On Saturday, September 23rd, hundreds of beer enthusiasts and Festival Newbies Descended upon Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA for the 8th Annual OC Brew Ha HA. Being the largest producers of craft beer events, the OCBHH sure knows how to throw a party! This year they brought together over 90 breweries from Orange County and neighboring cities and finished off with the Spazmatics for live entertainment. There were over 250 craft beers to put your most skilled connoisseur’s taste buds to the test.
With a grand opening just days before the festival, Towne Park Brewing company came locked and loaded ready to show their beer off to the masses. With a simplistic appeal to their label, a brilliant Lager and smooth White Ale on tap, these fellas were well prepared to put themselves on the map with the heavy hitters that Orange County has to offer.
Another OC Festival Inaugural Attendant was Brewery Rex, with Veteran brewer Tyler King and Veteran Ace Brian White; these bad boys brought some delicious Libations for all. To all the ladies in the place, with Style and Grace, allow these gentlemen of the craft to lace your tasters with some bubbly elixirs!
Festival Attendees had the chance of stepping up the ante by purchasing a VIP ticket, which gave them a whole hour before the general admission was granted access. With shorter lines and first dibs on quick to fly kegs, there was much ground to be covered. Many guest Breweries made an appearance, for Ex: Smog City Brewing Co, Beachwood Brewing Co, Three Weavers Brewing Co, State Brewing Co, El Segundo Brewing Co from Los Angeles County, Modern Times Beer, Stone Brewing Co and Alesmith Brewing Co from San Diego County, as well as Firestone Walker Brewing Co from Paso Robles just to name a few.
This year the OCBHH featured a Rare Beer Section with much sought after Delicacies. This ultra VIP area offered gems like, but not limited to Beer Geek Vanilla By Mikkeller SD, Sumi Cacao by Grimm Artisanal Ales, Skully Barrel No. 47 (Blue Bines) by Paradox Beer Co, Jam The Radar by Bottle Logic and Barrel Roll No.7 Tailslide by Hangar 24.Well over your traditional craft beer ABV Alcohol By Volume, these ranged anywhere from 9% to 16% ABV. Sporting a special tasting glass and access to limited releases, the VIP + Rare beer ticket felt like craft royalty, leaving your festival experience one for the record books.