From the pooches to the pinots to the pale ales, this was a great dog friendly festival and quintessential carefree day of summertime leisure! As you can see, my friend Sarah and I had a great time! Next year, I’ll have to make sure to bring my dog, Frankie – she’s a huge a wine fan.
If learning about wine region by region is your thing, this was the place for you! Wines were organized by country, with knowledgeable attendants who could fill you in on the characteristics of each nation’s flagship variety.
My favorite wine for a warm June day like the one we had at the festival was the Bluefeld Riesling, from Mosel. Medium sweet, with a gentle effervescence to refresh you from the heat, it really hit the spot. That and the free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. I didn’t get a chance to have some, but my friends told me that the samples were basically full on scoops!
On the beer front, there were a bunch of small and rising micro-breweries, like Beach City Brewery, based out of Huntington Beach and only three months old . . . just a baby.
Another highlight was Bootleggers Brewery, based out of Fullerton. Not quite a baby brewery anymore, but well on its way into the elementary school arena of brewskis as it enters its sixth year of operation. The Palomino Pale Ale was on tap and delicious, maltier than your typical pale ale, with a crisp citrusy aroma and flavor. Just the ticket for a hot summer day. It’d be worth the drive into Fullerton to check this place out, not only for the Palomino, but also for some of their more creative flavors — like a Mint Chocolate Porter, the “Black Phoenix” blend of smoky chipotle and savory coffee, and even a plum infused brew.
On top of everything else, there were beautiful handicrafts, artwork, and music playing. Local vendors were selling mouth watering food at discount prices to get patrons to give their stuff a try. I got a taste of Good Choice Sushi, which was doling out roll after roll to hungry patron after hungry patron. Having a sample of how good they were, I’d definitely check out their main establishment! Especially after scoping out their website and seeing this tasty looking poke bowl . . .
All in all, this was a fantastic festival, and one worth going back to next year! I can’t wait to see who will be showing off their art, beer, and wine!