First annual craft beer fest draws thirsty crowd

By Kara Vaporean

The Los Angeles Craft and Artisanal Beer Appreciation League
took over the Echoplex for the first-annual Craft Beer Fest LA on
Saturday.

Starting off American Craft Beer Week, May 11-17, the Los
Angeles festivities began two days early.

Beer connoisseurs arrived at the Echoplex on Saturday afternoon
to enjoy refreshing cold beer from 15 California breweries. Two
hand crafted beers were offered from each brewer including one of
Los Angeles’s favorites, Craftsman.

The Echoplex sold out at 500 max capacity but many still waited
patiently in line. After two hours people were ready to drink and
eat, but the lines inside prolonged the thirst.

The $30 admission included 15 drink tickets and a souvenir
glass. Tastings were three ounces, leaving beer drinkers refilling
their glass every few minutes.

Various bar food was offered as well, from nuts and fresh cheese
to burritos and chips and salsa.

Vegan snacks were offered by Pure Luck along with ale cupcakes
and stout ice cream presented by Scoops.

For those that only wanted to drink a little, organic coffee was
offered from local roaster Cafecita Organica.

The festivities were accompanied by old-time music acts Sausage
Grinder and Triple Chicken Foot.

Brewers were available to discuss their craftsmanship and CABAL
members along with Hot Knives representative Alex Brown and George
gave a presentation on the do’s and don’ts of beer and cheese
pairings.

For those that were eager to keep drinking after the
festivities, the Echoplex remained opened selling its usual
offerings.

For next year the event needs to be outdoors, but besides that
the affordable price will make beer lovers coming back for more
next year.

First annual craft beer fest draws thirsty crowd

First annual craft beer fest draws thirsty crowd

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