7 Breweries Scheduled Compete — Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival’s “Best in Fest” Brew Competition on Sunday, April 30th

On Sunday, April 30th, the 2017 “Best in Fest” Brewery Competition of the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival (scheduled for Sunday, June 4th) will take place at The Lab Brewing Co., inside the Twisted Oak Tavern in Agoura Hills (not open to the public). Curtis Taylor of HopHeadSaid.com and JC Lombardo have coordinated the competition, once again, which will include local craft breweries who will each provide samples of their finest brew to be blind judged by five brew experts – Erin Peters, columnist and beer blogger, also known as  “The Beer Goddess;” Lisa “Monie” Wickenden, beer specialist for the Wine Warehouse; Jorge Alem, owner of Ojai Beverage Company; Jason Hendricks, General Manager of Barrelhouse 101; and Kevin Pratt, who is a Certified Cicerone®, and head brewer at the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. Kevin is the second highest ranked BJCP judge in the United States.

Participants scheduled so far to compete in the 2017 Wine, Food & Brew Festival “Best in Fest” brew competition include:  Enegren Brewing Company, Institution Ale Company, Five Threads Brewing Company, MadeWest Brewing Company, The Lab Brewing Company, Ladyface Ale Companie, and M.Special Brew Co.  Entries from the brew masters will be judged on style, aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression. The judges will award a “Best in Fest” winner, who will be presented their first place prize during the Wine, Food & Brew Festival on June 4th, along with two Honorable Mentions. The winning brew will also be paired with a dinner course at the behind-the-scenes 4th annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner, a $200 per person event, taking place two nights prior to the Festival on June 2nd.

If you are interested in covering this exciting preview event of the Wine, Food & Brew Festival, please contact Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, or email her at [email protected].

The Wine, Food & Brew Festival itself will take place on Sunday, June 4th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at California State University Channel Islands and will feature more than 75 restaurants and 150 wines, brews, and beverages. Live entertainment, an extensive silent auction, and the Yummie culinary competition will round out the exciting events of the day. Tickets are on sale – $125 General Admission through April 30th, then $150 thereafter (until sold out, or $175 at the door if tickets still available) and $250 for VIP tickets (which are not available day-of at the door). To purchase tickets visit the Festival website at www.cpwinefoodbrewfest.com.  In addition, the Festival is still welcoming exhibitors and sponsors, so it’s not too late to sign up and connect your name or business with this “Can’t Miss” event. Take advantage of some great sponsorship opportunities! For exhibitor or sponsorship information, contact Casa Pacifica Event Coordinator, Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, [email protected] or visit the Festival exhibitor and sponsor pages at www.cpwinefoodbrewfest.com.

Casa Pacifica encourages all Festival-goers to participate responsibly. Roundtrip reservations are available thru the Roadrunner Safe Ride Program by calling (805) 389-8196, or visiting http://www.rrshuttle.com/casapacificawinefestival.


About Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica or to learn about its “Building New Foundations of Hope” Capital Campaign that is underway, please visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

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