I don't actually know when the end of summer is, but I assume that when moms on Facebook start posting pictures of their half-smiling kids standing next to their front doors while holding brand new lunch boxes, we're getting pretty close. Sob! Oh well, at least there's beer. Lots and lots of beer. Here are five events where you can taste some of the best brews in OC and beyond. Happy drinking!
Tustin Brewing Company's 17th Anniversary Party The bustling brewery is almost legal, and they're celebrating with one big-ass party. More than 20 breweries will pouring all sorts of beers, including some rarities. TBC will showcase its own 17th anniversary beer, a double IPA. When: Noon (doors open at 11:30) to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25 Where: Tustin Brewing, Tustin Cost: $35, includes unlimited tastings, a commemorative glass, food discounts and a chance to win raffle prizes.
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Stentorian Release Party at Valiant Brewing The newest brewery to join OC's burgeoning beer scene is unleashing a beast of a beer, Stentorian. An English barleywine, it's got a 13-percent alcohol content (pace yourself, lushes), and yet on your first sip, you'll be blasted with the intense flavors of caramel and toffee. Read more about the wonder ale here. When: Noon to 9 p.m., Aug. 31 Where: Valiant Brewing, Orange Cost: The cost of beer.
Beachwood SourFest 2013: The Ultimate Acid Trip Pucker up. An event that only happens once every two years, Beachwood's SourFest is a week-long tribute to some of the most acidic, tart and rare sour beers in existence. The massive lineup of breweries includes Allagash, Deschutes, Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Russian River and more. All beers will be available in 5.5-ounce and 10-ounce pours, and a free shuttle will be running between the Seal Beach and Long Beach locations from Sept. 6 to 8. When: Sept. 3-8. Where: Beachwood BBQ Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Long Beach Cost: The cost of beer. OC Brew Ha Ha Seventy breweries. One-hundred-seventy-five craft and import beers. Food trucks. Friends. More beer. There's nothing quite like this annual beer-a-palooza in Oak Canyon Park. When: 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 Where: Oak Canyon Park, Silverado Cost: $45 for general admission, includes 10 four-ounce tastes and a commemorative glass. VIP tickets are also available.
OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K Ready, set, go drink some beer. Beer Run 5K is a flat, fun course through Anaheim's beer (and wine) history. The best part? When you cross the finish line, you can stroll over to the OC Fest of Ales, an annual celebration featuring more than 80 brews, gourmet food and entertainment. Just remember to run then drink, not the other way around. When: 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 Where: Downtown Anaheim, Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street Cost: $50 for general festival tickets, includes 10 four-ounce tastings, a commemorative glass and entertainment. $45 for the 5K run. Combination and VIP tickets are also available.