Fourth Annual California Beer Festival Returns To Santa Cruz

APTOS, CA – The 4th Annual California Beer Festival (CBF) returns to Santa Cruz, and is now two big days – Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10. Once again the Festival’s scenic setting is Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd., in Aptos. Tickets priced as follows: $45. (Saturday’s Craft Beer Heaven); $10. (Sunday’s Hamburger & Hops Festival). $70. (VIP 2-Day Pass); $50. (2-Day Pass); $25. (Saturday – “Designated Driver”); $30. (Sunday’s ‘Slider & Suds’ Package). Children 12 and under, free (Sunday only). Purchase tickets on-line at: Buy tickets locally at Whole Foods in Santa Cruz (911 Soquel Ave.) and Whole Foods in Capitola (1710 41st Ave.). Info: (805) 351-5650 or visit

In keeping with the yearly tradition, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to student athletes to assist in their pursuit of both scholastic and athletic success in Santa Cruz County.

Saturday, August 9: CRAFT BEER HEAVEN

Saturday’s Craft Beer Heaven is THE event for any new or seasoned Craft Beer drinker and enthusiast! Expand your mind and pallet while sampling over 80 Craft Beers on tap, along with live music, mouthwatering food and perhaps a game or two of Bocce Ball. The main goal of CBFs “Craft Beer Heaven” is to shine a light on the Craft Beer movement and celebrate great beer!

Participating breweries: Burt’s Honey Wheat Beer; Strike Brewing Company; Firestone Walker Brewing Company; Mad River Brewing Company; Santa Cruz Ale Works; Mendocino Brewing Company; Karl Strauss; Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company; Manzanita Brewing Company; Peter B’s Brewpub; Seabright Brewery; Riley’s Brewing Company; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Grand Teton Brewing Company; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; Hangar 24 Craft Brewery; Freewheel Brewing Company; 21st Amendment Brewing; Altamont Beer Works; Bison Organic Beer; Woodchuck Hard Cider; Big Sky Brewing Company; Headlands Brewing Company; Knee Deep Brewing Company; Day Of The Dead Beer; Ninkasi Brewing Company; Chaucer’s Cellars; 99 Bottles; St. Kilians Importing; Sandude Brewing Company; Pizza Port Brewing; Eight Bridges Brewing; Red Restaurant & Bar; Speakeasy Ales & Lagers; Alvarado St Brewery; Anchor Brewing; Steel Bonnet Brewing Company.

Space is very limited; must be 21 years or older to attend. (Note: Beer Sampling times are from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.).


On Sunday, bring the family, blankets and chairs to CBF’s first-ever Hamburger & Hops Music Festival! This Sunday Funday in the Park features Grade A Angus hamburgers, gourmet & fusion sliders, craft beer and a great entertainment lineup – a “Tribute to the Tributes”. Live music all day on the Main Stage by The “Unauthorized Rolling Stones”, “Petty Theft” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute) and “Foreverland”, the electrifying 14-piece Tribute To Michael Jackson who are a yearly CBF favorite. Space is limited. Kids 12 and under, free. (Note: No beer sampling on Sunday; beer and food will be available for purchase).