Visiting Brewers featured at the California Festival of Beers
Here on the Central Coast, we are spoiled with immediate access to local breweries and distilleries. With so many beers to choose from on our own turf, sometimes we can forget about all the other amazing breweries from around the nation that we have yet to try. Luckily, at the California Festival of Beers happening Memorial Day weekend at the Madonna Inn, you’ll have the chance to sample beers from local breweries and visiting breweries alike. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the brewers who don’t call the Central Coast their home:
Deschutes Brewery – Oregon
Central Oregon’s flagship brewpub, Deschutes Brewery, has been producing great beer for the community to enjoy since 1988. With humble beginnings in downtown Bend, Oregon, and opened by a family with hopes of creating a space that feels like it belongs to everyone, the brewery has since expanded to a large production facility overlooking the river in Bend, another brewpub in Portland, OR, and an upcoming East Coast brewing facility in Roanoake, VA. With 5 year-round favorites offered including a dark, chocolaty Black Butte Porter, in addition to seasonal offerings, fans are kept on their toes with the great variety and quality to the brews. Deschutes beer is now available in 29 states, and they will bring their talents to the Central Coast for the California Festival of Beers this weekend!
10 Barrel Brewing
Since Bend, Oregon has the highest per capita amount of craft breweries in America, it makes sense that another great brewery on our list developed in that small town. 10 Barrel Brewing opened its doors about ten years ago in Bend, but has since expanded to brewpubs in Portland, San Diego, Denver, and Boise, ID – capturing the essence of the outdoors and beer lovers that populate these communities. Their popular brews include a heavier Apocalypse IPA and the “Mike Saw a Sasquatch” Session ale – perfect for a summer day. And how could you have any issue with their motto: “Make Beer, Drink Beer, and have fun while doing it!” Don’t miss them when they come down to the Central Coast for the California Festival of Beers.
Kona Brewing Company
The top producer of craft beer in Hawaii, Kona Brewing Company has also expanded heavily into the continental United States and is very popular. Started back in 1995, their early favorites were the Pacific Golden Ale (now called Big Wave Golden Ale) and Fire Rock Pale Ale, but now approximately ten other styles of beer are brewed on a regular basis that range in flavor and heaviness. They will be attending the California Festival of Beers, and have a great variety of tasty, and sometimes tropical, craft beer!
Oskar Blues – Colorado
This self-described funky Colorado brew-pub reflects its community, but has since expanded to locations in North Carolina and Austin, Texas. They are often described as starting the “Craft beer in a can” movement, which they claim keeps beer fresher longer by diminishing harmful effects of light and oxygen; plus, cans are super portable and convenient. Dale’s Pale Ale is perhaps their most popular beer, throughout Colorado and into the rest of the US, and for good reason! Come try it at the California Beer Festival this weekend!