Beer fests are a dime a dozen, but KLOS, Fat Mike, BrewHaha Productions, and P.I.D. (Punk in Drublic) brought it at Huntington Beach with its craft beer and punk rock festival, The PunkNBrew. A beer fest of epic proportions, I literally had to walk about a mile of secured chain link fence passing the music stage, food vendors, local artisans, slew of port-o-potty, and of course over 100 different beers from local breweries. To say this place was huge was an understatement.
Breweries such as hazy IPAs from Offshoot Beer Co., KBS Breakfast Stout from Founders, and pretty vacant from Concrete Jungle (Great up and coming brewery) were among some of the favorites. In addition, the highly acclaimed HOPPY LAGER was made just for this event, compliments of Stone Brewing and collaboration with Fat Mike. Unlimited 2 oz. pour flowed throughout the 4 hour period from 12-4pm. Food was available just North of beer tents, and the most visible stand was THE PIT serving up smoked turkey legs from their 70′ customer built smoker. Who doesn’t love a BBQ and beer pairing?
If you were lucky enough to score a ticket to the sold out VIP area, the enclosed area had private restrooms, private food vendors, a place to sit in adirondack chairs, and much closer viewing area to the music stage.
After 4 hours of tastings, the unlimited tasters were closed but alcohol purchases were made possible with drink sales close to the stage. A la cart purchases of Beer / Wine cost $10 while bottled water costs $4.
Finally, this event wouldn’t be possible without the bands playing. Numerous ska punk bands were born out of Southern California such as Offspring and Social D. And just like great bands, we have numerous craft brews out of Southern California. Having both of these favorite past time events together among the locals, oddly enough, should’ve been done long time ago.
With NOFX and Bad Relgion as headliners, one can surely justify the price for this outdoor concert right on the sand of Bolsa Chica Beach. But it was the feel of electric resonance from all the bands that kept us going throughout the night. (Mosh pit in beach sand? Yes that happened)
I must say, not bad for an inaugural event with a crazy great turnout. Let’s do it again next year!
Additional Pictures from the 2017 Punk N Brew
PUNK N BREW
At Sealegs at the Beach in Bolsa Chica
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