For all my beer lovers, check out Newport Beach Beer Festival hosted by Rock Star Beer! Located at Newport Dunes Resort, this event has the perfect Southern California vibe. There is parking on site for $10. I highly suggest taking an Uber because the parking lot gets full fast and especially if you want to drink. Set on the sandy beach of the bay, there were dozens of top Socal breweries pouring samples. Make sure to get VIP tickets so you can enter the event 1 hour early. When you enter, one of the staff will hand you a plastic cup for your sample pours. Don’t lose it! If you have VIP tickets, you can access the VIP section and sample exclusive cocktails and beer.
Tickets were all inclusive, so we got unlimited samples from over 150 craft beers! Lines were long, but they move quickly. Once you get a full cup, swing over to the next line and enjoy your beer till you reach the front. This year was the most beer they have ever served so there was a wide selection of IPAs, were stouts, lagers, ales, etc. My absolute favorite was from Knee Deep Brewing, they had a Nutella Stout and I fell in love with it! We had a VIP ticket, so we were able to enter the exclusive grassy area and try cocktails made with Bai and a yummy Lemon Shandy.
If you get hungry, they have a variety of food trucks. So if you’re craving tacos, fries, or dessert, it’s all located in the front by the entrance. Lines are long, so while someone is waiting in line to buy food, send someone else in your group to get some cups of beer! We tried the Super Nachos from Samurai Burrito and it was the best $12 we've ever spent.
We ended the night with some amazing music from The Black Eyed Tease underneath the large pop-up tent! With cover bands of Black Eyed Peas and No Doubt, of course, everyone will get on their feet and dance! Listening to throwbacks with a drink in hand, everyone was having a great time. In the VIP section, there was a small gazebo with a DJ and room to dance.
I loved the venue because of all the open space, plus we got to see a beautiful Newport Beach sunset. Everyone was happy and having a great time! Events like these are great if you are still new to the beer scene and want to learn more! Some of the breweries were passing out stickers, coasters and pins for free! Overall we had a great time, check out the Rock Star Beer's website for a schedule of future events!