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We can't think of many better ways to kick off summer than with a tasting glass, free-flowing craft beer and hundreds of new friends to cheers with. The OC Beer Festival is back for its fifth year on Saturday, May 18 at Irvine Lake in Silverado. Featuring dozens of international and domestic beers, the event promises to top last year's sold-out event.
Here's the brewery roll call: Heretic, Big Sky, Grand Teton, Speakeasy, Karl Strauss, ce Cider, Babe's BBQ and Beer, Hangar 24, TapIT, Cosmic, El Segundo Brewing, Aztec, Legends, Eagle Rock, Julian Cider, Ninkasi, Oggis, Left Coast, Beechwood BBQ, Old Orange, Singha, Cismontane, Backstreet, Anaheim Brew, Haven Orange, Valiant, Rock Bottom, Noble Brew, Bierbitzch, Drakes, Bottleggers, Golden Road, Goose Island, Shock Top, Anderson Valley, Strand, Mission, Figueroa Mountain, Rough Draft, Abita, Shipyard, Fireman's Brew, Manzanita, Oceanside Ales, Triple VooDoo, Latitude 33, Inland Empire, Monks, Rip Current.
The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. VIP admission ($50) begins at 2 p.m. and general admission ($40) begins at 3 p.m. Buy tickets here.