If you love the blues and you love beer then you might already know that it’s time again for the California Beer Festival. This year the event will be held on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2013 in Mission Park in Ventura, California. This wet your whistle weekend event consists of the Craft Beer Festival on Saturday (12:30-5:00 p.m.) and the Blues & BBQ Festival on Sunday (11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.).
Festival founder Vincenzo Giammaco said: “I had a vision, to create and produce an original Signature Beer Festival that, in turn, (would) create a huge economic boom in the local economy, raise money for great non-profits and shine a light on the craft beer movement.”
Saturday attendees will be able to sample many beers including Burt’s Honey Wheat; Karl Strauss; Surf Brewery; Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company; Creekside brewing Company; Woodchuck Hard Cider; Twisted Manzanita Ales; Wolf Creek Brewing Company; Mike’s Hard Lemonade Company; American Vintage Beverage; Headlands Brewing Company; The Lab Brewing Company; Tap It Brewing Company; Fireman’s Brew; Chaucer’s Cellars; The Boston Beer Company; Ace Cider; Twisted Tea Brewing Company; Indian Wells Brewery; Reverend Nats Hard CIder; Anderson Valley Brewing Company; Einstok; Venice Duck Brewery; Frozen Beer; Mendocino Brewing Company; Mission Brewery; Telegraph Brewing; Crabbie’s Ginger Beer; Crabbie’s Orange Spiced; Kronenbourg Blanc 1664; Oskar Blues and Coronado Brewing Company.
Giammaco was pleased about the celebration’s return to Mission Park as well He stated: “We’re happy to be back in downtown Ventura for the (sixth) year for the California Beer Festival! Ventura CBF is one of the largest beer festivals in the state and a great place to come sample amazing craft beer from all over the world.” Saturday’s live entertainment will include Rey Fresco, Dr. M and Petty Theft, a Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers tribute band.
He also noted, however, that Sunday’s Blues & BBQ Festival “caters to families”. He said the event “is an original experience where guests get to bring their blues chairs and blankets, sip on some suds, sample great barbeque and listen to an all-star blues lineup.”
The festival’s sixth year playbill will include: guitarist Tab Benoit, Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export, world-renowned, rock guitarist Gary Hoey, IBC-winners Trampled Under Foot, “seven-piece powerhouse” Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, crowd favorites Southern California native Michael John and his band, The Bottom Line and Louisiana’s own Jonathon “Boogie” Long.
The day will also include a BBQ Cook Off. Giammaco promises “a fun day of good people and great barbeque. Numerous barbeque teams—both amateur and professional—will compete as guests sample their wares and cast their vote for “The People’s Choice.”
Remember, this weekend happening is part of the week-long Ventura County Beer Week going on now with activities across the city. Ticket prices are as follows: Saturday’s Craft Beer Heaven, $50.00; Sunday’s Blues & BBQ Fest, $30.00; Designated Driver Ticket (Saturday only), $25.00; Blues & BBQ Sample Judge ticket, $4500; (Sample up to eight BBQ entries and vote for the winners! Sunday only); 2-Day Pass (Craft Beer Festival and Blues & BBQ Fest), $75.00 and V.I.P. 3-Day Pass (Friday’s “’Brew With A View”, Saturday’s Craft Beer Heaven and Sunday’s Blues & BBQ Fest, $109.00 and may be purchased at www.californiabeerfestival.com/ventura.php#anchor.
Children 12 and under are free. In keeping with the yearly tradition, a portion of all proceeds benefit the Gen Giammaco Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to student athletes to assist in their pursuit of both scholastic and athletic success in Ventura County.
Everyone is encouraged “to come and enjoy the food and music as much as the beer.” Indeed, if it is anything like prior years, it will be a memorable, music-filled event where the beer is chilled, the music is cool and the BBQ is “smokin’.”
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