Of all the Sacramento-area craft beer events (and there are a lot!), The Art of Beer Invitational is easily one of our favorites. Going down on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at The McClellan Conference Center in North Highlands, The Art of Beer brings together dozens of craft breweries with talented artists and tasty eats, all conveniently located under one huge-ass roof. Attendees can enjoy unlimited 4-ounce beer tastings from 37 different breweries, including (but not limited to) 21st Amendment, Berryessa, Bike Dog, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Founders, Lagunitas, Ninkasi, Out of Bounds, Sierra Nevada and Track Seven. In many cases you can even meet and chat with the brewers themselves! In addition to all the great beer, you can check out work from a number of artists in the Art Hall, which is curated by Sacramento’s own Jim Shepherd. Be sure to look for the work of Beerded Designs (artwork created from the same sort of grains brewers use) and BeerPainter (an Oregon-based painter who works with, you guessed it, beer!), as well as many others. You can even bid on stuff that you like in the Brewer’s Art Silent Auction, which benefits Ales for Autism. There will of course be unlimited food samplings to help soak up all those suds. Blackbird Kitchen will be on hand offering bites, as will a number of others like Lions Gate Hotel’s O Club Restaurant and Lounge, Brown Butter Cookies and more. As cliche as it sounds, this really is a do-not-miss event for any beer lovers out there. The Art of Beer runs from 6–10 p.m., with special seminars happening from 5–6 p.m. Visit Artofbeerinvitational.com to pick up tickets in advance. For up-to-date info, like and/or follow them at Facebook.com/aob.sacramento and on Twitter, @artofbeerca

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