Preview: The 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival

Posted: September 8, 2015 in Beer, Events, Food, Food Truck, Music, Orange County, Ska
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All the summer beer festivals have warmed you up in preparation for the grandiose beer fest of them all! Introducing the Orange County Brew Ha Ha, Orange County’s greatest and foremost beer festival, back for its fifth year in a row, bigger and better than ever. I did not make up that claim – when they call themselves the best in Orange County, who else can support that claim? For example, if a product claims to work ten times better than the leading brand, then why does that product not lead the market? Do the testimonials prove anything else, or do the testimonials get bought? I can honestly say nobody got paid off in this post – you will only receive the facts straight from me.

The 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine this Saturday, September 12th, 2015. As Orange County’s grandest beer fest not organized by a sole brewery, this beer fest always delivers the goods with everything they stock into one venue. Unlike some beer fests that only cares about numbers, Orange County Brew Ha Ha will likely sell out of tickets before the fest arrives. They only invite micro breweries with terrific craft beers, not that Shock Top junk, and this year, they plan to invite over 100 breweries to booze up all the guests. Not only will guests get to revel in all the beer goodness, but they will also have the chance to listen to keynote speakers from the craft beer industry, as they speak about all things craft beer and the industry.

Of course, I will have all the information you need to successfully get in to this spectacular event. New this year, all attendees now can receive UNLIMITED pours from all the breweries, compared to last year’s limited ticketing system. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and grants access to a special seminar and tasting with one of the keynote speakers.Do not dawdle on this opportunity, as tickets will cost $10 more at the door, if any remain! Read up on some tips to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience at this year’s Brew Ha Ha:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you pass the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left onto a road leading to the park.
  • Guests may park for free. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE fountain drinks on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Plenty of other forms of live entertainment will keep guests entertained and occupied. Click here for a list of the live entertainment.

For now, we shall take a look back at last year’s Orange County Brew Ha Ha.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

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