This Saturday May 2 is one of the great beer festivals in northern California. It is the 13th annual Anderson Valley beer fest held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $40 ahead of time, $50 at the gate and $5 for the designated driver. The ticket includes all of your beer once inside. I have received word today that there will 78 breweries attending this event. I am working on getting a more detailed list in the next two days. The gates will open at 12:45 and the the taps will be open at 1pm and will be flowing until 5pm. For those of you that want there will be camping available on the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday nights for $12 a night.
If you plan on making up to this festival this weekend I would suggest that the first thing you do is go and pick up Anderson Valley Brewing’s 7 Year Port Barrel Stout that will be on sale for one day only. If you have not heard of this beer they took their Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout and aged it in a California port barrel for over 8 years. This beer is limited to only 150 bottles (750 ml) and only two per customer so they will go fast.
If you still would like to purchase tickets ahead of time the on-line sales are over but you can still pick them up and some of your favorite local beer spots. Here is a list of places that still had tickets as of Thursday afternoon:
- 21st Amendment (San Francisco)
- All That Good Stuff (Boonville)
- Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Healdsburg)
- Bilcos Billiards (Napa)
- Eel River Brewing (Fortuna
- Harvest Market (Fort Bragg)
- Mad River Brewing (Blue Lake)
- Rubicon Brewing (Sacramento)
- Ruth McGowans Brew Pub (Cloverdale)
- Seabright Brewing (Santa Cruz)
For more information please visit Anderson Valley Brewing Company website.