LA Craft Beer Festival

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then improving on someone's idea is the sincerest form of telling them that even though you like them, you're much smarter. For imitation/enhancement involving alcohol, check out Saturday's LA Craft Beer Festival

Following closely in the hoppy footsteps of last month's sold-out LA Beer Festival, the Craft Beer Fest's organized by a different crew of suds snobs, who've decided to up the ante with local bands, beery panels, and gourmet food pairings, all intended to make the event more than just a display of drunken buffoonery, which is adorable. Entry gets you 15 3oz pours of mostly tiny-brewery Cali beer, with participants including Santa Barbara's local-ingredient-driven Telegraph Brewery, Petaluma's high-ABV specialist Lagunitas, and San Diego's Blind Lady, who blames all her bad decisions on "beer headphones". Included-w/-admission food's provided by local notables like Echo Park's Masa (deep-dish pizza), Fairfax's Golden State (lemony Persian cucumber salad), and K-town's Scoops, serving stout-flavored ice cream; there'll also be an interactive presentation on beer/cheese pairing from the Hot Knives food blog guys, who've won five medals at LA's annual Grilled Cheese Invitational, dashing any fears that they're those snobby types who know what wine is

There'll also be a panel discussion with brewers called "Craft Beer: Past, Present, and Future", and music from bands including hyperactive surf rockers The Muertones and bluegrassy Cliff Wagner and the Old #7, who appeared on American Idol imitator The Next Great American Band, whose short-lived run proved sometimes, you just can't improve on perfection.