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2013 Taste of Brews - White Park Riverside, CA

Recapping the Taste of Brews in Riverside

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This year’s Inland Empire Taste of Brews event was held at White Park in Downtown Riverside last month.  Over 40 breweries showed up to sling beer to event-goers. I & I Brewing Company Local favorites like Hangar 24 Craft BreweryI and I BrewingPackinghouse Brewing and Bootlegger’s Brewery were on hand along with many of the larger powerhouse breweries likeSam AdamsSierra NevadaStone Brewing Co. and a slew of other household names.  While you’re able to grab unlimited tastings from any brewery, the folks over at the Riverside Homebrew Crew were eager to share what they had brought as well from the homebrewing community.

Food trucks are becoming more and more popular, especially at events like this one.  4 food trucks were on hand, although some of them didn’t open up until several hours into the event, causing long lines and wait times.  From this setup it was clear more trucks were needed.  Although it was a nice surprise to find Killarney’s Irish Pub and ProAbition handing out samples of food they serve at their establishments nearby.  In the end, all the food was great!

While tasting the concoctions from all these breweries.  Music was provided by Purple Revolver, a cover-band performing music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s with their own twist.  A great way to peruse the beers, while doing so I found a local IPA from Main Street Brewingcalled Hop Daddy IPA, to me this was a noteworthy beer with a bright hop presence.  Perfect for the midday sun.

White Park was a great venue for this event, plenty of shade was provided by the tall trees. The next Taste of Brews will be held in Long Beach on Aug 24th at Lighthouse Park, however we’ve been informed that a ticket system is in place so the beers are no longer unlimited.  A trend we’re, unfortunately, seeing more and more.

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