OC Beer & Music Festival // Santa Ana

Set in the heart of downtown Santa Ana, OC Beer and Music Festival embodied the chill vibe of this up-and-coming city. DTSA is now one of my favorite places to hang out, dine, and drink some craft beer! For all my beer lovers, Rock Star Beer has blessed up with another great event. You can get unlimited beer samples from local breweries, listen to amazing cover bands, and grab some grub from select food trucks.

With VIP tickets in hand, we were allowed to enter an hour before general admission and experience two VIP venues across the street. At the Festival Hall, Suja served three different mixed drinks using their juice. Even at a beer festival, we got to sample cocktails! Next, we went to The Underground, which was straight downstairs from the Festival Hall. There they had a DJ spinning and they had multiple breweries to taste. Here I discovered my new favorite from Latitude 33, their Honey Hips Blonde was so good! It had hints of honey and citrus and definitely satisfied my craving for a sweet beer. At this festival, there are a variety of booths, like water stations, merchandise and we even talked to a guy who sold organic fruits and vegetables by subscription boxes. After we tried everything in the VIP venue, we headed back to the main building, the Yost Theater.

In the background, they had a Katy Perry and Pink cover band playing top hits, and people were rocking out and dancing just like if the performers were the actual singers. At the Yost, there’s also a 2nd-floor room and balcony, where there was even more brews to try. We had a great time meeting new people, learning about different types of beer and listening to talented artists.
We made sure to Uber to the event and back, definitely take advantage of the unlimited beer until they run out, stay and have a good time!

There were a lot of popular local breweries pouring their top drafts, with a wide variety too. I saw IPAs, stouts, ales, everything across the beer spectrum. There were many different types of beers to taste, so if you’re not quite a beer expert yet, Rock Star Beer festivals are a perfect place to learn. Once you’ve tried them all, rule out your favorite and keep coming back for more. They host multiple events a year, and are expanding to new cities this year! Check out to see if they’re coming to a city near you. Cheers!

Thank you again, Rock Star Beer for having us at another OC Beer & Music Festival!

Paint Nite Review + Discount Code / Drink Creatively

Paintbrush in one hand, cocktail or beer in the other. Not many people can say they’ve done exactly that. Let me introduce you to Paint Nite, where you can socialize, drink and let your creative juices flow. Don’t worry if your simple stick men aren’t masterpieces. Even if you think you can’t paint, its worth a shot. You’ll be surprised at all the techniques you can use with just a few colors. Taught by real artists, Paint Nite sessions, are easy to follow, and the instructors are willing to help you out each step of the way.

My session was at noon on a rooftop bar in Long Beach, this was the perfect excuse to day drink. We arrived right on time, and all the canvases and paint supplies were set on long communal tables. They gave us time to get settled and order drinks, I ordered a Smog City Coffee Stout (yumm) and some water (which came in a cute mason jar glass) . To get started we did a little spirit finger warm up and our teacher, Zach, told us some house rules.

What I loved about Paint Nite, was that it’s not the traditional art class, it felt like a big party! WE had some funny rules for example 1. If someone accidentally drinks their paint water, everyone takes a drink 2. if someone spills their paint water every takes two drinks. FOr painting rules, you have the freedom to paint however you like. At the end of the day everyone's painting will look unique and different.

Our assignment was to paint a sunset scene with hills and two trees using only five colors and a small amount of paint. Each step was taught flawlessly and Zach made it super easy to follow. I brought my boyfriend, who had barely any painting experience. In the beginning, his blending and gradient colors were actually better than mine! This surprised him as well, it was cute seeing a huge grin on his face. Then he started painting trees and then it turned into abstract… if you know what I mean haha.

The whole class took about 2 hours to finish, and when you look at your completed masterpiece, you finally get that creative buzz. You are an artist, everyone’s an artist! We are all capable of creating beautiful things.

Check out Paint Nite and find a class near you! Most session sell out so I suggest booking as soon as you can. Use code INSTA at checkout for 35% off your entire purchase. Have funa and drink creatively!