BARK-WORTHY BENEFIT: Beer festivals, those sip-focused, sunny-nice sprawls that are all about the taps and the socializing and the designated driving and the discovering of favorite new breweries, can exist simply unto themselves. That's how far the art of craft brewing has come along: A mega festival can be pretty unfettered and simply about the foams. But when there's a heart-warmer of an addition, say a sweet beneficiary, the day gets even better. And so there shall be at the OC Beer Festival, which lands at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, June 7. Noah's B-ark is the spotlight organization of the day, so, yep, funds from all of that served-up foam shall assist finding forever homes for rescue and shelter dogs (as well as vet bills, food, and such). Nice? Something you can raise a glass in toast to, during the event? For sure.
AS FOR THE BREWERIES? You bet a bunch of Orange County brewmakers'll be there, operating the suds-delivering spigots. The OC has been in full flowering mode in the craft brewing industry over the last several years, like many places around the Golden State, and regional crafters'll be there. Like? Oh, Bootlegger's Brewery of Fullerton, Old Orange Brewing Co., and Beach City Brewery of Huntington Beach. Plus a number of shops from around the state, including Riverside and the desert (yet another spot that has seized the fine beer-making reins in recent years). Cost? Forty bucks for general. Time? It's an afternoon thing. The Phoenix Club? Yeah, it is one of the places where Oktoberfest rules each fall, so they know the beer thing well. Tickets? They do sell out, so click here.