Hoptopia is a craft beer festival unlike anything you've ever seen. It combines a range of hoppy beers with Improv comedy (by Comedy Hideaway), food pairings, hop-school and interactive art (Fishbon). Also, there is a sciency-experimental section that examines how audio and visual stimuli interact with two complex beers.
Hoptopia is the brainchild of Zach Rosen, who has hosted many a beer pairing (paired with appetizers, movies, plants - SB Botanic gardens) event at Goleta and Santa Barbara. Some of his other works include Belgian beer school and Absinthe tasting session.
The event hopes to push craft beer drinking into an experience that combines the senses of touch, hearing, taste, smell and sight. Find out more at http://www.brewreverie.com/
It is a very cool and ambitious project in craft beer and pairings. There are going to be lots of people and breaking the ice will be easy. Use promo code 'SCSingles' (bring a copy of this page with you) and get a $45 ticket for $40.