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Raising a Homebrewed Beer for Tenants

Scott Lucas | February 12, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

If only there were a way to combine tenant advocacy and beer. Wouldn't that be living the San Francisco Dream?

Well, stop dreaming. It's here. As part of San Francisco Beer Week, the San Francisco Tenants Union is holding a homebrew fundraiser tomorrow night from 5 to 9:30 pm at SoMa StrEat Food Park (428 11th St.) It's a chance to sample over thirty unique homebrewed beers, while helping to support the venerable pro-tenant advocacy organization. The event is called Hops for Housing. (And it's not like you have to agree with every policy position the group takes to admit that: a) beer is delicious and b) being a tenant sometimes sucks.)

Alcoholic merriment mixed with left-leaning politics—this would be a Portlandia sketch if the show were set here.

Besides supporting the organization, it's a great chance to sample some homebrewed beers. After all, why let the pros have all the fun? Thanks to recent changes in state law, it's now possible for homebrewers to donate their beer to charity to raise funds. There will be offerings from more than fifteen homebrew operations to sample, including those of the Sirwisa Brewing Collective.

Proceeds from the event will go to fund the SFTU, which in addition to its policy work, prints the Tenants Rights Handbook and offers free drop-in counseling for tenants facing evictions, rent increases, or landlord conflicts.

Did we mention food trucks are going to be there, too? All it would take is a surprise appearance by Tony Bennett to turn this into the most SF thing ever.

See here for more info and advance tickets.

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