Orange County-based Brew Ha Ha Productions’ annual Brew Hee Haw returned to the Motion Sports activities Enviornment on the OC Honest & Occasion Heart in Costa Mesa on Friday, July 14.
The craft beer-focused occasion launched its first tasting session at 6 p.m. on Friday in the course of the OC Honest’s opening day. It was a scorching, sweaty afternoon within the unforgiving solar, however as soon as it dipped behind the stage that was arrange for a efficiency by cowl band Saved by the 90s, there was some aid — and fortunately plenty of chilly beer for tasting.
Whereas there have been loads of hazy and common IPAs, lagers and blondes provided, there have been additionally various bubbly laborious seltzers, crisp kombuchas and a few candy meads and ciders.
A transparent fan-favorite was the Baja Blasted seltzer from Vista-based brewery WestBrew. Its vibrant blue coloring stood out within the little Brew Hee Haw-branded tasting cups and each time people would stroll round with a pattern they have been stopped and requested, “Dude, what’s that?” It was a refreshing shot of liquid paying homage to Mountain Dew’s Baja Blast soda, however much less sugary candy and with 5 % ABV. A number of patrons went again for second or third tastings and even the boldest of beer drinkers needed to admit it was tasty, particularly on a scorching summer season day on the honest.
“Canine, I do know seltzer isn’t your factor, however this good,” one visitor informed one other as he influenced his pal to provide it a attempt. He preferred it and went again for extra. Oh, and all of us realized later that this little drink made all of our tongues blue, so we knew who had been tasting it as we chatted with others on the occasion.
Costa Mesa’s Brewing Reserve was serving the actually delish OC Tropical, a light-weight Hawaiian Ale that was flavored fantastically and positively obtained a second style. Once more, the coloring on this one, a fairly pink shade that didn’t stain our mouths.
Comic George Lopez, who’s scheduled to look at Brew Hee Haw over the weekend, had his beer on faucet. In partnership with The Brews Corridor, which has places in Torrance and Hermosa Seaside, Lopez’s brewery had a light-weight Mexican Lager on faucet and a Mango Hazy IPA bursting with candy, hoppy and citrus taste.
Different standouts included San Diego’s Harland Brewing’s Japanese Lager. This one is available in a whole lot of main retailers, nevertheless it’s so refreshing. Anaheim’s Brewheim served an addicting Blueberry Lager and San Diego’s Fall Brewing Firm was not solely handing out the best, punk rock-themed stickers on the occasion, however its Can I Scream? IPA was positively value a second style.
Additionally, Monster Vitality now has canned laborious seltzers that style similar to the vitality drink, sans the caffeine, however with 6 % AVB. Representatives have been pouring the Imply Inexperienced unique taste, Good Peach and White Haze, straight from the can.
The occasion additionally had stay music courtesy of a brilliant enjoyable ’90s cowl band that performed acquainted rock, punk, pop, ska and R&B tunes from that period. The band offered a enjoyable soundtrack to the beer sampling and several other followers dressed the half, too. They confirmed up with ’90s artists on their T-shirts, neon glasses and glowstick bracelets. There was additionally a whole lot of wonderful folks watching as friends let all of it hang around whereas dancing in entrance of the band and singing alongside to each phrase of Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper,” No Doubt’s “Only a Woman,” Spice Women’ “Wannabe” and TLC’s “No Scrubs.”
Whereas there have been snacks accessible contained in the Motion Sports activities Enviornment to associate with the beer sampling, friends have been permitted to exit and reenter into the OC Honest in the course of the tasting to seize some honest meals to take in the alcohol. There have been loads of choices close by, too, together with elote in a cup with Flaming Sizzling Cheeto mud, Tasti Chips with parmesan cheese and we went full honest food-wild and blended a maple bacon donut with a caramel sundae with vanilla ice cream from the stands positioned straight in entrance of The Hangar. It could have value $25, nevertheless it was in all probability the perfect sweet-savory dessert we’ve ever tasted.
Brew Hee Haw’s tasting classes proceed on Saturday, July 15 with a session from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. that includes nation cowl band Redneck Rodeo and from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. with ’80s cowl band The Flashbax.
The OC Honest continues Wednesdays-Sundays by means of Aug. 13. For extra data and how one can get tickets to the OC Honest, go to ocfair.com.
Brew Hee Haw
When: Friday, July 14
The place: OC Honest & Occasion Heart, Costa Mesa