California Beer Festival
By Joe Martone
Sat, Oct. 6
New location? No problem. The extra seven minutes added to your drive is worth it if you want to check out the renowned California Beer Festival. Bonelli Park is the new host of the autumn celebration and they have a cornucopia of breweries that will make your alcoholic heart gurgle with delight. Every guest will get a souvenir cup at the beginning of the day and will be allowed to sample from companies such as Black Market, Ouroboros Ales, Stone Brewing Co., Karl Strauss, Sierra Nevada and more while you gorge yourself on all the fine local fast-food selections. This fest even has some musical guests lined up, like the 14-piece ensemble dedicated to recreating the Michael Jackson experience known only as Foreverland. In addition, the festival is also prepared for responsibility—it’s offering special tickets for designated drivers that replaces the souvenir cup with free water to ensure that your party gets home safely. Really, there isn’t a better way to kick off the fall season.
Frank G. Bonelli Park, 120 Via Verde San Dimas, (805) 323-5691; www.californiabeerfestival.com. Parking and shuttles available at Raging Waters, 111 Raging Waters Dr., San Dimas. Parking, $10. Designated Driver tickets $25. General admission, $45. VIP, $65.