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The Orange County Brew Ha Ha returns for its eighth iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this craft beer festival will feature over 90 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • 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 reach the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left into the park.
  • Bring cash for parking in case they charge for parking. 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.
  • 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!

Check out these pictures from last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha:

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When one claims the best of anything, people quickly speculate that claim as hogwash. 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? The 7th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha returned to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado this past Saturday, living up to its proclamation as “Southern California’s BEST Beer Festival!” Featuring over 90 breweries, a dozen food vendors, FREE sodas, live music, games, and more, I assure you that no other beer fest in the history of Orange County lives up to the proportions of the crew behind the Brew Ha Ha series of events.

The massive venue area contributes the most to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha. Despite the incredulously long VIP line, guests began entering five minutes prior to the fest’s start time. Fortunately, all volunteers and brewery staff knew not to pour until the time began. Upon entering, one can quickly feel overwhelmed trying to figure out where to find what. Oak Canyon Park has much to explore, and OC Brew Ha Ha did not even use the entire park area! (due to grass renovations, one entire side of the park did not get used)

With a vast venue, plenty of vendors, a variety of beer & food, entertainment, and more, time flies by for any guest at OC Brew Ha Ha. The average consumer cannot possibly experience everything within the allotted four hours. Like a typical weekend vacation, guests would require more than a few days to experience it all. Luckily, the Brew Ha Ha team organizes multiple events throughout the year, including some events that do not fall under the same naming convention, such as Ye Scallywag, Cali Uncorked, and the newly announced Driftwood Festival (tickets NOW available – use promo code BEER). In addition, the team will bring back their signature beer fest in December under the moniker OC Brew Ho Ho, so if you need your beer fix, keep this in mind when December rolls around. No other beer fest in Orange County can top OC Brew Ha Ha, because it triumphs over all.

The Orange County Brew Ha Ha returns for its seventh iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this craft beer festival will feature over 90 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • 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 reach the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left into the park.
  • Bring cash for parking in case they charge for parking. 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.
  • 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!

Check out these pictures from last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha:

A wise person once brought up an interesting thought: if an advertised product claims to work 10 times better than the leading brand, then why does that product not lead the market? Why focus so much effort on marketing when you lead the market? For example, in the battle of Coke versus Pepsi, Coke arguably has a greater market share than Pepsi. While Coke still advertises regularly, they do not advertise as much as Pepsi. Top companies do not need to market as much because they already boast a solid reputation, and the constituents will speak up for it. Testimonials mean the world in this day & age of modern technology and the internet, as business visibility can come to our fingertips in a matter of seconds thanks to the advent of smartphones and mobile internet devices. When enough people speak, other people listen, and you will forever hear about the greatness behind the annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival.

Now entering their sixth year in a row running, the Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival returned to sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine. Coined as Orange County’s biggest and best craft beer festival, this beer-tasting event featured over three hours of tasting beers from over 100 breweries in attendance that, when combined, brought over 200 different beers for attendees to taste. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this beer festival allowed all attendees to receive UNLIMITED beer pours for the duration of the festival, as well as full access to all the food vendors & food trucks, variety of vendors, field games throughout the area, and the live entertainment area that featured a music stage and a skateboarding halfpipe. Because of the massive space provided by the venue, all the participants could go bigger with their presence, as many of the breweries brought their vehicles or other large setups to make a bold statement to the attendees, including many of the newer breweries that needed exposure like this to get their ball rolling.

The layout of the Brew Ha Ha remained largely the same as last year. The park basically represents an oval with a lake in the middle that separates the two main sides. The side with the main entrance contained the live entertainment, non-truck food vendors, and majority of the breweries. At the back end of the venue, attendees would find more breweries, games, and all the food trucks. This year, I did not encounter the bagpipe players, something that Brew Ha Ha had every year previously. I do not know if I simply missed them, or if they never appeared. Like every major beer festival, many of the breweries held timed releases of their rare beers. Breweries like Noble Ale Works, Bottle Logic, and Hoparazzi encountered extremely long lines at certain points due to their timed releases. Two years ago at Brew Ha Ha, Reel Big Fish headlined the music stage. This year, Brew Ha Ha brought forth The Aggrolites to headline the music.

Miss out on the Brew Ha Ha? They have multiple beer festivals throughout the year, and their next one, the 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho, will return to its same location at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 12th. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but cost $45 for general admission last year. Rumor has it that Reel Big Fish will return to headline this beer fest as well! No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself at their December beer fest, or hang on tight until next year!

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.

LA Restaurant Week
July 13-26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Restauration One Year Anniversary Bluegrass Boil
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Restauration, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655604981335677/

Long Beach’s Restauration turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a crawfish boil accompanied by bluegrass music. Reservations to this lovely dinner cost $30.

VidCon 2015
8:00 am – 12:00 am, July 23-25
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration has sold out long ago, so bookmark this landmark event for next year.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 23
The London Hotel, West Hollywood
http://swimweekla.com/

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $50.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Five Iron Frenzy: Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/897873
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 24-25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/MxPx-night-one

Punk band Five Iron Frenzy will headline three all-ages shows in Orange County this week. Each show’s ticket price varies, so click on a link for more details.

3rd Annual Bicycle Drive-In
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/

Roll up with your bicycles to Downtown Long Beach this Saturday night for a free nighttime event with a movie screening, laser light show, costume contest, live music show, beer garden, and more.

Free Ska Show @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 24
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/848191428606748/

Get your skanking on at this FREE ska show in the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 24
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.thekarmanbar.com/event/live-music-31/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a small show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Decry @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564133890529470/

Check out a local punk show in Northeast Los Angeles this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

34th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 25
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Gladiator Rock’n Run – Orange County
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 25
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/register/7/25/2015

Test your might at this unforgiving outdoor 6K obstacle course this Saturday at Irvine Lake in Silverado. Registration costs $75 online or $100 on-site, and parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 25-26
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/sidewalk-sale/

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 25
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/418774744960459/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

HessFest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 25
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.ticketsauce.com/e/mhb-anniv-2015/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $45, starts at 12:30, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive a souvenir glass that they may bring back to the Hess tasting room for $4 refills for the rest of the year.

2nd Annual Vegan Faire
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 25
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages all-day festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

Pizza Port Flip Flop Fest
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 25
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1688776858010472/

Pizza Port will completely take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Saturday. Don your beach or Hawaiian gear, and go enjoy some cold ones.

Cambodian Music Festival 2015
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 25
Pearson Park Amphitheatre, Anaheim
http://www.cambodianmusicfestival.com/

Listen to multiple genres of music in the Cambodian language in a family-friendly setting this Saturday in Anaheim. General admission costs $50 for adults or $25 for children.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 25
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Taste of Summer 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 25
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer

Mix and mingle with rich people at this luxurious tasting event in Santa Monica this Saturday evening. Admission costs $100 presale or $125 at the door.

2015 Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 25
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.platebyplate.org/event-la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in Downtown LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $300, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Freeze @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451864138460341/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Adolescents @ The Roxy Theatre
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/810133-adolescents-weirdos-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band The Adolescents will headline a show at The Roxy this Saturday night. Tickets for this all-ages show cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Viernes 13: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1160577843968390/

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 26
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.sipnstrollpb.com/

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 26
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

The Generators Summer BBQ Matinee
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/215327

Enjoy some local music and food this Sunday afternoon in Pomona. The cover for this event costs $5.

First International Harajuku Fashion Walk Day
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 26
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/500245646808241/

If you like Japanese culture, you will not want to miss this Japanese women’s fashion exhibit this Sunday afternoon in Little Tokyo of Downtown LA, free to attend for all ages.

Recently people have explained to me that September generally indicates the slowing of certain businesses as they prepare for the dreaded Q4. Understandably, not only do most young ones return to school, but the start of the NFL season means people stay locked in place every Sunday with no incentive to do anything else other than eat junk food and sit on a couch fixating the eyes on a television screen. As we all know, times change, so old trends may slowly fade away to give way to new ideas and notions, sometimes causing reverse trends. Now in 2014, we can take September and give it new light, bringing life back into it. Life should not have to slow down in September, and things definitely did not slow down at the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival.

Orange County’s biggest craft beer festival returned for its fifth run this past Saturday at the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival. Taking place at sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine, this lush park away from civilization marks a great getaway from the cluster of the city, especially since cell phone signals do not normally reach out here. Trumping last year’s festival in geographical size and content, this massive beer festival puts all others to shame by including a whopping 80+ breweries in attendance from all over the world carrying over 170 different brews, doubling its area from last year, and adding more food, games, exhibits, vendors, and live entertainment. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, general admission started at 1pm, while early admission started at 12pm. Newly changed this year, all attendees received UNLIMITED beer pours for the duration of the festival, as opposed to the ticket limit of previous years. All beers stopped pouring at 4pm, but trust me – many of the breweries brought strong or filling brews, resulting in majority of attendees leaving the fest at the end of the day full of beer and no room for much else.

Although attendees entered from the east end, vendors entered from the west end, so this brief tour shall start there. The west field contained a handful of breweries, all the food trucks, and the games including glorified Jenga, bean-bag toss, and the human foosball arena.

The southern stretch contained many vendors, with one of them servicing free haircuts for anyone needing one. A few breweries, a few food vendors, and the cigar lounge also welcomed attendees at this area.

The east field housed the majority of the breweries plus a few vendors. The majority of the attendees spent their time on this side, as it had most of the beer, plenty of trees for shade, and the stage for the live music.

Although two separate admissions existed to allow attendees in at different times, one would not expect a difference, as it appeared that more of the early-admission tickets sold than the regular tickets. A huge cluster of people entered right at 12pm, and the show got on the road.

Moving on to the northern stretch, we find our friends from Bad Pickle Tees, plus a handful of more breweries.

After having completed a round, I remembered my obligation to actually work at this event, while at the same time managing my beer intake. By now, a human foosball game had gone under way, so I knew I had to see how they would manage.

The aforementioned haircut vendor had already received some customers this early!

Our friends from Drinkbar Juicery brought a booth to serve up some juices and cleanses.

I finally got to check out Craft Brew Tours, something that has appeared before my eyes plenty of times in the past, but I had never done anything to discover more information about them. Now that I found them, I discovered the grand party bus of them all. This small party bus basically gives a middle finger to all other party buses out there.

With the festival moving along solidly, alcohol plus people means that anything could happen. Beer bottle candles? Check. Impromptu photo shots? Check. Bagpipes? Check. Short bus? Check. Noble Ale with a long line? Check forever.

Now that the afternoon had progressed a bit, we get to the timed releases. Some breweries brought rare beers that they decided to release at certain times instead of having them available from the start in order to build hype. Some breweries received more hype than others, such as Noble Ale with their Cinnamon Roast Crunch, or Bottle Logic with their Darkstar November. Other special releases include Ritual Brewing with Fat Hog, Valiant Brewing with Alpha Overdrive & Axiom, Bootlegger’s with Knuckle Sandwich, Beach City with their cask, and Hangar 24 with Hammerhead.

At this rate of expansion, I foresee a 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha as so large that any normal person cannot possibly complete a circuit in given time. If this case arises, they must consider running two sessions, just like how Stone Brewing does for their anniversary. If they cannot run two sessions on the same day, then they can add another beer fest of the same magnitude. Luckily, they already have – the 3rd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho will return to its same location at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 13th. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but cost $45 for general admission last year. No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself at their December beer fest, or hang on tight until next year!

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 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine this Saturday, September 6th, 2014. 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 85 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.

Click here for the event map & guide!

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

Last year, the festival had grown to cover the entire park, as opposed to just the front section reserved for campers. This expansion allowed for breweries to spread out among the new area, allowed more vendors to set up, and provided more space for the fest organizers to strategically place “hot spots” such as water stations, games, and the mobile music stage. This extra space also allowed the LAFD Fire Hogs to set up their motorcycles for display.

Dozens of breweries set up booths throughout the front area, creating a perimeter of booths serving beer, and creating “islands” of breweries around trees in the center.

With a pond in the middle of the park, the festival set up booths like a doughnut shape. The side closer to the dirt field housed many local breweries from Orange County and San Diego County, plus vendors such as our good friends from Bad Pickle Tees.

Throughout the venue, attendees could entertain themselves with various games around the fest, such as bean bag toss, and glorified Jenga.

On the back field, attendees would find most of the food available in the fest. Food trucks on hand included Garlicscapes, Viking Truck, Devilicious, Tropical Shave Ice, and Dos Chinos. Other food options available included HopScotch Tavern, Slide Bar, Brewcakes, Slater’s 50/50, Haven Collective, and more.

As a beer fest supporting firefighters, we all love when they show off their personality. Did you know that some firefighters love to play the bagpipes?

Last year, the crew behind the Orange County Brew Ha Ha shocked everyone by having Reel Big Fish perform live for all attendees. This year, the Sweet and Tender Hooligans will headline as the main musical act of the event. I personally see this as a downgrade, but consider that all other aspects will improve for this weekend, the choice of music worries me not.

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.

2013 comes to a close, marking the end of old fads and the birth of new trends. News that forever shifts the face of the earth break regularly, creating history that we all live through, albeit we simply take it with a grain of salt. We must keep in mind that the next generation will view what we live through today as history, so we should care for what goes on in today’s world and economy. As time progresses, so do trends and tastes, which explains the ever-rising popularity of craft beer and micro breweries. Corporate beer manufacturers saw significantly lower sales this year – while still relatively high compared to most micro breweries, the sales did not keep up with growth. In the craft beer industry, event planners hold beer festivals to generate buzz about many different types of beers to the guests that attend. Traditional beer fests had guests pay an entry fee and enter an area where they can freely roam and drink, usually in some public area where people cannot drink on normal days. Some beer fests require drink tickets to receive beers, while others provide all-you-can-drink beer. 2013 provided some new fest structures, but in the end, the goal of exposing attendees to new, amazing beers that they have never heard of or ever imagined drinking remains the same. California caters well to the craft beer industry, and as such host many beer fests throughout the year. Read on to check out five of my favorite Southern Californian beer festivals from 2013.

5. Drink Good Beer Fest

With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and Drink Good Beer Fest at The Factory in Long Beach proves just that. All the breweries at this fest brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks’ table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the host restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four full hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!

4. Mission Valley Craft Beer & Gourmet Food Festival

An old expression goes “All good things must come to an end.” I would never hope this to occur to any successful event, but alas it shall sooner or later. The Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival (MVCBF) returned to Handlery Hotel in San Diego for its fourth and final year. This mega fest provided more than just beer – this fest combined a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees could sample all the delicious food they could handle until the vendors ran out of food, and boy did the food fly out fast. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invited the best in local cuisine to the party. With so many vendors invited to the party, the venue’s area had to stretch to wrap around the building, and even then did they still lack ample seating for all the guests, although this does not indicate a flaw – only that this proves the immense popularity of this fest. It pains me that this super fest has to come to an end, but on the other hand, I cannot wait to see what future events they have in stock. Although this grand festival will not return, the organizers still hold smaller, intimate events, so check out their website for all of their upcoming events.

3. Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration

Coincidentally coinciding with the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 5th anniversary with an all-day AirFest taking place at Redlands Airport. Hangar 24 fans could enter for $5 if purchased online, or $8 at the gate. Located just across the street from the tasting room, this all-ages gathering covered almost the entire airport area, sans the runway, with tents and trucks pouring beers. Strewn throughout the area, in addition to the various tents and trucks pouring beer, the airport crew set out vintage planes that guests could inspect and gaze at, and opened some of the hangars so guests could tour the airport. Guests could climb into some of the planes for photo opportunities as well. All day long, taps poured beers, food trucks sold their food, local bands played live music, and pilots put on aerial acrobatics shows, providing more than enough entertainment for the crowd. A kids’ play zone kept the little ones busy while the adults could go and drink elsewhere. Free parking meant that guests could leave and return at their leisure, provided that they leave their wristbands on. With so much ground to cover, so much beer to drink, and so much else going on, no guest should have ever felt bored the entire day. A combination of all small details contributed to the greater success of this event. First off, guests could park for free, and could reenter the venue. This alone can sway hesitant minds towards purchasing a ticket to attend. With such a large area to cover, guests did not have to wait in long lines to receive beer tickets or beer pours. As I entered the fest, the immediate ticket booth had a long line, but as I explored further into the area, I discovered more ticket booths with no line at all. Unlike the standard beer fest with tribute bands as the only form of entertainment, AirFest brought varied forms of entertainment, especially with the air shows and local bands playing their own original music. Most importantly of all, the people made this fest a grand event. From the amicable attendees to the sociable staff, the general aura of goodwill in the air placed everyone in a good mood that bounced from person to person.

2. San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

As San Diego Beer Week entered its fifth year running, breweries have never looked stronger than ever before. The San Diego Brewers Guild quickly approaches a hundred member breweries, and they strive to show their collective strength to the public with their San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. Now in its 11th year (thus starting before San Diego Beer Week existed), this annual beer festival now coincides with San Diego Beer Week with a massive celebration at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego. This year’s festival from this past Saturday afternoon featured over 50 of the county’s guild breweries all spread out along the pier, each serving at least two of their beer offerings. With over a hundred different beers to taste, and only so much time available, attendees would have to power through all their beers in order to maximize the variety of beers tasted. People do not simply call San Diego the west coast capital of beer for no reason. San Diego County alone has almost a hundred official breweries – more if you count brewpubs and homebrew clubs. Consider that the state of Washington has just over 190 breweries, and you have a county packed full of craft beer enough to fill half a state. The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival rightly holds its place as one of the nation’s top beer festivals for its sheer amount of content packed into a small space within a 24-hour span, which included a VIP reception from Friday night. As a kickoff event for the rest of the beer festivities, attendees will have a better sense of direction for finding more events and specials throughout the week all over San Diego County.

1. Orange County Brew Ha Ha

Orange County’s biggest craft beer festival returned for its fourth year running this year at the 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival. Taking place at sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine, this lush park away from civilization marks a great getaway from the cluster of the city, especially since cell phone signals do not normally reach out here. Trumping last year’s festival in geographical size and content, this massive beer festival puts all others to shame by including a whopping 70+ breweries in attendance from all over the world, doubling its area from last year, and adding more food, games, exhibits, vendors, and live entertainment, including Reel Big Fish! Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, general admission started at 1pm and included ten beer pours, while Early admission started at 12pm and included 15 beer pours. All beers stopped pouring at 4pm, but trust me – they allocated more than enough beer per person, since many of the breweries brought strong or filling brews, resulting in majority of attendees leaving the fest at the end of the day with extra beer pours remaining. At this rate of expansion, I foresee a 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha as so large that any normal person cannot possibly complete a circuit in given time. If this case arises, they must consider running two sessions, just like how Stone Brewing does for their anniversary. If they cannot run two sessions on the same day, then they can add another beer fest of the same magnitude. Luckily, they already have – the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho returned to the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 7th. No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself next year!

Those who live in Southern California, or those who have visited in the past few weeks, have definitely felt the effects of the heat wave. If many people complain about the heat, then why do they continue to remain outdoors? Perhaps the thrill of the exposure to nature’s gift motivates people to step outside. Perhaps other things may motivate people to get out there and do things despite the risk of burning. Perhaps people simply want to go to do something awesome that only takes place outside, such as drink lots of beer with lots of other people. Sure one may receive a similar enjoyment by visiting a local bar, but why play it safe? Welcome to the 21st century – shed away that safety blanket, and get out there and explore the world. You may discover something so amazing that you will want to come back for more, such as the Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival.

Orange County’s biggest craft beer festival returned for its fourth year running this past Saturday at the 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival. Taking place at sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine, this lush park away from civilization marks a great getaway from the cluster of the city, especially since cell phone signals do not normally reach out here. Trumping last year’s festival in geographical size and content, this massive beer festival puts all others to shame by including a whopping 70+ breweries in attendance from all over the world, doubling its area from last year, and adding more food, games, exhibits, vendors, and live entertainment, including Reel Big Fish! Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, general admission started at 1pm and included ten beer pours, while Early admission started at 12pm and included 15 beer pours. All beers stopped pouring at 4pm, but trust me – they allocated more than enough beer per person, since many of the breweries brought strong or filling brews, resulting in majority of attendees leaving the fest at the end of the day with extra beer pours remaining.

As mentioned above, the festival has grown to cover the entire park this year, as opposed to the front section reserved for campers. This expansion allowed for breweries to spread out among the new area, allowed more vendors to set up, and provided more space for the fest organizers to strategically place “hot spots” such as water stations, games, and the mobile music stage. This extra space also allowed the LAFD Fire Hogs to set up their motorcycles for display.

Dozens of breweries set up booths throughout the front area, creating a perimeter of booths serving beer, and creating “islands” of breweries around trees in the center.

With a pond in the middle of the park, the festival set up booths like a doughnut shape. The side closer to the dirt field housed many local breweries from Orange County and San Diego County, plus our good friends from Bad Pickle Tees.

As previously mentioned, attendees could entertain themselves with various games around the fest, such as bean bag toss, and glorified Jenga.

On the back field, attendees would find most of the food available in the fest. Food trucks on hand included Garlicscapes, Viking Truck, Devilicious, Tropical Shave Ice, and Dos Chinos. Other food options available included HopScotch Tavern, Slide Bar, Brewcakes, Slater’s 50/50, Haven Collective, and more.

As a beer fest supporting firefighters, we all love when they show off their personality. Did you know that some firefighters love to play the bagpipes?

During the festival, world class beer experts gave seminars regarding various subjects, mainly pertaining to the food & beverage industry. Where most of the speakers spoke about beer subjects, Stone Brewing‘s Greg Koch spoke about health & nutrition, a subject that caught a lot of attention from the audience. He also proudly displayed a Reel Big Fish guitar available as a raffle, and demonstrated his musical skills on it before the band could enter the stage and guide him along the song.

Speaking of Reel Big Fish, who would expect them to play at a local beer fest like this? Well, when you consider that they come from Huntington Beach, they play a song called Beer, and they have arrived at Orange County’s biggest beer fest, it only makes sense to invite them over. It also makes sense that they would start with Beer before moving on to the rest of their songs. They loosely followed their set list, adding and moves some songs here and there; for example, they played Trendy right after Beer. Random audience members love to interrupt the band between songs for some reason – one guy managed to get the entire band to sign what appeared as his jock strap in between songs, one member at a time. At other times, random people would bring beer to the band just to see them play drunk. As a smaller stage than usual, this did not leave much room for a pit – a small skanking pit formed on the stage left side, but only contained four people at most, myself included. They ended up playing a few songs as an encore, despite having gone past 4pm, meaning anyone present at the stage could not receive anymore beers. However, to attend a Reel Big Fish show easily made up for the sacrifice of a few beers.

At this rate of expansion, I foresee a 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha as so large that any normal person cannot possibly complete a circuit in given time. If this case arises, they must consider running two sessions, just like how Stone Brewing does for their anniversary. If they cannot run two sessions on the same day, then they can add another beer fest of the same magnitude. Luckily, they already have – the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho will return to its same location at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 7th. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but will cost $45 for general admission. No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself at their December beer fest, or hang on tight until next year!


You can see me on the stairs at stage right!

I must thank the organizers Cameron and Tiffany Collins for allowing me the opportunity to attend such a grand event. I would also like to thank The Ace Agency for the great marketing for this event. I definitely want to thank Beer Punks for their connections to such wonderful people. And finally, I want to thank my lovely friend who joined me on this fabulous summer day full of friends, beer, food, music, and fun!