Over 100 beers, 4,000 people, 30 breweries and three bands filled the Monterey Fairgrounds for the city’s 13th annual Monterey Beer Festival on Saturday, June 14.
Breweries spanning from San Diego County to Eugene, Ore., set up shop with around 100 beers for drinkers to limitlessly fill their festival-supplied taster cups.
Popular breweries like Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada were in attendance showcasing their flagship brews, but the real treats were up-and-coming local breweries.
Pacific Grove’s Craft Artisan Ales‘ Andromeda IPA and Monterey’s Alvarado Street Brewery‘s Duane’s World IPA (both flavorful and pungent brews) showcased the uniqueness of Monterey’s craft beer offering, and their formidability among the hop bombs that West Coast breweries are most known for.
The festival ran from 12:30 pm to 5 pm Saturday afternoon, featuring live music and a beer pong tournament for teams of two to enter. VIP ticket-holders were allowed access an hour prior to the festival beginning.
The event was sponsored by Whole Foods Market Monterey, a first in the festival’s 13 year history. In addition to food vendors featuring gourmet sausages, Cajun-spiced sandwiches and Whole Foods’ grilled cheeses, 20th Century Fox set up a mini theater to feature their new movie, “Let’s Be Cops,” which ran two showings of the movie on a first-come basis. Live music by tribute bands Powerage, Jou