“My parents were working a lot, so growing up I was left home with my younger sister,” Tran says. “I grew up watching The Simpsons. My [Vietnamese] parents weren’t really around or didn’t understand it, you know? Now it helps me to connect with people all over the world, it’s dope.”
Tran was highly involved throughout the beer-making process, helping to select and even add in the ingredients, while taste-testing trial batches along the way. (Homer Simpson would be proud.) He credits Camino Brewing and its brewer, Kim Pollock, for an open, collaborative process. The beer includes fresh pineapple and, according to Tran, is neither too sweet nor too hoppy. “I just told them I wanted a pineapple hazy, and they knew what to add,” he says.
In true fanatic fashion, the event will feature a Simpsons-inspired burger — the “Krusty” cheeseburger served on plates that resemble the clouds from the show’s intro, courtesy of the Mexican food pop-up Cajeta — and doughnuts. In addition, San Jose Simpsons and other local vendors like onndawn and Bag Dad Goods will be selling original Simpsons merch, illustrations and other paraphernalia such as sling bags. Tran notes that they have sold everything from crocheted plushies to 3D-printed models and epoxy resin toys at past events.
“I always open it up to homies who do art but haven’t always been in a show before,” he says. “It’s cool to see everyone’s take on The Simpsons. It’s completely free-ranging.”
Camino Brewing Co. (718 S. 1st St., San Jose) will debut San Jose Simpsons’ Pineapple Hazy IPA on Sat., Aug. 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with live music. San Jose Simpsons and friends will showcase original art and collector’s items. Food and desserts will be served by Cajeta, DVS Sweets and more.