Crazy for hazy

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

In the last few years, hazy IPAs went from a specialty of New England to the “it” trend within all of craft brewing. In comparison to the West Coast’s high-alcohol ales with strong piney and citrusy notes, the “less bitter” East Coast style is “easy-drinking and super juicy,” according to Scott Scoville, co-founder of Beers in Sac, which will be hosting (to his knowledge) California’s first Hazy IPA Fest, Hazy Sacramento. Running from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 26 at the California Automobile Museum (2200 Front Street), the open-to-the-public event will showcase drinks from more than 15 breweries, including Track 7 Brewing Co., Knee Deep Brewing Co. from Auburn and Revision Brewing Co. from Nevada. There will be music by My Cousin Vinny and eats from food trucks including Burgess Brothers BBQ & Burgers and Cecil’s Taste, which serves new American soul. To prevent a hazy overload, each brewery will also offer another beer style for taste tests and palate cleanses.