Simmering Seas, Sunshine & Suds: Summer Events From OC to SD

4th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup


Drop into the OC Fair to sample local suds and indulge on nostalgic fair eats at the 4th Annual Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup this weekend. This 1st Place awarded festival (Western Fairs Association’s Annual Convention for Best Event Within an Event (Beerception?) for 2016) returns July 15 and 16, 2017. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited tastes of more than 80 craft beers . With a wide selection of styles ranging from Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens and many more, there’s no shortage of novelties to try. Located next to the scenic and spacious Pacific Amphitheater, craft beer enthusiasts and newcomers alike can cool down, kick back, and take a slower stride than the typical fair allows.

The successful collaboration between Brew Ha Ha Productions and the OC Fair & Event Center offers a first-class beer tasting experience annually on the opening weekend of the OC Fair. The unique craft beer event allows guests to enjoy all the fun the OC Fair has to offer (and plenty of deep-fried fair food too!) while experiencing the great music, fun games, dancing, and unlimited tastings from some of the top breweries in the country. Tickets are available now at For full relaxation and enjoyment, I’d recommend a ride share or a designated driver – not only does it free you up from having to worry about parking, but you also get to fully partake in the beer festivities!

Tickets include free OC Fair admission – so even attendees who come for the beer can stay for the Fair (or the other way around)!  The OC Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday, July 14-August 13, 2017. Tickets are available for purchase at or from the on-site Box Office (limited hours.)

BeerX – Beer. Music. Grub

If you’re thinking of planning your next summer road trip down to sunny San Diego, you might want to bear in mind BeerX 2017. What is BeerX? We’ll get to that. When is BeerX? Saturday, August 12. Where is BeerX? San Diego, California’s scenic Waterfront Park.

So back to our question at hand, what is BeerX? Well, it’s a lot of things. It’s a festival. Not only a festival that provides great ocean views, but also one that features top reggae, roots and alternative music artists with headliners Iration, as well as J Boog, Magic!,Chicano Batman, and San Diego’s own Trouble In The Wind and Splavender.  Oh, and BeerX will offer complimentary craft beer tastings – with an extensive craft beer lineup highlighting some of San Diego and Southern California’s top breweries, and local food selections.

Tickets for 91X Presents BeerX go on sale Friday, June 16 at 10:00 AM PT at, with a special 91X presale beginning Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 AM PT. See below for details.


Produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment(SGE) and Orange County, California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions, the festival will feature over 120 craft beers, along with a full day of music.

The initial list of breweries includes: Alesmith, Artifex, Beachwood Brewing, Green Flash, Karl Strauss, Lost Abbey, Mikkeller San Diego, Modern Times, Monkey Paw,Noble Ale Works, Stone Brewing, and Track 7 Brewing, with many more to be announced.

Cameron Collins, Co-Founder & Director of Events at Brew Ha Ha Productions says, “BeerX is the perfect summer pairing! Some of the best breweries from San Diego, Southern California and beyond, epic reggae artists and tasty grub all set on the beautiful San Diego coastline. I live for this stuff! I can confidently say this will be the BEST BeerXever!”

Fermented Pairings Series Vol. 19: Primal Cut


A San Diego-based butcher, The Heart and Trotter is joining forces with White Labs for an educational beer and food pairing event focused on butchery and fermentation. Attendees will learn a general overview on butchery, similarities between smoking, curing and fermentation, and how each meat-preparing technique has its own unique influence on the overall process.

White Labs Education & Engagement Curator Erik Fowler will be co-leading the educational discussion with Trey Nichols, co-founder of San Diego’s only sustainable butcher shop. This hour-and-a-half event will explore the history behind certain cuts of meat, how our culture has influenced meat consumption and the differences in preservation methods.

The Heart and Trotter utilizes every cut of the animal through a variety of its product, ranging from bone broths to raw dog food. Their house made deli meats, which will be served at this event, are expected to be a delicious stand out among the four small plates paired with five White Labs beers. This course is the perfect dream for any meat lover!

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The Balvenie Distillery Dinner At Five Crowns 


WHAT: Five Crowns is pleased to present The Balvenie Distillery Dinner on Thursday, July 27 from 7-10 p.m.The evening will showcase The Balvenie Distillery’s award-winning single malt whiskies paired with a special 5-course dinner. A Master Ambassador of The Balvenie Distillery will host the evening and guide guests through his favorite pours.



Monkey Shoulder cocktail

1st Course
Canapé salmon gravlax, salt & vinegar chips, fava bean relish
The Balvenie Doublewood 12, aged 12 years

2nd Course
Bone Marrow stone fruit mostarda, toast
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14, aged 14 years

3rd Course
Scallop Crudo flowering coriander, pickled chilies, green garlic vinaigrette
The Balvenie Doublewood 17, aged 17 years

4th Course
Lamb Sirloin roasted baby squash, madras curry, crispy root vegetables
The Balvenie Port-wood, aged 21 years

Fig and Blu d’Averge Gallete smoked salt

-Menu is subject to change-

TIME: Thursday, July 27, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: Five Crowns, 3801 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

PRICE: $150 per person, taxes and gratuity included

TICKETS: To purchase tickets, please visit

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