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Beer connoisseurs rejoice this week as hundreds of brewers come out of the garage, kitchen, cellar or wherever dark, cool place their business is done to participate in two beer celebrations.

One could spend an entire lifetime, or several lifetimes, hoping to attain Beervana. But this weekend, the body, mind and taste buds coalesce into eternal oneness simply with a trip to Sonoma. The third annual Beervana celebration boasts over 30 breweries and over 125 homebrewers sampling their wares. There will be food pairings and live music by the Jason Bodlovich Group and Ragtag Sullivan.

In Santa Rosa, Battle of the Brews features almost 40 breweries in fierce competition for the crown of People's Choice. And in its second incarnation, the Craft Cup brings in professional brewmasters to taste and judge beer with a sophisticated palate. To sop up the suds, there's a sandwich competition dubbed the 'Wich Hunt, and music by the Pat Jordan Band and Cover Me Badd provides drinkers a way to get nice and sweaty on the dance floor.

Beervana gets sudsy on Friday, April 5, at the Sonoma Community Center. 126 First St. W., Sonoma. 5:30pm. $45. Battle of the Brews fills the Grace Pavilion on Saturday, Apr. 6, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa. 1-8pm. $95.


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