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Orange County’s Ultimate Beer Festival

We attended as a guest of the venue

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The 7th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival, occurred on Saturday, September 24th at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California. Living up to the reputation as “Orange County’s Favorite Beer Festival” may seem like a difficult feat every year. Before I begin to share my Brew Ha Ha experience, I must commend the event team at Brew Ha Ha Productions for a job well and living up to its reputation. The 7th Annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival was a huge success!

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My friend, Edgar and I arrived to the event in an Uber, because we wanted to take advantage of the free shuttle service that transported attendees to the Tustin Metrolink Station post-event. The drive to Oak Canyon Park was smooth. Event security was available to make the process quick for the drivers and safe for attendees.

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Once Edgar and I checked in at the event, we felt more than ready to explore everything Brew Ha Ha had to offer. If you haven’t been to Oak Canyon Park, this would be a great place to visit with your family if you wish to take them somewhere semi-remote located in Orange County. The park itself is huge. With a nice balance of trees and open grass that is settled near a small lake, the festival did not feel crowded despite the magnitude of the event.

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With more than 250 craft and import beer samplings from over 90 breweries, festival attendees had a wide selection of beers to sample. Orange County-based breweries, Los Angeles-based breweries and even breweries from a variety of states, such as Colorado were on hand ready to pour and showcase their beer.

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I must give a shout out to Bottle Logic and AleSmith Brewing Co. for creating an incredible collaboration beer for this year’s festival. Stable Orbit is a double IPA that features South African hops. If you reside in Southern California and are interested in tasting this beer again or wishing to try it, your local store or taproom may carry it for a limited time.

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The variety of gourmet food and dessert offered at the event seemed to cater everyone’s palates. At the beginning of the event, I ate some Shawarma tacos from Falasophy and later in day, Edgar and I split a burger from Slater’s 50/50. Attendees also played oversized versions of jenga and battleship, corn hole and human foosball.

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Additionally, AleSmith Brewing’s Anthony Chen and Firestone Walker’s Jim Crooks presented and answered questions about their experiences in the industry. Ontario-based band Groove Session and Los Angeles-based band The Spazmatics performed at the event. I unfortunately did not have the opportunity to watch Groove Session play, but had a chance to see The Spazmatics in action. They really pumped up the energy of the crowd with their 80s covers and put on an awesome show.

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Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Edgar and I waited about 10 minutes to be picked up in a bus that transported us to Tustin Metrolink Train Station. Attendees had the opportunity to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with a monetary donation in lieu of a bus fare. Although you have to wait a year to attend Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival, Brew Ha Ha Productions does host additional craft beer events throughout the year if you want to experience one of its festivals sooner.

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Additional information about Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival can be found at www.ocbrewhaha.com. To learn more about Brew Ha Ha Productions, visit www.brewhahaproductions.com.

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