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Books and Brews


Bookshop's popular summer event series returns for the fourth year in 2018! 

We are excited to bring back our series of events combining our love of literature and our love of craft beer. Five book-focused events will be held at some of our favorite beer houses (and one distillery) this summer. Enjoy special offers and discounts at each beer house on the night of their event.


Pick up a Books & Brews Passport in the store (or print one here). Get it stamped at three or more events in the series and you'll be entered to win a $150 Bookshop gift card.


Monday, June 11th, at 7:00

Lúpulo Craft Beer Hour

Summer Series kick-off: LitHops! Pair books with the perfect brew and then pick your favorite match. $17 entry includes your choice of a featured book-Bookshop booksllers' top picks for the summer. Special Offer from our friends at Lúpulo: 50% off the first draught beer, cider, glass of wine, or nonalcoholic beverage you purchase that night with your ticket to the event. Thanks Lúpulo! Tickets on sale through Brown Paper Tickets.


Thursday, July 26th, at 7:00

Discretion Brewing

Author event: Cara Black, author of Murder on the Left Bank, will join us to discuss the latest book in her Parisian mystery series featuring detective Aimee Leduc. Join us for intrigue with a French theme! Special Offer: Our friends at Discretion are generously offering 50% off one beer with book purchase at the event. Thanks Discretion!


SOLD OUT: Tuesday, July 31st, at 7:00

Venus Spirits

The Spirit of Hogwarts: 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter, ticketed event. The book series that has enchanted millions since our very first train ride to Hogwarts turns 20 this year in the United States. On Harry's birthday, July 31st, we will celebrate the spirit of Hogwarts in grand style with a special menu of witchy mixed drinks, a round of Harry Potter trivia, games, activities, and more. Buy your tickets early to one our two event sessions in order to take part in the magic. $22 includes access to the event, participation in all activities, and one special cocktail at the event (additional cocktails will be available for purchase). TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT FOR THIS EVENT.


Wednesday, August 22nd, at 7:00

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Book Swap! Bring a favorite book to swap, hear about others' favorites, and come home with a much-loved new read. See detailsSpecial OfferOur hosts at SCMB are offering a $1-price on a single pint of any of their flagship beers for all event attendees who bring a book to book swap. Thanks SCMB!


Wednesday, September 5th, at 7:00

New Bohemia Brewing Company

Community Read Discussion: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.  Pick up a copy this summer and come discuss this acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young wido, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent, that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism and faith, independence and love. Special Offer: Our friends at NuBo are generously offering 50% off of the first beer for any guess with a copy of the community read book purchased through Bookshop Santa Cruz (so hold on to your receipts for this event). Thanks NuBo!