You can listen to the "Live 805 with Tom and Sandy" show every Saturday morning from 7am-9am PT.
I say the wrong street in the audio, MBF will be held on Historic High Street (not Historic 4th street). Below is the event map to help you plan your evening. See you there!
My latest appearance (9/22/12) on the "Live 805 with Tom and Sandy" show. I gush over the Moorpark Beer Festival and explain how to make hummus (pronounced whomus) from tarot (pronounced like carrot) cards. (approx. 8 minutes 20 seconds)
Once a month the Four Points Sheraton LAX hosts a beer appreciation night. This month's beer appreciation dinner theme was sour beers. As you can see from the poster there were enough sour beers to make any self-respecting beer geek pucker. Details and pictures from the event are below.
But before I get to the tasting I want to talk about Four Points by Sheraton and their Best Brews program. Four Points by Sheraton LAX is becoming known as "The Beer Hotel" because of their craft beer oriented amenities. When you book your room you can order a beer turn down service and have a chilled beer (they have a wonderful bottle selection) waiting for you before bedtime.
Also, the Best Brews program focuses on local craft beer so when you will be able to drink what the locals drink, no matter where you are. But, Four Points LAX goes a little further. They have 10 California beers on tap, in addition to their extensive bottled beer list, in Brewsters (the hotel bar) and you can find another 6 SoCal beers on tap at the pool!
Sour Beer Appreciation 101
60 people joined The Beer Board poolside for an evening of sour tasting and mussels. These beautiful mussels were only eclipsed by their flavor! Local beer geeks explained each beer before they were poured to give everyone a little dose of history and style information.
I enjoyed tasting every single beer! Some I won't have to taste again but I did find a couple new favorites. Cuvee Des Jocobins Rouge Barrel Aged Sour is a Flanders Red (think Duchesse de Bourgogne or Enigma) was fantastic! If you like raspberries try the Frambois Max by the same brewer. It is full of raspberry flavor without the soda pop-ness found in Lindemans. The other sour stand out is St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradtion. This is a fabulous and pucker producing sour with enough funk character to make it incredibly complex.
These pictures were taken before the event so unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of my favorites but that doesn't take away from their beauty!
It's almost time again for one of Ventura County's premier beer festivals! The Moorpark Beer Festival will be holding its third annual event this year on October 6, 2012. The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club (MMRC)is sponsoring the event. MMRC will use all the profits from this event to help local families, schools, seniors and veterans. So you're drinking for a cause!-)
This year the festival will host 2500 attendees which is up from 1000 last year. If you were present last year you know that elbow room was at a premium and so you (and everyone else) will be happy to hear that the event grounds have tripled in size! 2 1/2 blocks or High Street in Moorpark will be sectioned off for this festival. This year there will be plenty of room for you, me and all our friends to hang out and enjoy some quality craft beer.
And speaking of craft beer. The general admission ticket will get you unlimited tastings from at least 19 California-based craft breweries and two homebrew clubs this year! So be sure you hit all the big craft breweries (Lagunitas, Iron Fist, Karl Straus, etc) and don't skip any of the locals (Enegren, Sundowner, or Surf). But what ever you do, DO NOT skip the homebrew stations. These local homebrewers know what they are doing and you are sure to taste some truly unique and delicious one-offs.
Is your mouth watering, yet?
There will also be nine food stations along the way. Local favorites like Custom Melt and The Dugout will be there and the MMRC will again be grilling up some tri-tip sandwiches! Please note, however, that food is not included so you will want to bring along some extra cash. It is easy to get carried away at a festival so be sure to follow these tips. Eat a hearty meal before you arrive, force yourself to take water breaks and eat throughout event. These simple tips will help you stay hydrated and slow your alcohol consumption. You don’t want to be that guy/girl! You know the one I am talking about, the one that makes a mess all over his/her shoes and everyone else who is standing around.
I am the most excited about the VIP section ($100/ticket) this year. Listen to these perks! It has its own own brewery, Figueroa Mountain! And its own food, Custom Melt! AND comfy sofas to relax in! So go get your VIP tickets before they sell out and hang out with me.
There is so much more happening this year that I could go on and on. But I do want to mention that Cantera Cellars will be present for those "I don't like beer" folks and there will be two bands providing a beer fest soundtrack! Learn about all the newest updates, etc. at http://www.moorparkbeerfestival.com .
Last but certainly not least, plan now. Plan on how you are going to get home safely after the event. There are several hotels in the area that offering special rates and the MBF is offering specially priced designated driver tickets.
See you in October!
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