Fourth Annual BierBuzz Masquerade Provides a Great Timein Events
With the fascinating feeling of walking into an arena for a beer festival, this past Saturday's Fourth Annual BierBuzz Masquerade provided attendees with a special experience.
In addition to the grand feeling of entering such an open space, the element of gazing upon dozens, if not hundreds, of fellow festivalgoers, many of whom were costumed, provided a special atmosphere in the week leading up to Halloween. A stage on one side of the arena was enlivened by live music, provided by The Union Drifters, with the remaining space of the arena being ringed by breweries' tents.
These breweries' booths all provided attendees with at least two of their brews, meaning there were over eighty options of beers to taste. Moreover, as opposed to some beer festivals, there was no limit of how many beers one could taste, except for what time would allow. Some festivalgoers had to forgo filling up the entirety of their BierBuzz souvenir festival mini-mugs in order to try as many beers as they could. When in doubt, however, they could resort to walking over to one of the several troughs in the middle of the arena set-up for pouring out one's beers.
More than forty breweries represented were from Southern California, especially from the Inland Empire, in addition to there also being breweries from out-of-state, such as Abita Beer, Alaskan Brewing, Goose Island Beer Co., and New Belgium Brewing. While many of the breweries had the opportunity to showcase their standard fare, many breweries, fittingly for the season, brought one or two seasonal beers, most of which were pumpkin-flavored, such as Hangar 24's Gourdgeous Local Fields, Brew Rebellion's Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, and New Belgium's Pumpkick.
The arena, which was perhaps designed for a rodeo, provided the festival with a pleasant spaciousness, leaving a comfortable amount of space for people to mingle with fellow attendees. If one got hungry, Pappas Artisanal Restaurant, Bread & Barley, Lordsburg Taphouse & Grill, Scoops On Tap, and Kia Ora served as food vendors for the event immediately adjacent to the arena. With Craft Beer Kings, Yelp, Beer Thirty, Inland Empire Brewery Tours, and Enjoy the Brew serving as partners in the festival, portions of the proceeds went to Pints for Pitties. In the end, a good time was had by all.