September looks like a great month for lovers of beer in California. Here is a sampling of what September has to offer, but go to our Calendar of California Beer Fests for a complete list.
Labor day weekend, Southern California residents can drink quality craft beer at two different festivals. On Saturday, September 1, the Alpine Village Craft Bier Fest in Torrance offers beer from more than 50 breweries. On Sunday, September 2, the smaller Drink Good Beerfest offers over 30 breweries, and a homebrew contest.
After a couple of week to exercise off all those beer calories, you can then attend the always good California Beer Festival in Ventura on Saturday, September 15, 2012. The CBF offers over 130 craft beers on tap, along with food and a Michael Jackson tribute band.
On Thursday, September 20, a smaller but very tasty event takes place in Huntington Beach. The Art of the Brew will offer beer from some local breweries, including The Bruery, Revel Brewing, Anaheim Brewery and Bootleggers Brewery.
September 29 and 30 offer another chance at a weekend of beer if you are so inclined. Taste of Brews in Dana Point offers beers and food from local breweries and gastropubs. Then the month ends with the a big one – the Los Angeles Beer Fest at Union Station, with over 70 craft and artisan breweries.
We have our fingers crossed for this year’s Los Angeles Beer Fest, given last year’s problems. Usually, this is a great event, not only because of the tremendous selection of beers, but because of the venue. You can take a train to Union Station, sample beers right there in the attractive courtyard, and then return home in the same way. No concerns about parking or driving. Prior years were fantastic, but last year the organization was terrible, and it took an hour and a half to get in, meaning attendees missed the offered seminars and, more importantly, almost half the sampling time.
The organizers blamed the problem on the fire department, saying they held up admission due to some safety concerns, but we witnessed the fact that there were far too few volunteers taking tickets. It was hugely frustrating, and we swore never to attend again. However, time has healed the wounds of lost beer opportunities, and we’ll be giving the Los Angeles Beer Fest another try because, when it works, it’s too good to miss. Every year we’ve attended Chimay has been pouring. How can you pass up a short train ride to unlimited samples of Chimay?