"I'D RATHER HAVE A BOTTLE IN FRONT OF ME THAN A FRONTAL LOBOTOMY." --TOM WAITS

Portland has one. So do Philadelphia and most cities in Michigan. Even slow-to-catch-up San Diego has one. But Los Angeles has never had its own beer festival until this year's inaugural Los Angeles Beer Festival. And what makes a great beer festival? Well, this one seems to think Budweiser is part of the equation, so you may want to proceed with caution. Also, the Web site is peopled with white women who look like overly desperate housewives. However, there will be brews from a slew of domestic and international beer makers. You pay $40 for unlimited four-ounce tastings -- which adds up to about four bucks for every trip to the loo. And entertainment is by Petty Cash, a tribute to Tom and Johnny, (Saturday) and Hollywood U2 (Sunday), whose Web site says they are "even better than the real thing (almost)."
Sat., April 4, 2-5 p.m.; Sun., April 5, 2-5 p.m., 2009


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