Beer Garden Coming to Blockbuster Parking Lot

This Saturday, the parking lot behind the now-defunct Blockbuster at 160 Church Street will be transformed into a mecca of music, food, beer, and fun.

And it's all for a good cause.

It's a Charity Beer Garden, being presented by the mobile taproom brewtruc and Western Addition non-profit Mo' Magic.

Your $20 donation will get you 10 4-ounce pours of craft beer from a slew of local breweries. Extra pours will be available for purchase. Meanwhile, a home-brew hefeweizen competition is slated to feature at least half a dozen entrants battling it out for your votes. And a number of food vendors will be on hand to help you absorb all those suds, including some local Upper Market eateries to be announced.

The event, which runs from 1pm to 6pm, is a fundraiser for a local youth organization called TAY (Transitional Age Youth). TAY works to improve the lives of at-risk teenagers and young adults in San Francisco who face challenges or need advocacy.

Brewtruc has hosted a number of these charity beer gardens in recent months, including events benefiting ForageSF, City Slicker Farms, the Night Train Swimmers, and the SF Lighthouse For The Blind. Brewtruc founder Hugh Schick tells us he'd been looking for a larger location to host the beer gardens for more than 2 years when he finally secured the Church Street parking lot.

If all goes well Saturday, Schick hopes to organize several more beer gardens at the location in the future. For now, you can grab tickets to Saturday's event here.