Raise a Glass: Foothills Brewfest on May 5, and Truckee Brew Fest on June 9

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST BEGAN with the celebration of a royal wedding in October 1810, and since then beer festivals have become popular worldwide. Examples include the Great American Beer Fest, the Keyaki Hiroba Spring Beer Festival, Mondial de la bière, and the Great British Beer Festival.

Our region — with its burgeoning craft beer scene — is home to some long-running beer festivals but also up-and-coming ones. Two of them are held in May and June: the Truckee Brew Fest and Foothills Brewfest.

The 2nd annual Foothills Brewfest is Saturday, May 5 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. “Bring your friends to enjoy great beer, music, games and a selection of food trucks,” say the organizers.

The breweries attending include Auburn Alehouse, Belching Beaver Brewery, Crooked Lane Brewing Co., Knee Deep Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., ol’ Republic Brewery, Outbreak Brewing Co., River City Brewing Co., Tap It Brewing Co., and South Lake Brewing Co., as well as Common Cider Co. and Strad Meadery.

The proceeds benefit Gold Country Fair Heritage Foundation and the Rotary Club of Auburn. The Foundation uses the funds to enhance the Gold Country Fairgrounds, and the Rotary Club of Auburn uses funds to support various community projects. The festival is for adults aged 21 and over.

The 12th annual Truckee Brew Fest celebrates the coming of summer under the majestic blue skies of Truckee Regional Park on Saturday, June 9. It features more than 40 beers, brats and BBQ, and live music by the Blue Monsters. Admission includes a collector’s tasting glass.

Participating breweries include Fifty Fifty Brewing, Alibi Ale Works, Auburn Alehouse, Berryessa Brewing Co., Drakes Brewing Co., Knee Deep, Lagunitas, Ninkasi Brewing Co., Revision Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and The Brewing Lair, among others. Truckee Optimist, the host, uses the proceeds to benefit local youth.


Raise your glass of local craft beer to toast Sacramento Beer Week on May 11-20, because most of the region’s breweries will be present, including ol’ Republic and Three Forks in Nevada City; Auburn Alehouse, Crooked Lane and Knee Deep in Auburn; and Loomis Basin Brewing.

Attendees enjoy beer tastings, special releases, beer pairings, meeting the brewers, educational seminars, and tours, among other activities. “Sacramento Beer Week is so big, it needs 10 days,” joke the organizers.

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