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The 2nd Annual Taste of Brews Long Beach returned to where it all started this past Saturday at Lighthouse Park in Long Beach. Altering some things from last year’s format, the organizers had to adapt to last-minute rule changes. Instead of unlimited pours, all guests received 15 tickets to receive 4 oz. pours. Unlike last year, no VIP area existed this time – instead, attendees with an early-entry ticket provided the option of entering an hour early, plus three additional beer tickets. Staying true to the locals, most of the breweries that attended hail from California. A few restaurants offered food samples, while four food trucks provided extra food, though at their price.

So what made this beer fest such a hit? The organizers did all they had to do to ensure ample satisfaction to the guests. Prior to the start of the fest, volunteers and security checked the ID’s of and distributed wristbands to everyone in line. Staging the fest on grass allows for easy disposal of extra or unwanted beer so guests could proceed to the next brew. Having extra space around the fest allows guests to relax between drinks away from the crowds, especially with all the trees available to provide shade. Food samples kept guests fed, while food trucks could feed guests even more. Live music prevented awkward silences throughout the fest. The organizers simply knew what to do. After all, an organization cannot have four successful beer fests already without knowing what to do.

Want to attend the next Taste of Brews? Mark your calendar for 2pm-6pm on Saturday, September 29, for Taste of Brews will repeat their Dana Point fest, but with the Dana Point BBQ Fest as well! Purchase tickets by September 9 to save $5 on admission!

Touted as the PREMIER and ONLY (current) Long Beach Beer Fest, Taste of Brews returns this Saturday afternoon to where it all started – Lighthouse Park near Downtown Long Beach. Located behind the Aquarium of the Pacific, Taste of Brews brings the best of craft beers from all over the world, with a focus on Californian breweries. Whereas a brewery’s beer fest usually limits the amounts of beers that guests can obtain, Taste of Brews, as an event organization, allows guests unlimited beers until 4pm. General admission begins at 1pm, while guests with the early-entry ticket can enter at 12pm. Having visited all Taste of Brews events in the past, I have some tips for those visiting for the first time.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Local restaurants may sample food, while food trucks come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat more should arrive with cash.
  • Attendees should park in the parking structure across Shoreline Drive, next to Hotel Avia. Validate your parking slip at the front table of the fest for $7 parking.
  • Want to park for free? Search in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue, but prepare for a long walk to the park.
  • Ride your bikes! The park officials provide bike racks for free use.
  • Apply 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 the list of breweries.
  • Stay hydrated! Volunteers will hand out complimentary waters.

Take care after the fest ends. Security will not allow guests to linger too long afterwards, and police WILL patrol the area following the end of the fest. If you need something to do to kill time and sober up after the fest, check out Busker Fest for free going on at 1st Street between Elm and Linden just a block or two east of downtown.

Need more of a preview of Taste of Brew? Check out my photos below from last year’s Taste of Brews Long Beach:

I hope to see you at Taste of Brews this Saturday! Say Hi if you see me ~