20 years. That’s pretty impressive. Not many can say they’ve lasted that long, especially in the high-cost and competitive Orange County beach cities. Newport Beach Brew Co. has been a constant in the craft beer scene, especially since their Brewmaster, Derek Bougie has been leading the beer program.
The 20th Anniversary party’s popularity is a true testament to the creativity that Derek exudes; it shows that he pours his passion into his beer. I particularly love all the sours that Derek makes and I always leap at the opportunity to taste his original beers so when that opportunity arose it was a no-brainer.
Even though it was raining and grey outside, everyone at the event had a great time. There was a raffle, music, several different pouring stations featuring different local breweries, great food, etc. I particularly loved the souvenir taster glass. The glass was in the shape of a beer can that Bottle Logic famously uses, and is also known as the Libbey can shaped beer glass. It felt real classy.
Overall it was a very enjoyable afternoon. The event was pretty crowded in spots but it wasn’t overwhelming because there was plenty of places to sit and get away and enjoy your taster of beer in peace. Having some breathing room goes a long way when planning an event and I am glad it was taken into consideration. Cheers to another 20 years with Newport Beach Brew Co!