I just found out about a new beer festival, the Central Valley Beerfest in Turlock on June 1st.
I was hoping it would be filled with local and regional beers from Northern California. I don’t mean to sound like a snob, but looking at their poster, I was extremely disappointed.
- 21st Amendment (San Francisco)
- Batch 19 (MillerCoors)
- Blue Moon (MillerCoors)
- Leinenkugel’s (MillerCoors)
- Redd’s (MillerCoors)
- ThirdShift (MillerCoors)
- Lagunitas IPA (Petaluma)
- Alaskan Brewing (Juneau, AK)
- Dust Bowl Brewing (Turlock)
- Tioga-Sequoia Brewing (in Fresno and misspelled on the poster!)
- Anheuser-Busch (InBev)
The Facebook page notes that the following have been added:
- Snowshoe Brewing (Arnold)
- Hornsby’s (Modesto – Hornsby’s Pubdrafts/E and J Gallo)
- Victoria (Grupo Modelo)
- Mendocino Brewing (Ukiah, but owned by United Breweries Group)
I don’t mind that the big beers seem to be the focus; I would just choose not to drink them. It’s a beerfest — all kinds of beers should be represented. But the absence of so many good local and regional breweries is a shame and the opportunity to expose beer novices to the world of craft beers is missed.
It looks like they are still adding breweries to the lineup, so there is hope. I’ll wait a few weeks to see if the lineup fills out before making the decision to attend.