2014 Festival News

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Shaun Smith, the co-founder of Institution Ale Company in Camarillo, said he and his colleagues enjoy rubbing elbows with other beer lovers in Ventura County—especially when it’s for a good cause.

Holding Drink 2013“We’re a local community brewery,” Smith said. “Participating in festivals is a way for us to get exposure while supporting nonprofit organizations.”

That’s why, Smith said, Institution Ale will serve at least two types of beer—free of charge—at the fifth annual Moorpark Beer Festival at Moorpark College.

The community fundraiser, sponsored by the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club, will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 11 on the college’s athletic fields.

All proceeds will benefit the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports local schools and community organizations.

Last year, the foundation donated about $20,000 in festival profits to 20 community organizations and schools.

“This year will be the best Moorpark Beer Festival yet,” said Dylan Gunning, the festival’s chair. “There is a beer at (the festival) for every beer drinker to discover and enjoy.”

The fundraiser, which was originally held on High Street, will feature at least 17 local and regional breweries, including Angel City Brewery, Wolf Creek Brewing Company and Moorpark’s own Enegren Brewing Company.

Joe Nascenzi, the brew chief at Enegren, said he looks forward to sharing a unique selection of beers with the community.

2013 photoOne of those beers, he said, will be the Foliage Pale Ale.

Named for its rich shade of amber, Foliage Pale Ale is especially popular among patrons of the company’s tasting room on Flinn Avenue.

“It has a good amount of malt and hops,” Nascenzi said. “People really seem to enjoy it.”

Gunning said this year guests at the festival will have more space to stretch their legs.

The event’s enclosure will be close to 150,000 square feet— much larger than last year.

“The amount of open space and the length of lines for vendors at the Moorpark Beer Festival is a frequent concern that we work to alleviate,” Gunning said. “Adding more space to roam and inviting more vendors are deliberate efforts to improve the experience for festival guests.”

Live music will play as guests visit the festival’s booths.

Midnight Train All Stars, R Buckle Road, Crooked Eye Tommy and DJ Apple Juice will perform.

Food vendors from throughout Ventura County will also be at the festival.

“It’s an amazing community event that raises money for local nonprofits,” said Daniel Groff, the Rotary Club’s president. “It’s a fun and festive evening with music, food and great tasting beer.”

Smith, 26, said he’s looking forward to it.

The Camarillo native said he and his colleagues will transport the beer from their headquarters on Calle San Pablo to serve on tap.

“All of the beer is donated,” he said. “We like to explain our beer to the people who haven’t heard of us.”

Pre-sale tickets from www.MoorparkBeerFestival.com, are offered at a 20 percent discount before Oct. 4.

VIP tickets are $80, general admission tickets are $40 and designated-driver tickets are $20.

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