TIBURON — It’s not often beer translates into a donation to youth recreation programs. Last Saturday, September 6, the Tiburon Taps Beer Festival did just that — drawing over 1,000 attendees, volunteers and brewers to the waterfront in downtown Tiburon at the Point Tiburon Plaza.
Over 28 participating breweries supplied more than 50 craft beers for the sold-out festival. Included in the $50 cost of admission were unlimited beer pours, free access to the local food vendors at the festival and an afternoon performance by Bay Area band Mustache Harbor in the plaza.
Festival goers voted for their favorite beers and ciders at the festival. Novato brewery, Baeltane Brewing, won the beer category with their double IPA, The Frog That Ate the World, a heavily hoppy brew with a soft malt backbone that’s available at their Novato taproom. T.W. Pitchers’ Snake Bite — an apple cider and lager blend — won the cider category. Breweries from San Francisco all the way up to Eureka attended, along with Ommegang and Duvel from New York. Local food vendors supplied a wide array of eats, including ahi tuna sliders, pizza, paella and pasta.
The event was produced by The Ranch, a Belvedere and Tiburon city organization that oversees recreational programs for youth and seniors in both cities. All proceeds from the Tiburon Taps festival were raised for The Ranch Recreation Scholarship, an after school and summer camp enrichment program for low income youth. “The brewers and restaurants were generous and amazing,” said Cathleen Andreucci, executive director of The Ranch. “Volunteers turned out and worked hard, participants were happy, responsible people had a blast, the band was awesome, [and] the weather and site were great.”
With the many number of breweries in attendance, festival goers had a wide range of styles they could choose from; down to the light and complex flavors of Fort Point Brewing from San Francisco, to the extremely hopped-up Hoptimum from Sierra Nevada, and the syrupy and creamy San Quentin’s Breakout Stout from Marin Brewing. “Look for the event next year – it will be annual for sure!” said Andreucci.