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L.A. Beerathon now less of a marathon, but there's still beer

March 30, 2012 |  4:23 pm

Cups are lined up for participants at the 2011 NYC Beerathon. This year was planned as the inaugural Los Angeles event.
In today's Calendar, we profiled this Saturday's L.A. Beerathon, an offshoot of a five-year-old New York event that promised partygoers a single prepaid ticket that would land them a mid-to-high-end beer at 26 downtown bars and restaurants. For beer nerds, it seemed like a Disney FastPass for booze, and a Saturday to be remembered (or, perhaps, very swiftly forgotten).

But a late-hour dispute with the California ABC over the definition of what constitutes a "free drink," has prompted a last-minute and radical change in the event. The organizers announced that refunds will be issued for every prepurchased $55 ticket, and eventgoers will no longer be able to show a pass and receive the allotted drink, effectively canceling the Beerathon as a structured event.

Organizers are still encouraging fans to travel the 26-stop downtown route and sample the wares (and several food and drink specials) at regular individual prices. Which means the event now just resembles our typical Saturday afternoon. 

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Photo: Cups are lined up for participants at the 2011 NYC Beerathon. This year was planned as the inaugural Los Angeles event.

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