Brews, bites and Bon Jovi
Beer is practically a required pairing for summer food. Now that we've almost made it to summer, it's time to get the suds flowing early with a pair of beer-related events this weekend: the ninth annual Raley Field Brewfest (www.raleyfield.com/brewfest) and the Powerfest 2015: Taps & Tunes (www.ffpaonline.org/events) event in Folsom. From the Raley Field Brewfest ($40-$55, 6 p.m. on Friday, June 12, at Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive in West Sacramento), expect beer from more than 40 breweries (including many local ones), ballpark food (pizza, hot dogs, etc.) and live music from '80s party band 8 Track Massacre. The Powerfest event ($10-$25, 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, 9980 Greenback Lane in Folsom), features local brews, tours of the Folsom Powerhouse, information about home brewing, trivia, food from Orangevale Meat Shoppe (which specializes in homemade sausage and wild game) and live music from self-described party band Azuar. Drunkenly screaming along to “Livin' on a Prayer” is optional at either event.