More than 65 craft breweries will serve about 150 beers at the LA on Tap Beer Competition and Festival May 9 at the Fairplex in Pomona that will also serve as kickoff event for LA Beer Week. It’s billed as the county’s largest beer festival this year.
“This zoning update will allow the City to capitalize on a fast-growing industry by using our existing assets – thriving commercial areas, unlimited inventory of existing building stock, and a regional reputation as a foodie destination – to their highest potential,” said Amy Bodek, director of Long Beach development services.
So far, 39 breweries and cideries are expected to participate, including 24 from Southern California. Pre-sale admission tickets are $30 (plus $2.64 service fee) for admission at 1 p.m. and $40 (plus $3.19 service fee) for noon admission. Prices will be $10 more at the door. Designated driver tickets will also be available at the door for $20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Loyal Order of Re-enactment Enthusiasts.
More than 30 Southern California breweries will serve over 40 craft beers washed down by the offerings of about two dozen food vendors.
Can’t make it? Here’s a consolation prize: a Mission Brewing Tap Attack at 5 p.m. Friday at Alpine Village.
You can make a case that when Strand Brewing opened the first production brewery in Torrance almost five years ago, the brewery spawned an industry (they have the business award from the city of Torrance to prove it) that has made the community and the South Bay one of the hotbeds of the Los Angeles craft beer industry.
Now Strand is moving within bar crawling distance of other local breweries as it seeks room to grow.