This is a busy weekend for beer lovers and foodies.
Pangaea, the Curtis Park brewpub and coffeehouse, is celebrating its fifth anniversary by teaming with BaconFest team and Track Seven Brewing to host a block party today from 3-8 p.m.
The ever-popular BaconFest has organized BLT Week, and many of the bacon-centric bites will be available at the block party. Participating restaurants include Bacon & Butter, Formoli's, Golden Bear, Grange Restaurant, Hook & Ladder, LowBrau, Magpie Cafe, Mulvaney's B&L, Selland's, Shady Lady Saloon, Thir13en, Tuli Bistro. It's going to be another hot afternoon, but worry not -- there will be bacon ice cream from Gunther's (which is right across the street).
The star of the show should be Pangaea's special anniversary beer, brewed by Ryan Graham of Track Seven and Peter Hoey, formerly of Sacramento Brewing Co. and Odonata, among others. I had the pleasure of tasting this triple IPA (11 percent ABV) and thought it was tremendous - elegant and very balanced for such a powerful beer.
Special kegs of Bois by The Bruery, Aroma Prieta from Drakes, Angel's Share by Lost Abbey, Fresh Squeezed IPA by Deschutes, the debut of Firestone Walker's first-ever sour beer and Parabola, Tart of Darkness by The Bruery.
There will also be beer from Allagash, Bear Repubilc, Bike Dog (opening soon in West Sacramento), Brasserie Lefèbvre, Brouwerij Bosteels, Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck, The Bruery, Delirium, Drakes, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Green Flash, Liefmans, The Monarchy, Ommegang, Petrus, Timmermans.
The block party is at Franklin Boulevard and 3rd Avenue outside Pangaea (2743 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento). $15, includes a commemorative glass. Proceeds go to the Center for Land Based Learning.
Congratulations to Rob Archie and the Pangaea crew.
After the block party, head over to Old Soul in the alley at 7 p.m. for the latest fund-raiser on behalf Sacramento Farmers and Chefs, the special project by talented professional photograher Janine Mapurunga. I did a story on this project a couple of weeks ago. The striking photos are all of chefs and farmers - no smiles, no caps or glasses, everyone wearing white T-shirts.
The project is ongoing. The fundraisers help keep it on track. Someday, the photos and interviews will be published in a book.
The Old Soul event features one of my favorite chefs, Billy Zoellin of Bacon & Butter, home of the most popular Sunday brunch. It will also be a concert by musician and cookbook author Michael Fracasso of Austin starting at 8 p.m.
The event is $25 and includes beer, wine and small bites. Old Soul is in the alley between Capital and L streets and 17th and 18th.
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.