Thousands of beer-drinkers are counting the minutes to this year’s Battle of the Brews, a knock-down, drag-out People’s Choice contest to name the best brewery. In its sweet 16 year, this annual tradition hosted by the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa will feature dozens of competitors vying for votes including Firestone Walker, Gordon Biersch, Anderson Valley Brewing, Lost Coast, Black Diamond, Widmer, Red Hook, Humboldt Brewing, Blue Moon, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and many others. Local restaurants will also compete, while Love Fool and the Pat Jordan Band rock onstage.
Not to mention, all the proceeds going to local children’s charities. So you can feel good about all that imbibing.
March 31, 2012
Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Craft Brew Cup and ‘Wich Hunt: 2:00-4:00pm
Main Event: 4:00-8:00pm
Go to BattleOfTheBrews.com for tickets
But you, BiteClubbers, deserve something a bit more…exclusive.
The premiere pre-event at Saturday’s Battle of the Brews is the First Annual Craft Cup and ‘Wich Hunt. From 2-4p.m., 300 guests get the red carpet treatment during these two juried competitions. Craft Cup competitors will be showing off the best of their craft brews in an unique tasting experience.
‘Wich Hunt, hosted by BiteClub, pits 21 of my favorite local chefs against each other to come up with the baddest, meanest, most amazing sandwich in Sonoma County. Each of the sandwiches (and trust us, there is some major creativity going on here) will be available for sampling. Judges will include the esteemed Chef John Ash, Author Clark Wolf, Bohemian Editor Gabe Meline, Ike’s Place owner Ike Shehadeh and culinary personality, Laurie Figone in a blind tasting.
Think you deserve a spot on the guest list? Me, too.
Tell me your favorite place to drink beer in Sonoma County and why in the comments below (and no, your house doesn’t count). Creativity and humor get my attention. I’ll pick a favorite to win two tickets ($95 each) to the Craft Cup and ‘Wich Hunt (which also give you access to the later People’s Choice Event). Full rules here. Contest ends at noon, Friday. YOU MUST BE 21 TO ENTER.
Who loves you more than beer, baby?
– Zin Restaurant
– Kin Restaurant
– Jackson’s Bar and Oven
– La Rosa Tequileria and Grille
– Chicago Style Hot Dogs
– Brasserie Restaurant at Hyatt Vineyard Creek
– The Farmer’s Wife
– Healdsburg Bar & Grill
– Peloton Catering
– John Ash & Co.
– El Coqui Puerto Rican Restaurant
– Chef John Lyle, Chosen Spot
– Street Eatz Mobile Kitchen
– Sheana Davis, Epicurean Connection
– Original Superburger
– Pearson and Co.
– The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone
– Rocker Oysterfeller’s
– Boathouse Sushi
– Joey’s at the Belvedere
– Heather Irwin, Bite Club Eats
– Chef John Ash
– Clark Wolf, Author and Food Consultant
– Ike Shehadeh, owner Ike’s Place
– Gabe Meline, The Bohemian
– Laurie Figone, Cooking with Laurie Figone
West Side Bar & Grill
Mary’s Pizza Shack
Lagoo’s Ice Cream
Bar B Que Smokehouse Bistro
Sam’s For Play Café
Joey’s @ the Belvedere
Craft Cup Competitors
Lagunitas Brewing Company
3rd Street Aleworks
Main Event Beer Competitors
Blue Frog Brewing
Marin Brewing Company
Fox Barrel Cider Co.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Eel River Brewing Company
Pismo Island Lager
Mad River Brewing
Sonoma Springs Brewery
Napa Smith Brewing
Humboldt Brewing Co
Mendocino Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
New Belgium/Fat tire