Combining beer culture with education at the Long Beach Craft Beer Festival
Words and Photos by Jazmine Lucero Contributor
The Forty-Niner shops hosted the first annual Long Beach Craft Beer Festival on Oct. 15 here at Cal State University, Long Beach. Attendees were presented with a variety of food, entertainment, and unlimited two-ounce samples of craft beer from over 50 breweries.
Some of these included Beachwood Brewing Co., Smog City Brewing Co., and Transplants Brewing Co. Each guest was given an exclusive mini mug to use while trying brews.
Held at the Jack Rose Track Stadium, breweries and vendors were set up along both straights of the track. Which in itself was a great idea, in my opinion, because it allowed guests to walk off calories as they ate and drank.
My journey that afternoon started with a familiar favorite, the Citricado Double India Pale Ale (IPA) from Stone Brewing Co. 2016 actually marks the 20th anniversary for this particular brew. The combination of hoppy, citrus, and avocado honey complement each other for a smooth, yet strong flavor.
It didn’t take long for the wonders of day drinking to kick in. Eight samples in, to be exact. I knew my body was trying to tell me
something when the blissfully sweet feeling of a buzz at 3p.m. was abruptly accompanied by fatigue and a scrambled internal sense of time. It was time to grub. Legends Sports Bar and Naples Rib Co. came through with mouthwatering dishes.
My friend and I ordered four tacos con carnitas, Louisiana hot sausage bites, and a Briskettini. The Briskettini was a dish layered with baked beans, garlic mashed potatoes, chopped brisket, with a drizzle of barbeque sauce. Oh, and did I mention it was served in a martini glass? Not only was the food as delicious as it looked, it also fit a student’s budget racking in at a total of $17.
As I took a sip of beer named Crush Cucumber Sour, satisfaction washed over me at the thought that another student benefited from my being drunk. Yes, you read that right. The Long Beach Craft Beer Festival also doubled as a fundraiser.
According to the festival’s website, funds from the event are going towards “building facilities that will house and accommodate the educational needs of the growing Hospitality Management program” at CSULB. Couldn’t make it to this festival? No worries! Visit http://www.lbbeerfest.com/ for information on the next event.