Five Ways To Celebrate American Craft Beer Week In (Or Near) OC

Five Ways To Celebrate American Craft Beer Week In (Or Near) OC

Next week is American Craft Beer Week, a celebration of brews made in the U.S. of A. Local breweries and restaurants are taking part in the national party. Here's where to go to grab a pint.

Monday, May 13 Signing of the Craft Beer Manifesto at Downey Brewing Company Pledge your support for small and independent craft breweries by signing the Craft Beer Manifesto, which reads, "I declare myself to be a devoted acolyte, enthusiast and fanatic, and that setting high standards for quality and character in the beers I drink is not snobbery, but good taste." Downey Brewing Company will be releasing three special craft beers for attendees. The free event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. and is limited to the first 60 people who RSVP. To do so, text co-ordinator Sergio at (323) 528-1045 or email

Thursday, May 16 NIGHT of 1000 IBUs at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach The Long Beach bar will be pouring a collection of wildly hoppy beers, including Avery Maharaja, Ballast Point Dorado, Ohana Rhino's Redemption IIPA, Eel River Earth Thirst 2x IPA, Bear Republic Crazy Ivan Belgian 2xIPA, Rubicon 25th Anniversary IPA and Knee Deep Hopaholic 4xIPA.

Saturday, May 18 Founder's Day at Anaheim Brewery Bavarian-born Friedrich Friedrich ran Anaheim Brewery for 35 years back in the 1800s. This year, he would have turned 164, and the brewers have made a birthday beer called Conrad's Kolsch to celebrate. The party, which runs from 4 to 10 p.m., will also include hot dogs, a German pretzel guy, and Brewcakes for dessert.

Release party for First Flight a 13.7% Strong Ale, at Valiant Brewing in Orange Clear your day's schedule for this one. Valiant Brewing is hosting a special tapping of First Flight, a big beer aged in bourbon barrels.

All week Craft Beer Takeover at The Hangout in Seal Beach The Hangout will be pouring craft beer all week for the event.

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