Monterey Beer Festival. Hurray for Craft Breweries from all over the state of California are getting ready to come to the 20th Annual Monterey Beer Festival, a fundraiser for the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation.
A new trend this year at the 2023 Monterey Beer Festival will be the presence of three companies offering hard seltzers, reflecting that segment of the beer industry’s growth in recent years.
California Seltzer Co is locally-owned and hand-crafted in Lodi, California with a new retail location in Pacific Grove at Lover’s Point which also offers pizza, salads, avocado toast and more. Their seltzers are under 100 calories, under 2 grams of sugar and gluten free. Jiant Kombucha will be on site with hard kombuchas are thoughtfully crafted with high-grade green tea, sustainable honey, fresh-brewed botanicals and real fruit. Sierra Nevada will also bring some of its flavorful hard seltzers.
Get creative! Attendees of the Monterey Beer Festival can also enter the Coolest Monterey Beer Festival Necklace Contest.
NEW THIS YEAR! The Coolest Monterey Beer Festival Necklace Contest sponsored by Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
Use your imagination! Festival-goers are invited to wear their coolest Beer Festival necklace to the Monterey Beer Festival as part of a new contest judged on site at the Festival. The first place winner will receive tickets to the 2023 Monterey Beer Festival and there will be other fun prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place winners, too, including items from Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.
NEW THIS YEAR! Monterey Touring Vehicles-Classic Car Rentals
Monterey Touring Vehicles – Classic Car Rentals will have several cool classic automobiles on site to view by Festival-goers.
About Monterey Touring Vehicles
Monterey Touring Vehicles – Classic Car Rentals in Monterey features a fleet of iconic classic cars for some of the most memorable drives in the world, including Pebble Beach, Big Sur, and Carmel. Rentals are available for half day and full day, include a full tank of fuel, and can be picked up from our Monterey location or delivered right to you. With plenty of automatic convertibles, classic muscle cars, and sporty little roadsters, there's something for everyone in the fleet. Their rentals span from the 1927 Bugatti to the 2008 Tesla with a car from every decade in between. Whether you are looking for a vintage car rental for a wedding or something unique to do in Monterey, the experience of driving a classic car transforms any trip into something truly special!
NEW THIS YEAR! Clear Bag Policy
A Clear Bag Policy will be in effect for all guests of the Monterey Beer Festival. Please bring either one bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and that does not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" OR a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
NEW THIS YEAR! Urbn Leaf will be on site with giveaways (no cannabis samples!)
Urbn Leaf is California's premier cannabis company. Home of the Feel Good drug boutique, Urbn Leaf continues to shatter stereotypes and set new standards within the cannabis industry.
NEW THIS YEAR! Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat to Perform!
Jake Nielsen's Triple Threat will be performing at the 2022 Monterey Blues Festival on July 30th at the Monterey Fairgrounds. It’s a perfect band for beer tasting and dancing! The band is a Blues/Rock/Reggae Group from Santa Cruz CA. Jake Nielsen (lead vocals/guitar) David Palmer (vocals/bass) aka cuz Dave) and Kyle Talty (Drums). J.N.has headlined International shows and opened for such acts as Dirty Heads, The Expendables, Ballyhoo, Collie Buds, Hieroglyphics, and RBL Posse.
NEW THIS YEAR! DJ Fredo and ATM Drums
DJ Fredo and ATM Drums will be performing this year, too.
Advance Discount Tickets are on sale
Advance Discount Tickets now on sale for the 19th Annual Monterey Beer Festival that will be held at the beautiful Monterey County Fair & Event Center on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The updated list of breweries on site is below.
Bring your friends, spouse, significant other, uncles, cousins or just come and make some new friends at this friendly fun festival! A not-to-be-missed event for anyone 21 and over, the Monterey Beer Festival benefits the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization – Tax ID #77-0402426).
The Monterey Beer Festival attracted 5,000 attendees in 2019 who enjoyed tasting an array of outstanding beer and food. In addition to many new beers to delight the senses and please your palate this year, the Monterey Beer Festival will feature live entertainment and a DJ, all in a totally fun, relaxed party atmosphere at the beautiful Monterey County Fair & Event Center.
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is located at 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940 (enter Gate 5), Phone: 831-372-5863, email: [email protected]. Information and tickets will be available at www.montereybeerfestival.com.
Suds and Food Sampling!
Taste the very best beer from around the globe from your very own souvenir Monterey Beer Festival tasting pilsner included in with admission. The festival will provide hundreds of beers to sample plus a variety of delicious food available to pair with your beer of choice. Find some new favorite beers! There will be lots of new local craft beer choices, too plus special festival surprises. Several food trucks with tasty offerings will be on site. More details will be coming soon!
Breweries that will be on site include:
Alvarado Street Brewery
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Ballast Point Brewing Co
California Seltzer Co
Central Coast Brewing
Dust Bowl Brewing Company
Farmers Brewing Company
Four Point Beer
High Water Brewing Company
Jiant Hard Kambucha
New Bohemia Brewing Company
Other Brother Beer Company
Peter B’s Brewery
Promised Land Brewing Company
Real Soda in a Bottle, Inc.
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Topa Topa Brewing Company
21 First Amendment
More breweries to come! (Subject to change.)
Great Live Entertainment
The entertainment on the Main Stage will feature a fun band (tba) for dancing plus Festival Emcee Fredo on the Radio.
Tickets – General Admission
All ticket holders will receive a Monterey Beer Festival souvenir beer pilsner glass.
Getting thirsty? Buy your tickets soon.
General Admission Presale Price (through July 29, 2022) is $60 or tickets are $65 at the gate. (Note: There will be no VIP tickets this year. Covid protocols at the time will be followed.)