Founders 18th Annual Black Beer Party

We invite you to our 18th Annual Black Beer Party! 

Black Beer Party is one of our absolute favorite parties of the year, and is the longest-running of our annual taproom events. For the past 17 years, we’ve showcased our most-lauded black beers: from massive barrel-aged stouts to sweet, smoky porters to hoppy-yet-roasty black IPAs and more. All of your favorite dark beers will be featured, including rarities, taproom exclusives, one-offs, and some brewed just for the event (full Black Beer Party tap list to come).

Our culinary team will be creating specials for the event and a full evening of live music begins at 5pm, featuring an annual performance by Oracle (our Brewmaster’s and R & D Brewer’s band).

The $10 cover charge at the door ($5 for Mug Club Members) gets you: access to the event & entertainment, a commemorative Black Beer Party pint glass that’s yours to keep, and your first pint of any class 1 beer.

There are no advance tickets for this event, just cover at the door, day-of-only, first-come, first-served, based upon capacity. The taproom will be ages 21+ ONLY all day.


Featuring live music from:

Oracle – the band

Vintage & Classic Rock, Performing their Annual Black Beer Party Set

Acid Cats

Acid Cats is an energetic sextet that sets syncopated melodies on top of driving grooves to make you stand up and move! An installment of instrumental madness piecing together Funk, Jazz, Latin, Rock, and Soul into a fierce Fusion of our musical influences.

Neal Francis

Neal Francis’s music is steeped in New Orleans rhythms and Chicago blues. 7″ coming early 2019 from Karma Chief.

The Mother Hips

Twenty-five years into a celebrated career is an unlikely time to switch things up, but the “divinely inspired” (Rolling Stone) Mother Hips have never been ones to follow convention. For their brilliant and exhilarating tenth album, ‘Chorus,’ the California stalwarts turned their recording process on its head in order to make their most fully realized and essential collection yet.

Originally signed by Rick Rubin while still just students at Chico State, The Mother Hips have spent two-and-a-half decades at the forefront of a new breed of California rock and roll—one equally informed by the breezy harmonies of the Beach Boys, the funky roots of The Band, and the psychedelic Americana of Buffalo Springfield—and established themselves as “one of the Bay Area’s most beloved live outfits” (San Francisco Guardian) through countless headline shows, massive festival appearances, and dates with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes. The New Yorker lauded the band’s ability to “sing it sweet and play it dirty,” and ‘Chorus’ is perhaps the finest example yet of that intoxicating dichotomy, a richly melodic album firmly rooted in gritty rock and roll with the kind of evocative storytelling that The Mother Hips do best.

Black Beer Party 2019 Tap List:

2 Chainz Black IPA
All Day IPA
Red’s Rye IPA
Centennial IPA
Solid Gold
Dirty Bastard
Kitty’s Black Magic Bubbly (Black Brut IPA)
Party Stout
Golden Naked Stout
Nitro Frangelic Stout
Nitro Oatmeal Stout
Shickadance Porter
Imperial Stout 2017
Green Zebra
Nitro Rubaeus
Breakfast Stout
Diamond After Dark
MF Donkey Stout
Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel-Aged MF Donkey Stout
Barrel-Aged Lemon Ale
KBS 2017
KBS 2018
KBS 2019
Espresso KB-Esso (KBS aged on espresso)
Parisian Breakfast Stout (PBS) – KBS flavored with cacao nibs, vanilla and cinnamon
CBS 2017
CBS 2018
Panther Cub
KBS 2019 Special Reserve (KBS in the best of the best bourbon barrels)
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Blushing Monk
Better Half
Port-Aged Razzle Hopenberry
Barrel-Aged Black IPA
Barrel-Aged Black Barley Wine
Lizard of Koz “Deep Cut”
and more!

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