On Broad Creek, cultivating a spot to enjoy craft beer. Four years ago the chamber of commerce inaugurated the Bike ‘n’ Brew, a multi-teared bike tour event. This year it drew more than 500 people, who came because they heard it was among the best run events in the region.
Matt was there for the event and also had booked the evening at Abbott’s, which was having a Dogfish Head Tap Takeover that evening. So while he was stuck in the coolest restaurant in town, talking craft beer with people, handing out cool gear and enjoying Indian Brown Ale responsibly, I got to do not that. The mastermind, or one of them, is Ryan Cunningham, a chef who isn’t afraid to take chances. Abbott’s has the best selection of craft beers in town, superior even to the liquor stores. They have an exclusive IPA from Mispillion River Brewing Company and rotating taps highlighting all the best beers in the region. The hundreds of beers on tap at the fest are from all over the world and include varieties of ale, cider, porter, stout, mead and more.
The codes are one-time use, so once someone uses the QR code assigned to your ticket, it becomes invalid. After the festival concludes, Sublime with Rome will be taking the stage at 6 p.m. For the cherry on top of a brew-filled afternoon. Additional tacos and beers are available for purchase.
At the western end of the facility near the Seaside Stage. They will feature some of the best brews available, both locally and internationally. It’ll be twice as nice once more at Del Mar for those who like to quaff special beers. For the second straight summer, the track will conduct a double dose of cool delight with Craft Beer Festivaldates scheduled for a couple of Saturdays – July 25 and August 29.
Its like the festival is trying to recreate the old days of summer with a lot of the old favorites, but it also has a lot of new food. It’s like beer fest was too expensive, so now they are trying to make it more accessible. Its a good way to get new friends and beer, but I guess its not all that cool. I didn’t get to see much of the beer festival, as I had to work late and had to wake up at 6am. But we did get to see the giant cake that the festival staff had baked and all the decorations that were on display and people were doing their shopping before the event. An expanded VIP area includes catered BBQ, private bars, shaded areas, standing pit access in front of the stage, restroom suites, VIP exclusive entertainment, soft seating, fire pits and a commemorative lanyard.
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While this festival has a strong local flavor, beer is a global beverage. The annual competition ended with judges naming a beer from Belgium – Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel – best in show. Among the festival newcomers were two Baja California breweries, Ensenada’s Agua Mala and Tijuana’s Insurgente.
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Doug Griffith of Xtreme Brewing opened up in Laurel nearly two years ago and has been participating in the Bike ‘n’ Brew since he set up his third, largest homebrew store in Laurel. He come because he’s a member of the chamber, even though he isn’t allowed to offer tastings of the beer that can be made from the kits in his shop. The Chamber ladies I spoke with had nothing but wonderful things to say about Doug and Patti who are welcoming and accommodating.
Generally they asked whether I got to Dogfish much. My answers made those who didn’t have to be home that night happy and those who did a little disappointed. People planned to visit a brewery or two but a lot of them didn’t know they were within 30 miles of something like 10 breweries and less than an hour from 20 or so. To close out the Fair, Calibre 50 & Banda Carnaval is the final concert of the Toyota Summer Concert Series, but it will be held in the Del Mar Arena. The concert is included with Fair admission, and reserved seats also are available for purchase.