Long Beach, Calif— The California Craft Beer Summit has come to Long Beach for its fifth annual show and brought 170 different breweries serving up over 600 different beers.
For the first time out of Sacramento, the California Craft Beer Summit made a big splash in Southern California. Following the trade show Thursday and Friday the CCBS concluded with a festival of beer tasting open to the public Saturday afternoon.
The festival ran from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday with VIP ticket holders gaining access an hour early. That access meant being there first to try everything on tap: stouts, sours, tarts, IPAs, Mexican lagers, German ales and much, much more.
The festival involved more than just beer, food trucks were present, live music was played, fun games were set up; all-in-all the event was centered around having fun.
Many of the booths were passing out free stickers or putting up fun decorations to try and entice people to stop by and sample their wares. Although, with the heat, it didn’t take much convincing to get people under the shade where the free beer was.
With Saturday being sunny and 95+ all day the was something to be careful of during the festival. Luckily the coordinators put out places to fill your water bottle and the park had a few trees to provide shade.
Since the festival is typically held in Sacramento every year it was a big deal for them to make the trip down to Long Beach for this year’s event. As such the city made sure to give them a warm welcome and show everyone why Long Beach is a great beer town.
Beachwood, Steady LB, 10 Mile, and many other Long Beach/Signal Hill breweries came out Saturday to show the out-of-towners how Long Beach does beer.
For those of you who missed out on this year’s event check out the California Craft Beer Association’s website for more information on upcoming events: https://www.californiacraftbeer.com/craft-beer-summit/.
Don’t forget to check out our write-up on the trade show.