Brewers from Maine, Vermont, Ireland and, of course, California will fill Discovery Park Saturday for the 16th annual California Brewers Festival.
Around 60 brewpub, distributors and home brewers will be pouring ales, lagers and craft beers for what festival organizers anticipate will be more than 3,000 attendees.
Although the festival attracts brewers from across the nation and overseas, the Sacramento region is heavily represented. Rubicon Brewing Company, Hoppy Brewing Company and Brew It Up! are a few locals participating.
You can view the full list of brewers here.
The festival is organized by Sacramento’s Rotary Club of Point West to benefit the Assistance League of Sacramento. All festival proceeds will be donated to the league’s Operation School Bell — a program providing underprivileged youth with adequate clothing for school.
"It’s a good cause," Rotary Club board member Toney Sebra said. "We put in a lot of time and hard work, but we always have a lot of fun doing it."
Club member Don Levin has been working with the festival’s brewers since 2002. He said in the recent past the club and the brewers have seen themselves as partners for a good cause.
"For a number of years it was always a challenge for us to get the brewers," Levin said. "They’ve gone from ‘Do we want to do this?’ to ‘What time and when?’"
"We’re all getting a sense of helping the community, and (the brewers) like that," Levin said.
This year the organizers decided to eliminate the judging competition, saving $2,500 that can now go directly to the recipient charity. This has resonated positively with brewers.
"I believe in what the Rotary Club does," Rubicon owner Glynn Phillips said. "One hundred percent of the money that goes into that event goes back to the community, so it’s easy for me to do."
This is Rubicon’s fifth year at the festival, Phillips said. They will most likely be pouring their award-winning India Pale Ale and cult favorite Monkey Knife Fight. There may be some others, but Phillips said they never can tell until the day of the event.
The Gold County Brewers association will also attend to pour various home-brews.
The festival is a family-friendly event. There will be live music from Velvet Tongue and Utz! and the Shuttlecocks, and food will be available for purchase. Tickets for designated drivers and youth between ages 12 and 20 cost $5. Children under 12 enter for free.
Sebra said there will be taxis available for those who need them.
Those who want to avoid getting a driver or taxi can go to the festival on their bikes. Discovery Park sits on the American River Bike Trail and there will be free valet parking for all cyclists.
The festival will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online, through Rotary Club members, and at various retail locations in the Sacramento area. Full ticket information can be viewed here.
Tickets come with 10 tokens, each good for four ounce samples. Beyond that, festival goers can purchase directly from the brewers.
Parking costs will be the normal Sacramento County Parks day rate.
All images courtesy of Rotary Club of Point West.