Posts Tagged ‘Cali Uncorked’

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival.

The organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha, Orange County’s biggest beer festival, have delivered a new festival unlike anything ever before: the 1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this festival combines Californian craft beer, wine, food, music, and comedy all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and wines to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. Cali Uncorked took place at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Silverado in east Orange County, which lends well to these sorts of events with the massive area of the venue. The park represents an oval centered around a lake, with each side housing something different.

  • East: Attendees entered from here, and this side held the dozens of Californian breweries, picnic tables, and a row of vendors.
  • North: All the wineries set up at the north row.
  • South: The south section housed all the vendors, including merchandise, food trucks, food booths, and the pairings stage.
  • West: This side contained the music stage, comedy stage, and VIP area.

With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The drinks stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued to 7pm. This created an unpleasant crowding effect by the 3pm hour, as the people who attended primarily for the entertainment instead of the craft drinks continued to arrive even after 3pm. At this time, all the wine and beer booths had ridiculously long lines, and almost everyone in those lines no longer cared about the drinks pouring – they simply wanted to get drunk. This created a culture divide with the attendees of this event: those who care about the quality of the drinks, and those who attended for the entertainment that cared less for the drinks. Anyone who arrived early enough certainly got to enjoy any drink without needing to wait in lines, and could take time to discover the different types of drinks. However, as time passed, the type of attendees present quickly became apparent that no one cared for the drinks. At one point, I asked a worker about the types of beer available, but someone quickly cut in front of me and said to just fill her cup. Also, the rampant stench of marijuana gradually increased over time. With the lines for beer getting longer, people caring less about the drinks they received, the smell of marijuana growing, and the uneasy feeling of getting lost in a crowd rising, I ended up leaving before 4pm. In fact, the band performing as I left continued to goad the crowd into smoking and getting high, asking everyone in the crowd to share with someone nearby that did not have anything to toke.

For the first Cali Uncorked ever, the notion and intention of the event seems aspiring. Combining multiple different types of events into one represents a mammoth task that one person cannot possibly undertake. The Brew Ha Ha crew teamed up with music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) for this event, and I can see the stark contrast in the types of people they invited: the craft people, and the music people. This strongly reminds me of why I started this blog in the first place: to bridge the gap between the punk rock crowd and the gourmet crowd. The stereotypical punk rocker lives a frugal life and consumes cheap products, such as mass-produced beer and fast food, while the stereotypical gourmet person lives the opposite way, a life of luxury. I attempt to shatter those stereotypes by introducing the worlds to each other, and I see how Cali Uncorked attempts the same by introducing the craft beer crowd to the reggae crowd. However, a large scale event such as this probably lacked the proper execution to do that, as the reggae crowd just wanted to get high and drunk and listen to music, while the craft crowd had to deal with the smell all over the area.

Can the organizers behind Cali Uncorked come back next year with a bigger and better festival? I believe that the genre of music had a large effect on the people who showed up. Consider that the entrance still had a massive line in the final hour of drinks, and that the 420 culture eventually overtook the craft side of the festival. Perhaps Cali Uncorked can bring on a different genre of music, since reggae seemed to invite all the stoners and skinheads to the entertainment side. Despite having The Aggrolites as the headlining band, OC Brew Ha Ha did not have this stoner problem back in September. What if Cali Uncorked goes with either country or alternative rock? For now, we leave it in the hands of the organizers to decipher how next year’s event will run. In the meantime, check out Cali Uncorked on Facebook and Twitter for future updates, and for news about upcoming events.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 6-15
San Diego County

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Green Flash 13th Anniversary Release: Hand Shake IPA
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 9
Green Flash Brewing, Sorrento Valley, San Diego

Green Flash Brewing releases their 13th anniversary beer today at their tasting room down in San Diego. Enjoy the Hand Shake IPA all day in the tasting room, meet the brewers from Green Flash and Alpine Beer Company from 4pm to 6pm, and check out the various 13th anniversary merchandise available for sale.

The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 10
The Irenic, North Park, San Diego

Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.

The Menzingers: On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 10
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego

Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.

The Briefs: Live in Southern California
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 10, The Echoplex, Echo Park
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 12, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego

Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Los Angeles and/or San Diego. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Swingin’ Utters: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 12, The Garage, Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 13, The Hideout, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14, Slide Bar, Fullerton

Punk band Swingin’ Utters currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Each show has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a show’s link for details.

Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, November 12
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 13
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, November 14
5:30 am – 11:30 am, November 15
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

The Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon returns this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

Business & Beer @ Strand Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 12
Strand Brewing, Torrance

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Strand Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

The Misfits: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13, The Glass House, Pomona
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14-15, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Legendary punk band The Misfits currently tour across the nation, and that tour sweeps through Southern California this week. These all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for more details.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
Downtown Los Angeles

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Manic Hispanic: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13, Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Manic Hispanic will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter either of these shows.

Lagwagon: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 13, The Troubadour, West Hollywood
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15, The Troubadour, West Hollywood

Punk band Lagwagon currently tours across the nation, and that tour moves through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ El Cid
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 13
El Cid, Silverlake

Rock out this Friday the 13th with these funky rock bands in Silverlake. The cover for this show costs $13.

Bubble Run – San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 14
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

6th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 14
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag! Please note that this event now only lasts one day instead of the full weekend like in previous years.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 14
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. General admission starts at 10am and costs $15 for both days, $10 for one day, or $5 for children. Online-only VIP admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, allows admission to both days, and allows entry at 9am on Saturday.

Escondido Tamale Festival
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, November 14
Grape Day Park, Escondido

Indulge on tamales at this FREE and all-ages festival this Saturday in Escondido. This event will features dozens of food vendors, live entertainment, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Everything comes at cost, so guests should bring plenty of cash for this day. A special VIP package costs $35 that includes exclusive gourmet tamales along with craft beer and wine pairings.

Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout & Hawaiian Speedway Stout Release Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 14
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego

Come taste one of San Diego’s most coveted brews this Saturday at the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego. They will also have a handful of other variations of this brew on tap for you to try.

2nd Annual San Diego Cheese & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego

Indulge in gourmet cheeses and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Liberty Station in San Diego. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75, starts at 12pm, and includes VIP seating. All attendees receive 12 cheese and beer pairings. No one under 21 may attend.

Walker’s Wild Ride
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 14
Orange & Santa Ana

Firestone Walker will tap four very rare sour beers at four different locations in Orange County this Saturday. Visit their website for a schedule of their stops; however, which beer they tap at each location remains a secret!

1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 14
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado

The organizers behind Orange County Brew Ha Ha bring to you this new festival unlike anything ever before: Cali Uncorked. This festival combines craft beer, wine, food, music, and comedy all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and wines to sip on, you will not run out of different things to try here. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All guests receive unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Food comes at cost, so guests should bring extra cash for food here. No one under 21 may attend.

Skyland Ale Works 1st Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Skyland Ale Works, Corona

This little microbrewery in Corona has survived a year in the craft beer industry, and they will celebrate at their tasting room in Corona this Saturday. They will have their anniversary ale on tap, plus a few variations of the anniversary ale as well. Prepay for the commemorative anniversary glass to receive a beer pour with the glass; otherwise, guests can buy the anniversary glass for $6.

Helm’s Brewing 3-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
Helm’s Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego

Helm’s Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a plethora of special brews on tap at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday. This celebration has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and pay for cold ones as you go.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Balboa Village, Newport Beach

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $55, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Root Beer Floats with Stateside Crafts
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Saturday afternoon for delicious refreshing root beer floats for just $6 each.

La Quinta Brewing’s 2nd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 14
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert

La Quinta Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the day. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.

Outpost Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 14
East End, Downtown Santa Ana

A music, art, food, and multicultural event comes to Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $80 and includes access to a VIP tent.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Annual Wine Affair
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 14
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom, Costa Mesa

Sample many wines from some of the top wineries on the west coast this Saturday Costa Mesa. In addition to all the wine, local restaurants will also sample hors d’oeuvre to go with the wines. Admission costs $75 presale or $99 at the door. Use promo code yelpwine to receive admission for $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Bang Boom Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 14
Mid City Arthouse, Los Angeles

Music, burlesque, and booze all collide in one event this Saturday night in Los Angeles. General admission to this raunchy show costs $12, while VIP admission costs $18 and includes a special cup and drink ticket. No one under 21 may attend.

All Female Art Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 14
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach

Five local artists will showcase their art work in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday night, in addition to special beers on tap for breast cancer awareness. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Mosaic Craft Fair
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 15
The Alhambra at Urban Community, Alhambra

Get crafty at this arts & crafts fair this Sunday afternoon in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of independent designers selling their goods, a handful of mobile food vendors, a beer garden, live music, entertainment, and more.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 15
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations: Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

Wild Goose Tavern’s 3rd Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 15
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa

Wild Goose Tavern turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a party at their place in Costa Mesa this Sunday. During the first hour, guests will receive complimentary appetizers. Throughout the night, they will have a silent auction, raffles, merchandise for sale, and more. A portion of food sales will go towards a charity too. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and have a good time.