When we posted a list of Five Can't Miss-Beer OC Events To Finish Off Summer the other day, many of you emailed and tweeted, "Hey, what about [insert spectacular local beer event here]?" We hear ya, folks. Y'all drink a lot of great beer. To further help you clink tasting glasses with thousands of friends and strangers, here's a list of five more celebrations 'round town. This should fill up your drinking calendar for a little while, though if you know of other events, please share them in the comments. Cheers!
Taste of Brews in Long Beach A summer beer fest at Long Beach's picturesque Lighthouse Park. No tear-off wristband tabs needed--tickets include unlimited samples from more than 40 craft breweries. When: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 Where: Lighthouse Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach Cost: $37.50 for a three-hour beer tasting; $47.50 for four hours. Group rates are also available. There's an online discount code here.
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Brews, Blues N' BBQ The name pretty much sums it up. Brews from breweries such as Goose Island, Bootlegger's and Cismontane, blues by SoCal bands and BBQ galore. When: 5:30 to 9:30, Saturday, Aug. 24 Where: Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton Cost: $40, includes arboretum admission, souvenir tasting glass, 10 four-ounce tastes and entertainment. Food is available for purchase.
Catholic Lithuanian-Irish Federation Brew Fest While sampling beers from local micro-breweries and restaurants, you're helping fund scholarships and projects. Win-win! When: 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 Where: St. Juliana Falconieri School Parish Center, 1316 North Acacia Ave., Fullerton. Cost: $40 for all you can eat and drink.
Drink Good Beerfest A celebration of rare and unique craft beer featuring more than 30 local breweries, along with beer forums and demonstrations. When: 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 Where: The Factory Gastrobar, Long Beach Cost: $25 pre-sale tickets (which end today!), include 10 four-ounce tastes, a commemorative glass, entertainment and more. $35 after today and $40 at the door. Ultimate Beerfest Orange County Craft brewers, food trucks and beer-lovers will convene at the OC Fairgrounds for this massive event. VIP ticket holders get to judge the beer competition. When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (divided into two sessions), Saturday, Oct. 19 Where: OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa Cost: $50 for general admission, $75 for VIP tickets