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.
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