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Brew Hee Haw 2017: Not Your Ordinary Craft Beer Roundup

I attended as a guest of the event.

Year after year, the OC Fair continues to allure me with its fried food and exhibits, but this year, Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup showed me why the fair’s opening weekend is the best time to go. This craft beer festival, held on July 15 and 16, served as the perfect excuse to attend the fair earlier than I usually do and was an incredible outing for my friend David and me.

My expectation for OC Brew Ha Ha Productions’ fourth annual Brew Hee Haw was high due to my experience at Brew Haha, and I can happily commend that they succeeded. Entering the festival was really easy – once we walked through the fair’s gates, we spotted the large tent where the festival was happening right away. Security quickly greeted us to check IDs and we picked up our credentials with ease. On social media earlier that day, @OCBrewHaha posted a video of the line prior to the start of the event, which was gone by the time I arrived at 12:30 p.m. (the event started at noon).

With my commemorative glass in one hand and my DSLR around my neck, I embarked on a quest to taste as many of 80+ craft beers on tap. A variety of craft breweries from across the country poured at the sold-out event, including Orange County favorites: Bootlegger’s Brewery, Artifex, Noble Ale Works, Chapman Crafted Beer, Bottle Logic, Barley Forge, and more. Of all of the beers that I tasted, Barley Forge’s The Patsy, a rye stout brewed with coconut, reigned as my event favorite. Since I am a huge fan of coconut, this beer hit the spot with its coconut and espresso flavors.

In between craft beer tastings, attendees chatted amongst each other and played giant jenga. I personally gravitated towards the dance floor where DJ Eric of The Gig Entertainment spinned the latest hits and several classics, such as Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and the hit of the summer “Despacito.” After witnessing a group of craft beer enthusiasts dance to the “Cha Cha Slide,” I can truly say I have never seen so many people dance at a craft beer festival. Brew Hee Haw partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, a non-profit dedicated to pairing youth with dedicated adult mentors. The organization received a portion of the proceeds from the event.

For those who are thinking about attending Brew Hee Haw next year, I recommend including the craft beer festival during your outing at the OC Fair. Although Brew Hee Haw has unfortunately ended, you can still enjoy the OC Fair until August 13, 2017.

For more information about Brew Hee Haw, visit www.ocbrewheehaw.com. OC Fair information can be found at ocfair.com.

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