Monday, October 3, 2011

California Beer Festival serves up brews in Claremont this weekend

Village West is preparing to close down street access and make way for the 2nd annual California Beer Festival this Saturday, October 8, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Sweeping across First Street near The Packing House, the creations of more than 60 microbreweries across the Golden State will be flowing for Inland Empire beer enthusiasts.

“There is more to beer than Bud Light, and that’s exactly what this event proves,” said event organizer Vincenzo Giammanco. “It educates people about all the craft breweries so that the next time they go out they will be asking for a Dale Bros. instead of a Coors Light.”

Lined along the north and south sides of First Street between Oberlin and Cornell Avenues, participants of the 21+ street party will enjoy beers special to the Golden Coast, ranging from the festive flavors of Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale to the hoppy kick of Kat Daddy Brewery’s IPAs.

Live music from 4 different bands will set the backdrop for the day. Food vendors will include Claremont favorites such as Casablanca Bar & Grill, Eddie’s Pizzeria & Eatery, Espiaus Restaurant and Cantina, Eureka Burger, It’s In the Sauce, and The Corner Butcher Shop. Pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and more will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $40, and include a souvenir tasting cup and unlimited drink samples. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Gen Giammanco Foundation, a non-profit organization providing financial support to student athletes in the city of Claremont.

Tickets are available ahead of time as well as at the event itself. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. For more information on the event or for the full list of vendors, visit

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