2013 Festival News

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VC Star ArticleSeveral thousand people came out to Moorpark College on Saturday to sample beers from more than 35 breweries during the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club’s fourth annual beer-tasting festival.

Mayor Janice Parvin did the ceremonial tap of the keg to start the night’s festivities, which included plenty of beer and other spirits, as well as food to accompany the drinks, at the 21-and-older event.

Jim Raulin, the Morning Rotary Club’s president, said many early tickets were sold and almost 3,000 people were already at the event by early evening. The Moorpark Morning Rotary Foundation gave more than $25,000 in festival profits last year to 20 local schools and nonprofits.

This was the first year for the popular event to be held at Moorpark College to accommodate a larger crowd. It previously was held on High Street.

One of the longest lines at the event was at the booth for Enegren Brewing Co., touted as the first brewery in Moorpark.

Enegren’s orange wheat beer sold out in an hour. It is made using local oranges from Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark.

Home Brew Express in Simi Valley had a booth to give information to those interested in making beer at home or joining the Brew Club of Simi Valley.

Carol Mosher, of Moorpark, sampled Firestone Walker’s 805 beer with her friend Tessa Zeller, also from Moorpark.

“I’ve been to the beer festival every year,” Mosher said. “It’s always fun, with lots of good beer and food.”

Cindy and Lorand Panczel, of Simi Valley, sampled Mike’s Hard Strawberry Lemonade as well as beer from Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Thomas Gullo, owner of Custom Melt in Moorpark, served slow-roasted barbecue pork sandwiches along with Kahlua chocolate ganache and beer bread pudding.

Beth and Greg Daniels, of Camarillo, joined by friends Markus Henning and Claire Lieberum, both from Ventura, sampled Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale and Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale.

One of Greg Daniels’ favorite beers of the night was a pale ale from Sundowner Brewery of Westlake Village.

“It’s really nice seeing and tasting the beer from all the local … breweries here today,” he said.

The friends kept a tally of all their beer samples and made it a point to arrange a designated driver to pick them up from the event.

Event organizers said there were free local shuttles and also paid taxis to make sure the festival was fun but safe.

Starbucks served coffee, and there were also plenty of nonalcoholic beverages and food choices. Participants were entertained by DJ Apple Juice and bands including Sonic Abatement, Ska Daddyz, and Mikey Mo Blues.

“People also came here to have a good time, probably not realizing that money raised will be going to help local charities,” Raulin said. “Our motto from when we first start organizing this event has always been, ‘Saving the world one beer at a time.’ ”

Read This Article at the Ventura County Star