|Saturday | April 30th|
Get your camping gear ready and bring an appetite for craft beer. Boonville Beer Festival is on Saturday, April 30th. Advanced ticketing is only available online, click here. Tickets will be offered at the gate at an increased price. Taps will be flowing from 1pm - 5pm, so get there early and set up camp. Live music will continue until 6pm. Expect plenty of shenanigans after the final bell has been rung. One of my favorite happenings is the annual kickball game that rolls into the wee hours.
This annual right of passage is one you don't want to miss. If you like costumes, this year's theme is roaring twenties. With over 80 brewers and libation makers, there's something for everyone.
Some of the beer others are stoked to taste come from mainstay heavy hitters. I'll gladly hit up Stone, Russian River and Firestone Walker to see what they're slinging. However, I'm not waiting around for something that I can normally get my hands on. Instead, I'm going to make a concerted effort to sip on tasty brews from Figueroa Mountain, Georgetown, or Big Sky. I'm also going to taste as many new-to-me brewers as possible. Some of those flying under my radar are: Altamont, Base Camp, Beach Chalet, Central Coast, Devils Canyon, Linden Street and Redwood Curtain. Whew, and that's just my personal list. The legendary Boonville Beer Festival turns 20 this year. Make it to Anderson Valley, you won't regret it. Drive safe and enjoy responsibly.