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The Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival Returns January 29 to Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park

Monday, January 17th, 2011

If any of you made it to last year’s event, then you know that this was one of the best beer fests of the year. That first annual event pretty much went off without a hitch. Great food, great beers (including a few one-offs), and well organized. I would say the only difficulty was the sheer number of people that showed up. While it caused backups at food lines and bathrooms, it wasn’t overwelming for the BN crew that ran it. Here is my post on last year’s event.
I’m sure the BN took the experience from last year and are applying that to make for an even better fest this year. Please check out the press release below and remember that your 40 bucks gets you unlimited pours. With all those pours in you, you’ll have an easy time getting to the BART station that is only a block and a half away.
Pre-sale tickets are available at winterbrewsfest.eventbrite.com. See you there.

For release:

(BERKELEY) January 15, 2011 – The East Bay-based craft beer radio company, The Brewing Network, is back for its 2nd Annual Winter Brews Festival to jump-start the local craft beer appreciation season.

With more than 30 world class breweries on tap, visitors will enjoy unlimited tastings from breweries such as the 21st Amendment, Gordon Biersch, Lagunitas, Magnolia, and Triple Rock. This Winter Brews Festival promises to expose beer lovers, new and experienced, to a variety of tasty beers, as well as raise awareness and funding for two local non-profi ts; the Coral Reef Alliance and BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit bulls).

The 2nd Annual Winter Brews Festival will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley on Saturday, January 29, 2011, from 12pm to 4pm. Tastings will feature a wide variety of local brews and unique innovations from some of the best brewers around, many of whom will be pouring their own beers giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about how the beer is made.

Rain or shine, they’ve got you covered. And with the Downtown Berkeley BART station just two blocks away, this afternoon event will be sure to satisfy locals wanting to enjoy some beers for a great cause. Tickets are $35 pre-sale, or $40 at the gate and include unlimited pours and a commemorative glass. For more information on the event, and to purchase tickets, please visit http://thebrewingnetwork.com/ontap.

National Homebrew Conference club night: a few pics from the evening

Monday, June 21st, 2010

beer boardLast Friday night was club night at the NHC convention in Minnesota. The event featured over 40 different homebrew clubs that spanned the 48 states. The majority were clubs in and around the midwest and none of these people dissappointed. From the great themes, to the jovial crowd, the food that was available, and to the massive amount of homebrew. One club in particular, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it was the Iowa’s Hombrewers Union, brought over 60 kegs to this event. Even if you averaged 10 kegs per club, you are still talking hundreds of kegs. I would love to hear the actual final numbers on this as I’m sure they are impressive.
With all of that, club night is a bit daunting but his year I did multiple laps around the room, trying to pick up what I missed on the last lap. I was constantly entertained from start till finish. The photo above is a basic idea of what you are up against, a decent size list of brews cross quite a range of styles. Let’s check out the pics (click on them for bigger versions):

the crowd

The crowed near the beginning of the event. There usually a nice amount of room to move around.

pork sliders
Food options at one booth…making sure that your stomach stays topped off.

taps at club night, NHC
Most clubs had very professional taps, again showing the quality that everyone puts into the event.

chili dogs at nhc
More food. This time it was chili dogs.

BN broadcast
Of course the Brewing Network was there doing what they do best: entertaining, building community, and getting the word out.

jockey boxes at NHC

Self serve jockey boxes at the Iowa Brewers Union area.

cheese at NHC
More snacks….

Iowa Brewers Union
Iowa Homebrewers Union taking the prize (the urinal tap) for bringing the most kegs to the event….over 60 kegs. A new record I believe.

urinal tap trophy at NHC
The victory parade and of course you should hook it up and put a beer on! (below).

urinal tap pour