Preview: The 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival

Posted: December 5, 2013 in Beer, Events, Food Truck, Orange County
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The second annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival will take place at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. From the organizers behind this year’s biggest beer festival in Orange County, this new iteration of a popular event combines a beer fest with holiday shopping, as they also include a brewery merchandise expo within the venue area. Almost every brewery present will bring merchandise to sell, from clothing to beer glasses to accessories and more. A single admission of $55 per person allows all guests to sample unlimited beer pours from the 20+ breweries available, most of which will serve rare brews. To keep guests occupied between drinks, the venue provides a multitude of games, such as foosball, glorified Jenga, airsoft gun shooting, and more.

The bulk of the festival will occur under the venue’s big top, as most of the breweries and vendors will set up their booths in here. In addition, Santa Claus will make an appearance on stage for photo ops with willing guests.

Outside, a few of the more well-known breweries typically set up their spots: Stone Brewing, Rogue Ales, and Hangar 24. Speaking of which, Hangar 24 will also host their annual Pugachev’s Cobra Release Party that same day. Thankfully, for the guests attending Brew Ho Ho instead of going to Hangar 24, the Hangar 24 people bring a few bottles to share with guests willing to try this bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. I shall inform you now – beer beginners should NOT try this beer until they have developed their beer palate!

The gates to the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival open this Saturday morning at 11am, but beers do not pour until 12pm. Tickets cost $55 plus an online transaction fee, which you can bypass by buying a ticket at the door, if any remain by then. Admission includes a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters, plus access to the brewery merchandise expo. The beers will pour starting at 12pm and stop promptly at 4pm, but the merchandise booths will remain selling until 5pm. Guests can park for free at the venue’s self-parking lot, though guests may choose the valet side if desired. Expect to see over 50 different breweries represented here, and each of them should have merchandise for sale, which does not include beer to-go. Click here for a list of participating breweries and the beers they will bring. The list has grown since then, and now includes these and possibly more:

*Beachwood Brewing:
X-Factor #2 – India Pale Ale
Knucklehead Red – Red Ale

*Old Orange Brewing:
Old Dummy (Nitro) – American Strong Ale – 9.3%
Smudge Pot – Russian Imperial Stout – 11.2%

*Valiant Brewing:
10.5 MPG Saison – Amber Saison – 10.5%
Pathos – Oak Aged Imperial Chocolate Porter – 9.8%

Do not miss out the last great beer festival of 2013! Get your ticket today before it sells out!

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