The newest event from the OC Brew Ha Ha Group in partnership with the OC Fair is the OC Brew Hee Haw event that took place this last weekend. We went on the first day of the fair and when we walked-in it was less crowded than I expected, which was a nice surprise. Gripping the handles of my camera bag tightly, I entered the beer event eager to see friends and taste some delicious beer.
There was a decent amount of breweries representing at the event with mostly volunteers pouring. The taps that were offered were crowd-pleasing and not overly complex which didn’t alienate any of the noobs that wondered into the event from the fair. It seemed like there was a decent amount of new people getting introduced to some of the fantastic local breweries that were in attendance.
Seriously good job to the event organization. There was a crazy amount of cops trying to find reasons to shut-down the event and staff was constantly fighting an uphill battle to keep the party going. There was plain-clothed ABC reps and plain-clothed cops in attendance along with obvious cops, fake ID decoys, wrist-band and ticket issues, etc. Despite the authorities best efforts, they managed to keep the event going and everyone was thankful for it.
I loved the the event included admission to the fair and for the first time I had my camera with me! I seized the opportunity to showcase the creepy feeling I get from the fair that might not be so forthcoming to most people. Fairs kinda creep me out…smoke that looks like fog, eerie darkness, cheesy rides, bad food, small hands.
Bonus: I had a PROPER pour of Noble’s English 101 on Nitro at the event. There are few things in this world that are more satisfying than a proper pour of a really good nitro beer. I am talking the 45 degree pour, the wait, then the top-off that bubbles a little curve over the brim of the glass. It’s textually silky and smooth and lip-smackingly delightful. Alright, that’t it. I am off to Noble now…I need another one right now!