How to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of a raunchy British icon…Livermore Shakes style…

So by now we all know that 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy, right? Yes, we are kind of celebrating the milestone of his death, but not really. The world over is celebrating the fact that 400 years AFTER this man died and stopped producing work…we are STILL producing that work and speaking his words and deriving much of our modern stories from his plots (hello, Lion King and House of Cards).

Well, “that is pretty cool” you might say and then you might say ”yeah, I want to celebrate that, but is there a way I can celebrate that AND drink beer” and to that we say…”why yes…you can”.  Hence ShakesBEER. We offer up a few ways to get your ShakesBEER on:


Scenario 1: THE HARDCORE SHAKESPEARE FANATIC

  • ShakesBeer_DS_Half_WillyFirst binge watch (or RE-binge watch) PBS’s series “Shakespeare Uncovered
  • Then find your nerdiest Shakespeare loving friend and go to First Street Ale House. Order a locally brewed beer on tap (maybe an Eight Bridges brew???) and discuss the theme of misogynistic repressed war heroes in Shakespeare’s comedies. Then go home and read the whole canon.
  • Next, show up at Eight Bridges Brewing on April 23rd. Drink a Nottingham Brown and laugh and laugh over our fabulous original production of “Drunken Shakespeare” at 2 and 5PM.  Support the future of a new generation of Shakespeare geeks as a portion of the proceeds benefit our in-school programming.

Scenario 2: THE FAMILY OUTING

  • Grab a copy of one of Lois Burdett’s “Shakespeare Can Be Fun” books. Read it with your kids.
  • Then, go to First Street Ale House and have dinner with your kids….be sure to order the fried pickles. They are the best!
  • Go home and hop onto Shakespeare’s Globe website to the “Playground” page and play some of the Globe’s brilliant Shakespeare themed video games for kids!
  • Stop by Eight Bridges Brewing on April 23rd…catch our production of Drunken Shakespeare and order food and beer so that proceeds can benefit our education program in the Livermore 2nd grade classrooms!

Scenario 3: SHAKESPEARE WHO? I LOVE BEER.

  • Just show up at Eight Bridges Brewing on April 23rd. Order a Hoppy Annihilation – Double IPA, maybe watch Drunken Shakespeare…maybe don’t.
  • Support a literacy program in our Livermore elementary schools by just doing what you already like to do.
  • Drink more beer.
  • UBER home.

THANK YOU TO FIRST STREET ALE HOUSE FOR SPONSORING SHAKESBEER!