50 Reasons Not to Miss the RateBeer Best Festival in Santa Rosa

One of the most popular beer events in Sonoma County is coming up. Here are 50 reasons why you should get your tickets now.

Beer maker Cory King of Side Project holding one of his brews during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar Sunday in Santa Rosa, California. January 31, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)

The second annual RateBeer Best Festival and Awards Ceremony will take place over the course of two days, January 28-29, in Santa Rosa. This year’s event will feature a grand tasting experience with beers from 50 of the world’s top breweries and honor the top 100 beers selected by RateBeer reviewers.

The RateBeer Best awards began in 2002 as a series of online announcements during RateBeer’s second year as a public beer review and rating website. Attracting international attention, the online awards evolved into a live show in 2016. The event, produced by Fat Dogg Productions/NorCal Beer Geeks, raises funds for Sonoma County local charity Ales For Autism.

Ratebeer Best attendees cheers at the 2016 festival. (photo by Tim Vallery)
Ratebeer Best attendees say cheers at the 2016 festival. (Tim Vallery)

The Ratebeer Best Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday, January 28th at 1:30 pm at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, with VIP entrance starting at 12:30 pm. Food from various Sonoma County vendors (lineup not yet released) will be available for purchase at the event. VIP attendees will enjoy early access to top notch brewers and will also be treated to fine farm-to-table fare from Peloton Culinary & Catering, known for epic beer pairings.

Hop Salt popcorn made by Peloton Catering. (photo by Tim Vallery)
Hop Salt popcorn made by Peloton Catering. (Tim Vallery)

Here are the 50 breweries that have confirmed their participation at RateBeer Best:

SONOMA COUNTY

Moonlight  · Lagunitas · Bear Republic · Cooperage  · Fogbelt · 101 North · Third Street Aleworks · Plow  · Henhouse  · St. Florian’s · Stumptown · Seismic

UNITED STATES

Hill Farmstead Brewery · Sante Adairius Rustic Ales · Tree House Brewing Company · Jester King Brewery · Monkish Brewing Company · Side Project Brewing · Great Notion Brewing · Blackberry Farm · Toppling Goliath · Prairie Artisan Ales · Tired Hands Brewing Company · Cellarmaker Brewing Company · Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery · Cycle Brewing · Other Half · Three Floyds Brewing Company · Superstition Meadery · Russian River Brewing · J Wakefield Brewing · Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company · De Garde Brewing · Trillium Brewing Company · American Solera · Evil Twin Brewing

BELGIUM

De Struise Brouwers · Cantillon · 3 Fonteinen ·  

BRAZIL

DUM Cervejaria · Cervejaria Dogma

CANADA

Brasserie Dunham · Bellwoods Brewery

JAPAN

Kiuchi Brewery

SWEDEN

Omnipollo

UNITED KINGDOM

Cloudwater Brew Co · Beavertown · Buxton

Bottles of Buxton Brewery, United Kingdom beers during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar Sunday in Santa Rosa, California. January 31, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
Bottles of Buxton Brewery, United Kingdom beers during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar in Santa Rosa, 2016. (Erik Castro)

The RateBeer Best Awards Reception takes place on Sunday, January 29, at 11 am at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. At 1 pm, following the Awards Ceremony, there will be a reception and bottle share, offering opportunities for beer fans to meet some of the world’s best brewers and taste even more beers from around the world. The event is planned to coninue at guest rooms throughout the hotel and finish by 3 pm.

Attendees from left, Tim Redmond, of Los Angeles, Daniel Lyons, of Orange County and Brook Phelps, of Los Angeles, during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar Sunday in Santa Rosa, California. January 31, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
Attendees from left, Tim Redmond, of Los Angeles, Daniel Lyons, of Orange County and Brook Phelps, of Los Angeles, during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar in Santa Rosa, 2016. (Erik Castro)

“RateBeer Best Awards Ceremony is largely for industry but enthusiasts are also invited to attend. The big draw for the everyday beer lover is the ability to taste some of the best beers in the world without having to leave the country, and meet the brewers behind these great beers in a one of a kind world class beer event.” said Founder & CEO of Ratebeer, Joe Tucker.

So whether you are a brewer, home brewer, beer geek, casual beer consumer, or entirely new to beer, this event is for you and is not to be missed. Get your tickets now, while they last! You’re guaranteed to leave this event with a smiling face!

Heather Wacker, left and Daniel Baggett both from Santa Rosa, California during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar Sunday in Santa Rosa, California. January 31, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
Heather Wacker, left and Daniel Baggett both from Santa Rosa, California during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar in Santa Rosa, 2016. (Erik Castro)

RATEBEER BEST 2017

RateBeer Best Festival
Saturday, January 28, General Admission 1:30 pm, VIP 12:30 pm.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Tickets, General Admission, $80 per person, purchase your tickets here, VIP Tickets: sold out.

RateBeer Best Awards Ceremony
Sunday, January 29, 11 am.
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Tickets, $25 per person, purchase your tickets here.
More Info: ratebeerbest.com (@Ratebeer)

Zach Shollenberger of Denver, Colorado, right, pouring Silly Cybies beer during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar Sunday in Santa Rosa, California. January 31, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
Zach Shollenberger of Denver, Colorado, right, pouring Silly Cybies beer during RateBeer Best International Beer Festival held at Kaiser Air Inc. private hangar in Santa Rosa, 2016. (Erik Castro)

 

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