It is hard to believe that it has been over a month since the last beer festival I attended, but the break is over as there are three local beer festivals coming up between now and the end of August.
The first up will be Beers Summer Fest which will be held Saturday, August 15 at The REEF, Chair Parking Lot, 1933 S. Broadway in Los Angeles. This event will feature 10 breweries; Anchor Brewing, Wicks Brewing, Absolution Brewing, The Great Brewing Company, Solarc Brewing, Mission, Figueroa Mountain, Fireman’s Brew, Escape Craft Brewery and The Dudes’.
Presented by BEERS Magazine, this inaugural event is a little different in that it costs $10 to get in, but if you want to drink beer you will have to purchase one of their commemorative pint glasses. The glasses are $25 at the door, or you can purchase them in advance via Eventbrite for $20. I am told that the entire $10 from the admission price will be donated to the beneficiaries, RISE – Reaching and Improving Society with Education and Smiles for M.I.L.E.S. Foundation.
There will be food, games and music in addition to the beer. You can get more information at http://beersfest.com/.The following Saturday, August 22 will be the 5th Annual Taste of Brews. If you have attended Taste of Brews Long Beach in the past two years you know whatever growing pains they experienced in the beginning have been resolved.
As usual, Taste of Brews will be held at Lighthouse Park in Long Beach; which I think is one of the most pleasant locations of any of the beer festivals I have attended. Lots of sunshine, cooling breezes from the Pacific and music wafting through the air is the norm. There will be 60 breweries represented and plenty of food trucks for those interested in food. A few of the breweries scheduled to be there are Four Sons, Phantom Carriage, Saint Archer, Venice Duck Timeless Pints, Rock Bottom, Beachwood, Belmont Brewing and San Pedro Brewing Company.
Tickets are $47.50 for the VIP session that gives you an additional hour (noon until 4:00 PM), and $37.50 for General Admission, which begins at 1:00 PM. For the record, some advertising states the event goes on until 5:00 PM, the taps will be stifled at 4:00 PM. I have been given a discount code for the VIP Session/4 Hour Session. If you use PROMO CODE: CRAFTBEERGUY you will receive a 10% discount on your online purchase. You can find more details about the event and purchase tickets on the Taste of Brews website. The beneficiary of this event is the Long Beach Marine Institute. Lighthouse Park is located at 200 Aquarium Way in Long Beach. Parking is $7.00 at the Pike Parking Structure following validation at the event.
Rounding out the month will be the So Cal Brew Fest After Hours on August 29 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Farmers Park Market in Anaheim. This inaugural event will host 30 breweries, have free food and will be limited to 450 attendees. A few of the breweries in attendance will include Mike Hess Brewing, Evans Premium Lager, Ballast Point, Lagunitas Brewing and California 101 Cider House and many others. In addition to the beer and free food there will be food and games. You can get all the details on the Beerfests website.
Pricing for this event is $50 for online ticket purchases and $60 at the door. Again, I have gotten a 25% discount for Craft Beer Guy followers. Use PROMO CODE: craftbeerguy to receive your discount. The beneficiaries of this event are the Anaheim Homeless Collaborative and Project Hope Alliance. The Anaheim Farmers Park Market is located at 440 S. Anaheim Boulevard in Anaheim.
It looks like August is about to get very busy for me; I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events. Cheers!
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