Why should Orange and Huntington Beach have all the fun? Brea's brewing something special this weekend, as TAPS Fish House & Brewery launches its Craft Brew Festival tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.
For $50, folks will have 15 beverage tickets and unlimited eats. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Brea, Placentia and Yorba Linda. And the beer ain't just TAPS, either. Hop onwards for the roundup of 34. You heard us. Thirty-four.
Angel City Brewing
Dale Bros. Brewing
Eagle Rock Brewing Company
El Segundo Brewing Company
Golden Road Brewing
I & I Brewing
Inland Empire Brewing
Left Coast Brewing Company
Main Street Brewery
Noble Ale Works
Old Orange Brewing Company
Pizza Port San Clemente
Ritual Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Company
The Brewery at Abigaile
Whew! They've been doing this at their Corona locale for the last few years already, so this is old hat for TAPS. And if you're questioning the food, well, we've got that list as well. Chef Manuel Gonzalez planned a pairing menu resembling a mini global street fair.
"Chinatown" – Crunchy lobster dumplings
"New Orleans" – Bananas foster topped banana bread pudding (Note: Only dessert option)
"Cuba" – Mojo marinated chicken skewers
"Hawaii" – General Store: Spam musubi (YES!), kalua pork, mac salad, chicken katsu
"Italy" – Salami & Capicola stromboli
"Mexico" – Picadillo tostada
"Middle East" – Shawerma
"Japan" – Crispy rice fried calamari
"Thailand" – Banana leaf wrapped swai
"Milwaukee" – Classic bratwurst
"Chicago" – Windy City dog
"Los Angeles" – LA dog
We strongly recommend walking shoes and sunscreen this weekend, because all that drinking will eventually catch up with you. We will be somewhere between Hawaii and the Middle East, drinking something refreshing from Pizza Port.