It’s all about the craft beer movement and celebrating great beer at the California Beer Festival in San Dimas, Calif. Masses of beer aficionados and enthusiasts will flock to Frank G. BonelliPark on Sept. 7, 12:30-5:00 p.m., to savor the aroma and taste of a multitude of craft beers and brews from award winning brewing companies such as Karl Strauss and Lagunitas Brewery. With delicious food options and more than 70 craft beers on tap, bellies and palates are sure to be satisfied. The festival will also feature live entertainment including popular local bands and themed activities like Bikini Bocce Ball. Participating sponsors include: Celebrity Cruises; Duke’s Smoked Meats; BevMo!; Earl’s Gone Wild; The Pleasure Pantry; and Swisher Xtreme.
“We are excited to be bringing some of the best craft brews in the country to San Dimas,” says founder Vincenzo Giammanco. “The picturesque lakeside park setting in the rolling hills of the San Gabriel Valley is a perfect location for a day of beer sampling, enjoying music, eating delicious food and having fun. It all adds up to a guaranteed good time.”
Ticket prices will vary based on type of entry. Ticket options include: VIP Early Bird Experience; Craft Beer Heaven Ticket; and Designated Driver Ticket. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter the California Beer Festival (CBF).
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 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; 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! Tickets will need to be printed out and brought to the front gate on the day of the festival.
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.
The California Beer Festival will donate a portion of ticket sales to local non-profits including the Gen Giammanco Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to student athletes to assist in their pursuit of both scholastic and athletic success in the city of San Dimas. For a full list of participating breweries, more information and to purchase tickets, visit the California Beer Festival website.