One of my favorite beer festivals of the year is coming up, the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival, in Paso Robles on May 31st. Now tickets may be sold out, but there’s always plenty on sale on StubHub, Craiglist, or through friends of friends of friends. However you get there, the important thing is to GET THERE! Sample amazing beers from over 40 breweries, and get some delicious grub from over 20 local restaurants.
This year, this event is going to be super special. We’ll be officially releasing, for the very first time, the California BrewMasters book. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this be the venue for our release. This festival shares the values of the book, a focus on the beer community as a whole, as opposed to just the beer. Now the beer’s going to be amazing, don’t get me wrong, but what makes this fest so good is that the brewers are there pouring their beers, giving fans a rare opportunity to meet many of these guys and gals.
For me, this festival it near and dear to my heart; it sparked the idea for this very book! It was there that I met many of the brewers that you’ll find in the pages of California BrewMasters. At last year’s festival we also had a gallery of brewer portraits hanging up, so brewers and beer fans alike could comb over them and take a break from the heat.
I’m honored to have the opportunity to share this book with festival goers, and I hope to see you all there!