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Massive Charity-Driven Beer Festival Takes Over the Coliseum April 25

Hops and Hopes raises money for autism, but doesn't lack for quality beer.

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Beer festivals are nothing new in Los Angeles. As the city’s craft beer market continues to flourish, so too does its festival circuit, which now includes more than half a dozen independent and large-scale events annually. There are all-vegan options, cask ale parties, and all-out summertime hop festivals from Santa Anita to the beach. Few, however, give drinkers the chance to give back.

Beer Autism Hope, a non-profit raising awareness and support for autism, looks to marry the concepts of philanthropy and quality drinking by throwing a massive beer party on Saturday, April 25 inside of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Dubbed the Hops and Hopes Craft Beer Fest, the all-day event is more than just an excuse to drink well —proceeds are going to a worthwhile cause.

As for the Festival itself, there’s an expanded lineup that goes beyond just the beer. A beer pong tournament at noon, a series of beer panels discussing the industry and trends, and of course the festival grounds itself, which will be filled name brand breweries from across the nation.

Everyone from Alaskan Brewing and Allagash will be bringing kegs for the one-day festival, along with plenty of Southern California talent like Bootlegger’s, Angel City, Green Flash, Lost Abbey and Eagle Rock Brewing. General admission tickets run $50, while VIP ticket holders earn an extra hour of drinking and exclusive tastings for $80. Tickets are on sale now, and can be found here.