Beer plus James Joyce equals . . .

This sounds like fun: On Saturday night, from 5 to 10 p.m., the

Irish Cultural Center

will host the

Bloomin' Beerfest

, a Bloomsday party with beer tastings from

Sonoran Brewing, Oak Creek Brewing, Rock Bottom Breweries, Copper Canyon Grill & Brewpub

, and other members of the

Arizona Craft Brewers Guild


(Bloomsday is the Irish celebration named after the protagonist of James Joyces' Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, and is held every June 16, the date of the events in the legendary novel.)

Oceans Apart will perform live Irish tunes, and there will be readings from Ulysses thorughout the evening. Today's the last day to purchase $25 presale tickets from the Brewers' Guild (check out the above link to their site). Admission is $35 at the gate.

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