Dale Bros. Brewery will celebrate its 13th anniversary, but it’s the local craft beer lovers who will be lucky.
The Upland brewery will once again host “Brews and Bros.,” the region’s biggest craft beer festival for an afternoon of craft beer, food, entertainment and fun on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Cable Airport in Upland. The event will run from 1-5 p.m., rain or shine, and an early rare beer hour will begin at noon for those with VIP admission.
Beer aficionados and novice craft beer drinkers will have the opportunity to choose samples from some 100 different craft brews, wines, ciders and craft sodas. More than 40 local and regional craft breweries will be pouring their popular and specialty brews, and an assortment of food trucks, on-site haircuts, henna art and live reggae music by Upstream will also be featured.
Dale Bros. will introduce a new specially crafted anniversary beer as part of the celebration.
Local breweries Rök House Brewing Co., No Clue Brew, Hamilton Family Brewery, I&I Brewing Co., Claremont Craft Ales, La Verne Brewing Co., Sanctum Brewing Co. and Old Stump Brewery are scheduled to participate. Major regional and national craft brands will also be represented, including Stone Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Ballast Point, Lagunitas Brewing, Karl Strauss, Maui Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada, among many others.
The event will also feature wine from Galleano Winery and Joseph Filippi Winery and cider from four different cider makers.
The event has grown considerably in the two years that Dale Bros. has held its anniversary festival at Cable Airport. More than 2,000 attended last year, up from the previous year’s estimate of 1,300 people.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Claremont schools through the Claremont Educational Foundation. Last year’s event raised about $18,000 to benefit the educational foundation.
Tickets priced at $45 include a souvenir glass and unlimited tastings. VIP admission at noon, which also includes the rare beer hour, preferred parking and a souvenir bottle opener, is priced at $60. Food is available for purchase from at least eight food truck vendors.
Attendees are encouraged to make transportation arrangements or designate a sober driver.
For more information, a complete listing of participating breweries and to purchase tickets online, visit www.brewsandbrosfest.org.
Sid Robinson is managing partner of the strategic communications and public relations firm Robinson and Associates, LLC. (www.robinsonandassociates.us). His articles about craft beer, wine and spirits also appear in publications such as Foothills Reader and 909 Magazine.