The California Beer Festival in San Dimas is all about two things – great craft beer, and the celebration of that beer. Brew aficionados and enthusiasts will descend on Frank G. Bonelli RegionalPark on September 6th, from 12:30 pm-5:00pm, to delight in a multitude of craft brews from such award-winning companies as Karl Strauss, Deschutes and Firestone Walker, along with local favorites Alosta Brewing Co. and Hangar 24. With delicious food options and over 60 craft beers on tap and a selection of ciders to sample, hunger and thirst alike are sure to be quenched. The festival will also feature live entertainment including popular local bands and other distractions like Bikini Bocce Ball. Participating sponsors include: Duke’s Smoked Meats; Rubio’s; Doubletree by Hilton Claremont; and Island Brewing Co. Situated on the shady shores of the park’s 250 acre reservoir, the event is guaranteed to be” refreshing” in more ways than one.
“The lakeside setting in the rolling hills of the San Gabriel Valley provides a beautiful backdrop for a great day of beer sampling, enjoying music, eating delicious food and generally having fun,” says founder Vincenzo Giammanco. “We are excited to be bringing some of the best craft brews in the country to this spectacular San Dimas location.”
Editor’s Note: This San Dimas location may need Beer Alien investigation after researching the human documentary “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Seems like alien technology was in use in San DImas.
California Beer Festival ticket prices will vary based on type of entry and ticket options include: VIP Early Bird Experience; Craft Beer Heaven Ticket; and Designated Driver Ticket.
- VIP Early Bird Experience – $70 – This exclusive (limited to 300 tickets) VIP experience is ideal for the true hardcore Craft Beer fans. The VIP experience will take place an hour prior to the gates opening to the general admission ticket holders. Take advantage of this great opportunity to taste signature and seasonal beers from participating breweries and a chance to meet the brewers and representatives themselves! VIP tickets include: Access inside the CBF gates an hour early; samples of reserve and specialty brews from participating breweries; (1) CBF souvenir pint glass; access to the street taco bar (taco bar hours 11:20 am-12:20pm; and (1) bottled water. The VIP pouring is from 11:30 to 12:30.
- Craft Beer Heaven Ticket – $45 -This is the perfect ticket for individuals who are looking to expand their mind and educate themselves on new and old styles of craft beer. The Craft Beer Heaven ticket includes: (1) CBF souvenir tasting cup, samples of Craft Beer, live music and bikini bocce ball!
- Designated Driver Ticket – $25 – The ideal ticket for non-drinkers who still want to go to CBF to hang out with friends and family and/or those responsible for getting everyone home safe. The Designated Driver ticket includes: entrance to the festival, (1) free meal from any food vendor inside the festival, (1) bottled water, live music and entertainment.
Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter the California Beer Festival. Tickets need to be printed in advance and brought to the front gate for entry. All Ticket Sales are Final. A portion of ticket sales to non-profit organizations including the Gen Giammanco Foundation which provides financial support to student athletes to assist in their pursuit of both scholastic and athletic success. For a full list of participating breweries, more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/sandimas.php#anchor. California Beer Festival also holds annual events in Ventura, Santa Cruz and Marin County.