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Lake Arrowhead Brewfest is Awesome

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Being a local to the San Bernardino Mountains, I definitely look forward to The Lake Arrowhead Brewfest.

Every year, the fest seems to get bigger.  As I walked towards the event just before noon, I noticed there was no huge line, which was a great start to the fest. I made my way over to the five home brew clubs to scope out their selections. b2ap3_thumbnail_Maltose-Falcons-Mead.jpg

There were some really awesome diverse beers being served by the hard-working folks pouring and I was really quite surprised to even see thirteen meads and a Kombucha flowing.  I mostly stuck with the homebrews as I had previously tried most of the beers that the breweries brought to the event.  Some of my favorites were the Berliner Randall with blue Jolly Rancher candies from the Horse Thief Brewers Association and the Barrel-aged Imperial Maple Stout by the Maltose Falcons.

This festival is unlike any other in that you get to try unique beers that homebrewers put their hard work, money, and talent into.  Speaking to the homebrewers about their beers is a really cool experience attendees don’t normally have at most festivals.  Another advantage is the festival lasts six hours long and you don’t have to worry about drink tickets, as it’s an all-you-can-drink festival. b2ap3_thumbnail_Brewluminati.jpg

However, with the higher altitude, an attendee needs to be very careful of the unlimited samples.  Luckily, there was some great food there to help coat my belly.  I had a buffalo chicken sausage from Jensen’s loaded with a huge pile of onions and bell peppers.  The Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille was also onsite and were serving up some amazing-looking tacos.

Everyone was having a great time and Re-Rewind was the fun band that was providing some music for the event.  They played a wide variety of cover music, including 70’s, 80s, 90’s, and even a few from the 2000s. Their guitar player was dressed up like Richard Simmons, but, luckily, his shorts were a bit longer than Richard’s.

 

I want to thank Jim Grant and all of the volunteers that put considerable time and effort into making this another great event this year.

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