Beer festivals towards the end of the year come few and far between, as most people start to ramp up for holiday events. However, the crafty team behind the locally famous Orange County Brew Ha Ha ends each year with a kaboom with the Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival. Now in its fourth year, the OC Brew Ho Ho returned to its home at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to deliver lots of beer to eager lips. This past Saturday, thousands of craft beer fans journeyed from all over to convene over holiday joy and plenty of holiday ale for a festive day of drinking, dancing, eating, celebrating, and more. Over 40 breweries attended to serve various brews, with many of them hosting timed/scheduled beer releases that attracted huge lines. For this year’s beer lineup, I did not witness as many seasonal brews – most of the breweries brought their regular year-round beers, with IPA’s as the majority present. I understand that Californians love their hoppy beers, but for a holiday-themed beer festival, I do expect most of the breweries to each bring one of their seasonal brews.
As a growing festival, this year’s OC Brew Ho Ho expanded the event space to encompass the field and parking lot at the front. This front space allowed for additional food trucks, seating, vendors, more breweries, games, and the live music stage. Along with this front space that guests arriving early could wander around in, the event contained a handful of games to entertain guests, such as glorified Jenga, cornhole, foosball, and the venue’s airsoft rifle shooting range. The organizers do not beat around the bush – they ensure the utmost quality in the care of their events, and I have written about almost all of their events up to date. I alone can do so much to provide testimony to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha series of events. Why not take a look at the countless guests all enjoying a great time at this past weekend’s OC Brew Ho Ho?
What would a beer fest do without some form of entertainment? As expected, Santa Claus made his appearance on-stage for photos with the guests, and brought a guest Storm Trooper to also promote the upcoming Star Wars film. For the past two years, legendary Richard Blade rocked the house with a massive set full of 80’s hits that had everyone rocking away under the big top. This year, none other than Orange County’s own Reel Big Fish took the stage, returning to a Brew Ha Ha event after their last one two years ago.
One may never find another beer festival quite like the OC Brew Ho Ho! It has everything a craft beer enthusiast can ask for, sans a little rain. For more events by the organizers, make sure to Like/Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, such as ticket sale announcements and posts about other similar upcoming events. If you have yet to attend any of these events, I highly recommend going to one to indulge and immerse yourself in the culture of craft beer. You may learn something about beer that you may not have ever known!