Fiesta Time at the 1st Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival

Posted: May 6, 2014 in Beer, Events, Food, Food Truck, Music, Orange County
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On a holiday weekend filled with tons of events throughout Southern California, one of them shined the brightest among them all – the 1st Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival. Organized by the creative geniuses behind OC Brew Ha Ha, this grand festival celebrated the Cinco de Mayo weekend with tacos rolling, beers flowing, musicians strolling, and wrestlers throwing. This past Saturday from 11am to 4pm, over 30 different microbreweries set up stations at Lakeview Park, a part of the Irvine Lake area in Silverado, to serve their tasty brews to the thousands of visitors. Admission to this festival included unlimited beer tastings and access to the multitude of food vendors, all selling gourmet tacos for $2 each. While all the attendees enjoyed their beers and tacos, Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained the crowds with their antics and wrestling, and great local music acts filled the air with resonance all day. Words can only say so much, so enjoy the photo tour of Sabroso!

The doors to the festival opened at 11am, but only allowed access to the first area, which contained all the merchandise and food vendors. With the exception of a few breweries, no visitor could yet access the breweries down below. More than enough food vendors served up great tacos for everyone to munch on, including but not limited to Haven Gastropub with Great Divide, The Kroft, Taps Fish House, Brewcakes, Stadium Brewing, The Iron Press, Cooper Confections, Garlic Scapes, Porko Rico BBQ, and Dos Chinos.

Once the lower area to the festival opened up, a vast hillside of beer and entertainment awaited! In order to completely navigate the entire festival area, I decided to make rounds around this area, circling the area a few times until I could pass by every table. Along this first trip around the breweries, I encountered Bottle Logic, Beach City Brewery, Belching Beaver, Bootlegger’s (not pictured), Left Coast, Lagunitas, Backstreet Brewery, JT Schmid’s, Clown Shoes, Ballast Point, Ritual Brewing, Drake’s, El Segundo Brewing, Cismontane, Firestone, Hangar 24, and Saint Archer.

By the time I had reached Saint Archer, the first wrestling match started to get under way.

The wrestling match ended slightly after 1pm, which meant that Bottle Logic had just released their Leche Borracho, their famous Leche Molé with tequila oak chips. As expected, Bottle Logic saw a huge line of eager visitors all vying to taste some of this special batch brewed just for this occasion.

After the previous wrestling match had ended, live music got started on the main stage with Santana cover band Sol Sacrifice, which got the crowd up and dancing away.

With other timed beer releases approaching, I started my second round of the breweries. This next round consisted of I And I, Old Orange, Pizza Port, Ritual, Ironfire, Mission, and Tustin. Ritual released their Art of Dankness at 1:15, so I made it a priority to show up there when they started to pour it.

Following some antics at the Sabroso sign, I spotted another wrestling match that had already started.

This wrestling match ended just before 2pm, when two more breweries would hold timed releases: Clown Shoes, and Valiant Brewing. I never officially asked the Clown Shoes people what beer they released at 2pm, so it still remains a mystery to me. As for Valiant, they released their special Dos Kratos at 2pm, an offshoot of their standard Kratos brew.

Following this small section at the front, I took it easy to enjoy the sights, and observe the people enjoying their day.

I made one final round at the back section of the festival. In this small shaded area, I found Tap It, Black Market, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Stone, Coronado, and North Coast. By this point, I do not even remember taking these photos. Enjoy them anyways!

With the festival’s closing time of 4pm approaching, I took my last sip of beer to opt for some water, provided free to all visitors by the festival organizers. At this point, I witnessed Patricia from Bootlegger’s having a little fun with her friends.

You cannot find a better Orange County beer festival than anything from OC Brew Ha Ha. When they organize something, they do it right with no excuses. Looking forward to attending their next event? Make sure you mark Saturday, September 6, 2014 on your calendar, as the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on that day. Remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for all the latest details from the OC Brew Ha Ha camp.

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