The Malt Ball is, objectively, the best event ever. Why? Because what other event pairs the two things you love most in life, which is to say, beer and music? (Sorry, "mom" and "masturbation.") The Malt Ball (which is THIS WEEKEND) pairs the best local bands with the best local breweries—cooking up delicious brews inspired by the music you'll hear! WANT MORE INFO? Check out our own Ned Lannamann's Malt Ball feature in this week's Mercury. Here's a taste!

This year's Malt Ball is split into three separate sessions over two days. Friday evening's session goes from 7 pm to midnight, and includes the bands Genders, Thanks, Grandhorse, and Night Mechanic. The Saturday afternoon session goes from 2-6 pm, with Summer Cannibals, Your Rival, St. Even, and Melville performing. And the Saturday night session, from 7:30 pm to midnight, is headlined by Red Fang, who are joined by the Woolen Men, Hot Victory, and Campfires.

To purchase tickets, go to, where you can get tickets for the particular session you want, or get a two-day festival pass to see the entire thing. Each ticket comes with tasting tokens, and all attendees get a souvenir Malt Ball tasting glass—that's glass, not your typical plastic beer-fest mug.

SO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, BEFORE THEY'RE ALL SOLD OUT. (We'll be giving away a pair of two-day passes tomorrow here on Blogtown, so drop by if you're feeling lucky!)