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Central Valley Brewfest caters to beer lovers' dreams
By Melissa Hutsell

This May, the third annual Central Valley Brewfest will bring California crafted brews, food, live music and artwork together for one of the Valley’s premiere events.

Festival goers can expect a plethora of award-winning local and national brews, all served up in the event’s souvenir mug, perfectly sized for all the samples you can handle. The Brewfest, located at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds will showcase more than 150 different styles of beer, says the CV Brewfest’s founder, Veronica Camp. From American Blonde Ales to Black IPAs there will be something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds, even those who have a love for cider.

“The purpose of the event is to build on the success of our first two festivals and introduce many more people to craft beer. Focusing on the finest hops and artists in the area is a natural fit the community can enjoy supporting,” says Camp. “You won’t be disappointed with finely crafted beers from Dust Bowl Brewing Co., Prospector Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., and Tioga Sequoia Brewing Co., among several others.”

Camp, who grew up in the Central Valley, aims to keep attendees on the cutting edge of a growing trend. “The craft beer movement is exploding. This event is an opportunity for folks to discover new beers and ciders, promote local businesses, and have a great time with good people. ”

The Brewfest is much more than a drinking event explains Camp, it is an all-out experience in taste, art, games, and music. It wouldn’t be a Central Valley celebration without food from favorites like Lockeford Meat and Sausage, Bravos Bites, Docs Q’In Pit Stop, and El Hidalguense Taco Truck to complement those cool crafted brews.

New to this year’s Brewfest is a chance to catch live music from the Valley’s own local icons, Flying Blind.

For more information on Central Valley Brewfest, including designated driver options, and a complete list of participating breweries, visit


The Central Valley Brew Fest


1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 9


Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Building E1


$30 for participants, $15 for designated drivers; available at