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Interpretive Beer Tasting This Saturday Benefits Oakland Feather River Camp

By Jay Brooks
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 10:46 pm in On Beer.

This Saturday, the Oakland Feather River Camp is hosting an “Interpretive Beer Tasting,” which they’re describing as “A Tastebud Tour of the World’s Best Brews.”


Here’s the details:

Saturday November 10, 2012
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Lake Merritt Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue

Tickets: $25 each (Includes beer samples and bar snacks).

From the press release:

Beer is universal. Every culture knows beer and every culture is proud to boast that its brew is the best on earth. Civilized people all over the world brew and enjoy truly great beers, but could it be possible that beer is responsible for civilization as we know it?
Ponder this and other truths as you take a tastebud tour of some of the world’s best breweries. Join well-known Tastemaster, Ira Bletz, as he looks at the history, lore and mythology surrounding beer and brewcraft. Find out the truth about beer advertising. Taste some new treats or savor some old favorites. Learn how beer is made and discover a beer famous in story and song. Join us for a fun, informative, and raucous evening. We’ll be enjoying Oakland-brewed beer, among others! Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets, please call 510-336-2267

Or mail your check payable to “CIC” to
Camps in Common
P.O. Box 11061, Oakland, CA 94611

Their program is great fun and supports their camperships for needy families, ongoing upgrades, and renovations. There will also be a raffle for camp gear, a free night a camp and some of the leftover crafted beverages. Here’s a history of the camp:

Oakland Feather River Camp opened in 1924 on federal land under a long-term lease agreement with the US Department of Agriculture. The Camp has been operated continuously since that time, even during WWII when some thought the program should be suspended during that difficult time. The perseverance of loyal campers and City of Oakland officials prevailed, however, and the Camp continued to serve the children and families “at home.” In fact, a surprisingly large number of campers from that era still cover to Camp every year.

Though camper attire may have changed over the last 80 years and campers have traded in their canteens for water bottles, much is still the same at Feather River. Traditions abound such as swimming in the swimming hole, singing around the campfire, participating in the camper show at the Starr Bowl, dancing on the Veranda and, for the stouthearted, even doing pushups when you come in late for dinner. Come to think of it, some of those late arrivals do look like they practice all year.

Until the late 50’s, not all campers upheld the tradition of comparing drive-times from the Bay Area. Many campers arrived at Camp via the train that let them off right inside the Camp. You can still hear the trains passing the Camp.

And here’s a map of the camp today:


Below is a flyer with all of the details about the event. Sounds like a great cause.


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