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The legendary California Beer Festival returns to for it’s ninth big year, once again spread out over three big days, during County Week, at Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd., Friday, September 16; Saturday, September 17; and Sunday, September 18. Info: (805) 628-9588 or visit

  Tickets priced as follows: Friday’s Food & Pairing Competition, $60; Saturday VIP Early Bird Experience to Craft Heaven, $75; Saturday General Admission to Craft Heaven, $50; Saturday Designated Driver Craft Heaven, $25; Sunday VIP Boots And Brews Front Row & Lounge, $50; Sunday Boots And Brews Country Music , $25. Purchase tickets here:

   In keeping with the yearly tradition, a portion of Friday’s proceeds benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation, an organization that provides financial support to student-athletes to assist in their pursuit of both scholastic and athletic success in County. A portion of Saturday’s and Sunday’s proceeds benefit the Downtown Ventura Organization to foster a vibrant commercial and cultural district.

Friday Sept.15: Food & Pairing (5:30 PM-8:30 PM) At City Hall

Start your weekend off at our Food & Beer Pairing Competition ($60). Taking place Friday, September 15 at City Hall overlooking Downtown . Five Brew-masters are paired up with Five Gourmet Local Chefs, competing for your palate and vote for “Best Food & Beer Pairing.” This VIP event includes food samples, beer, live music and (1) CBF souvenir pint glass. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.                  

                                            Food & Beer Pairings                   

      Winchesters             Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

      Jimmy Slice              Concrete Jungle Brewing

  Wayfaring Chef        Ventura County Brewing Co,

    Platted Events          Red Tandem Brewing

    Limon y Sal              Firestone Brewing

      Fluid State               Casa Agria Ale House

       Rumfish                   Madewest Brewing

Saturday Sept. 16: VIP Early Bird Experience To Craft Beer Heaven

                                       (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

 This exclusive VIP Experience ($75; only three-hundred tickets sold) is ideal for the true hardcore Craft Beer fans. VIP Guests will enter one hour prior to the gates opening to the General Admission session. Take advantage of this great opportunity to taste Reserve or Signature Beers from participating breweries and meet the Brewers or Brewery representatives. VIP Tickets include: Early entry into (11:00 am), 3 ounce beer samples, Taco Bar from Discovery Ventura (11:30am-1:00pm only), one CBF souvenir pint glass, and one bottled water. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter CBF. All ticket sales are final, no refunds. Rain or shine event.

 Also Sat. Sept. 16: General Admission Craft Beer Heaven (12:30 PM-5PM)         

   Come experience Craft Beer Heaven ($50.) with beers on tap, food trucks and live music throughout the day. This is a chance to expand your mind and educate yourself on new and old styles of Craft Beer. Craft Beer Heaven ticket includes: one CBF souvenir tasting cup, three-ounce samples of Craft Beer, and live music. Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter Craft Beer Heaven. Sampling times are from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. All ticket sales final, no refunds. Rain or shine event. 

Two ways to experience the Boots & Brews Country Music : VIP Boots & Brews Front Row Corral and Lounge Pass ($50.) includes: Access to the VIP Front Row Corral (closest to the Stage, standing room only, no chairs allowed); access to VIP Lounge with a view of the stage; one souvenir glass; one 12 ounce beer; access to Margarita and Beer Bar (additional drinks available for purchase). Must be 21 years of age or older to enter the VIP Front Row Lounge.

 General Admission ticket to Boots & Brews Country Music Festival ($25.) gets you into this year’s amazing live music lineup featuring Ventura’s Highway Starr plus fast-rising country acts Russell Dickerson, Chris Lane and Michael Ray. No food or beer is included. All ticket sales are final, no refunds. Beer and food will be available for purchase. Children ten and under are free (Sunday only).

Live Entertainment Lineup for Beer Festival/

Boots & Brews Country Music Festival

Friday, Sept. 15: Ventura dance-rock favorites, The Bomb; and Victor Vega

Saturday, Sept. 16: Selena tribute by Adelaide; DJ Cue; and Yachtley Crew

Sunday, Sept. 17: Boots & Brews Country Music Festival with Highway Starr, Russell Dickerson, Chris Lane, and Michael

Beer Festival Media Credentials Available On Request. 

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