ATASCADERO — The Central Coast Beer Fest 2019 started for industry VIP’s at noon March 30 with general admission from 1 until 4 p.m. in Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens.
Including booths and vendors, Tony Grimes, president of the nonprofit Central Coast Brewers Guild, estimated 2,100 attendees.
“It was great to get all of the industry folks together in this setting,” Grimes said, adding that in addition to being a public exposure for regional brewers the event was best described as a “craft beer mini-expo.”
While the brewers already learn a lot from each other and have special guests, notably Northern California’s Russian River Brewing this year, “We’d like to grow this into a weekend conference event to showcase more education and industry processes,” Grimes explained.
This is the second year the benefit event for the Guild has been held in Atascadero. Grimes wanted to thank the City government and municipal leaders for their support, hoping to grow here annually.
More than 40 brewers from Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey counties, took part, with 60 listed in the Guild’s Central Coast Beer Trail map ranging from Cambria to Moorpark.
Wineries, cideries, and live music took part in the event as well to a limited degree and attendees migrated toward the main stage in front of City Hall to see local favorites Bear Market Riot.
Guests who preferred to “get their drink on” early were given some snacks with the first round at noon, with nearby Tent City Brewery, taking the opportunity to showcase their hummus and veggie plates which will be a feature at the brewpub.
Member listings and contact information for brewers offering new local drafts, in case any guests found something they can’t go another year without, are available at: www.centralcoastbrewersguild.com.