Photo by Divya Thakur via Flickr.

The chance to drink beer for a good cause doesn’t come often — so this weekend in Lincoln Park presents a rare opportunity.

El Centro de Ayuda, a Boyle Heights nonprofit community organization, will host a beer festival this Sunday in partnership with the Plaza de la Raza community center and The So Cal Cerveceros, a Latino-focused homebrew club.

The Día de los Cerveceros y Cocineros Beer Fest will feature more than 30 Latino homebrewers, as well as local food vendors, live music and artisan craft vendors — and tickets include unlimited beer tasting. 

The proceeds will benefit the two nonprofits, which aid low-income families in Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and the surrounding areas. El Centro de Ayuda staffs a family resource center and provides mental health services, financial coaching and free income tax assistance, while Plaza de la Raza teaches visual art, dance, music and theater to students across Los Angeles County through its School of Performing and Visual Arts. 

The So Cal Cerveceros have over 75 active members who aim to promote homebrewing by “hosting tasting events, giving back to various charitable non-profits and patronizing Latino owned breweries, taprooms, bars and restaurants,” according to the group’s website.

Compton-based chef Juan Garcia is bringing his Goat Mafia brand of creative smoked meats to the party, according to Hopped LA, while attendees can also buy craft quesadillas from Cut Kitchen and vegan options from Zaneta’s Kitchen. DJ collective La Junta Sound System, Afro-tropical ensemble Tropi Corillo and soul-funk psych rockers Chola Orange will perform, as well as a special secret guest.

The fundraiser will take place from 1 to 6 pm at Plaza de la Raza, 3540 North Mission Road, in Lincoln Park. Attendees must be 21 or over.

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