local-neighborhood-i-ness in mind, but people will gather where they will for their events, fundraisers, and let's-be-together, no-reason-needed days.
The Angel City Brewery parking lot has become one of those de facto spots. True, the fact that bespoke beer is brewed steps away from the Arts District spot can't hurt, but concerts, dog washes, and other fun, come-one-come-all-who-are-21+ events frequently pop up there.
Even other local breweries are welcome, in the spirit of camaraderie and doing something great for other people. Such will be the case at the craft-minded Keep a Breast Foundation fundraiser. A quartet of our buzzed-about SoCal suds-makers -- Angel City, Golden Road, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock -- will all pick two excellent sips to serve on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Those eight sips served during the Pint-Sized Beer Festival shall stir up money to help the "youth-focused" foundation, which supports "programs for impacted by cancer..." Prevention is one of the hearts of the organization's mission.
There are two sessions, you get a 5-ounce glass and eight tastes, and the cost? Twenty dollars.
And the giving back? So nice, so good, so essential.
And this communal spot? The beer community is famously tight 'round the region, but it is extra sweet to see 'em all head over to someone's house -- er, brewery -- to lend their libations for a good, good reason.
May more parking lots host more fundraisers that draw communities closer together. To this, we raise our pint glass.