Take note, gentle reader, that Firkfest is coming back next weekend! This beloved beer event (by myself and the general beer lover) will be hosted for the 3rd year at the Anaheim Farmers Park (the park in between Anaheim Brewery and the Anaheim Packing House). The event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with more than 50 casks of beer from at least 30 local craft breweries. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there is still time! It’s scheduled for March 19th, from noon to 4pm, with the forecast 75 degrees and sunny.
I can throw a rock five feet and hit a beer event almost every weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. Choose to be choosy, my friends. Anniversary parties are one thing, having a general beer event is another and we are swimming in a sea of mediocrity. The best OC beer events are Firkfest and the Brew Ha Ha’s (this includes Brew Ho Ho, Ha Ha, Sabroso and Hee Haw) -excluding Anniversary parties (don’t hate me breweries, I really love your Anniversary events). They are the most well-organized, they have the best beer, and are the most enjoyable to attend. There are a lot of factors that go into being enjoyable like shade, not being over-sold, a comprehensive map of the event, media check-in being easy to find, general lines not taking too long, bathrooms-o-plenty, food, etc. It’s not easy to play puppet master to all those strings, and somehow these guys make it look easy.
Firkfest is special because you get to try beers that are one-of-a-kind. Common cask offerings are IPA’s with fruit and citrusy mixtures, and we will most likely see a coffee-infused beer, and I hope to see more funky sours with herbs and fruits – I am looking at you The Good Beer Company! I can’t wait to attend this year, and I hope everyone who is local and has been flirting with the idea of coming takes the plunge. You won’t regret it.