Mammoth Festival of Beers – 2012 – Day 1

Posted by Darryl | Craft Beer, Festivals | Posted on August 4th, 2012

I love US Highway 395. Not only is it one of the most diverse highways in California, cutting through the Mojave Desert, Owens Valley, and Eastern Sierras, but once a year one of its many destinations is the Bluesapalooza festival in the town of Mammoth; also known as the Mammoth Festival of Beers. A 4 day event, with the Grand Tasting on Saturday, the festival brings together great musicians in a beautiful mountain setting, along with some of the best craft brewers in the business; 64 of them signed-up prior to the start of the event. CONTINUE READING THE FULL POST

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Firestone Walker 1st Invitational Beer Fest

Posted by Darryl | Breweries & Alehouses, Craft Beer, Festivals, News, Tastings | Posted on June 16th, 2012

The beginning of June 2012 gave me the hope that it was going to be a great month, and didn’t disappoint! My Los Angeles Kings were in the Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils (that turned out to be pretty fantastic!), and another beautiful Southern California summer was around the corner. But more significantly, Firestone Walker’s 1st Invitational Beer Fest was held June 9th, and turned out to be the best festival I’ve yet attended.

CREATING A WORLD CLASS FESTIVAL
Most festivals will bring together those that enjoy drinking beer along with those that enjoying pouring and telling you about the brews. The Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest was created to not just bring imbibers together with some craft beer, but to bring craft beer lovers and some the best craft brewers in the world themselves togetherĀ for what turned out to be a truly exceptional event. CONTINUE READING THE FULL POST

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Orange County Beer Festival – May 15, 2010

Posted by Darryl | Educate Me, Festivals, Tastings | Posted on January 24th, 2011

I originally wrote this post for The Beer Goddess (http://TheBeerGoddess.com), where it was published on 20 May 2010, and is still visible on her site.

It doesn’t get much better than when you get to hang out around the lake on a sunny Southern California day, listening to live music, and tasting your way through over 75 different beers.

Fortunately for me, that’s exactly what I got to do at the Orange County Beer Festival at Irvine Lake in Silverado, CA this past Saturday as an early kick-off to American Craft Beer Week. CONTINUE READING THE FULL POST

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