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Organizers cancel – then un-cancel – Davis Beer Week

Beer flows from one of the taps at Sudwerk Brewing Company during a recent beer tasting at the venerable brewery in Davis, Calif.
Beer flows from one of the taps at Sudwerk Brewing Company during a recent beer tasting at the venerable brewery in Davis, Calif. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

We’re doing a lot of writing – and rewriting – here in the newsroom this afternoon, fresh off the news that organizers opted to cancel Davis Beer Week, then, in a matter of a few hours, reverse course and say the event is back on.

If you’re confused (and happy), you’re not alone. The cancellation came about when organizers, including Henry de Vere White of de Vere’s Irish Pub, decided to pull the plug on Beer Week, scheduled for Aug. 10-16, out of fear that sponsorship issues might potentially violate arcane “tied-house laws” enforced by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

But within hours, an ABC official had reached out to White and urged him to continue with plans to hold the third annual Davis Beer Week, which includes dozens of events and a beer fest that last year drew 3,000 people.

“I got a call out of the blue from ABC saying they are sorry things got miscommunicated, and that they absolutely want the event to happen and they want to work with us to make sure it goes smoothly,” White said. “I’m blown away.”

He added, “I’m glad we get to do the event. Now we have to get to work because it’s only two months away.”

ABC information officer John Carr explained his department’s position:

“After learning that the Davis Beer Week and Bike and Brew Fest events were being canceled, ABC reached out (Monday) evening to let event organizers know that the department is willing to sit down with them and help assist them to organize a safe and successful event this year. The department shares the goal of community leaders and businesses to put on these festivals because they raise money for worthy causes and are good for the local economy.”

I’ll have more on this and other beer-related items in my next “Beer Run,” column, which posts Friday at sacbee.com.

Blair Anthony Robertson: 916-321-1099, @Blarob

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