Frequently Asked Questions
What is CA Craft Beer Week?
Historically, beer weeks have been a collection of days (usually ten, spanning two weekends) when members of a community hold tasting events, food pairings, festivals, and other activities in celebration of local independent craft beer and breweries.
To rekindle community and the conviviality absent for so long from our lives, regional and state brewers guilds of California have collaborated again to bring back CA Craft Beer Week, this time in July, but still with the same objective of supporting local businesses and breweries.
What exactly is happening?
CA Craft Beer Week will be collaborating with participating breweries, craft beer bars, restaurants, bottle shops, etc. to aggregate information and promote events and activities at their locations happening throughout the state during this ten-day span.
Look for all types of events: release parties, collaborations, pairings, educational programming, live music, comedy, fun and games, fitness and more.
Essentially, we'll be compiling and highlighting all the great activities breweries and craft-friendly venues in your back yard may be holding as we raise a glass to California's independent craft beer industry.
When is it happening?
July 15-24 are the key dates, though truth be told, we'll be celebrating all month :) This site will stay focused on showcasing happenings at taprooms and other venues on those days, though, and you can look for initial listings to go live mid June, with more added every day, so you can start to plan early.
If you're a lover of exploring, sampling and socializing, there'll probably be something happening during CA Craft Beer Week for you, including family fun, fitness, live shows and other events that don't require any beer consumption to partake.
Who are you and why are you doing this?
CA Craft Beer Week is organized by regional guilds and the state brewers association:
- California Craft Brewers Association
- Bay Area Brewers Guild
- San Diego Brewers Guild
- Los Angeles County Brewers Guild
- Orange County Brewers Guild
- Sacramento Area Brewers Guild
- Central Coast Brewers Guild
- Inland Empire Brewers Guild
As trade associations representing independent craft breweries, we're working together on CA Craft Beer Week to remind people of the amazing small businesses in their backyards, and the amazing contributions they make, creating jobs, keeping money within our communities, and playing their part to help revitalize local neighborhoods.
What does it cost?
Each event or activity listed within CCBW is distinct. Any fee to attend an event or participate is determined by the party who submitted the listing. Many activities are 'Pay as You Go,' meaning free to attend, but you pay for any beer and/or food you consume. Other activities may require an admission fee, advanced reservation, or a ticket purchase. Still other events may offer free food samples or discounts.
Where do I get tickets for events?
If a venue or event host requires advance ticket purchase or reservations, instructions and/or a link to purchase should be included within the listing.
What if I have questions about an event?
Every listing will include a link to the party responsible for the listing (e.g. the venue or a host who organized/produced the event); it is that party you should contact with questions.
Are children or dogs allowed at CA Craft Beer Week events?
Policies of the individual venues apply. Please contact the venue and/or host directly using the venue link on the listing page.
I want to participate and submit a Listing. What do I do?
A listed can be purchased ($25) by the licensed party responsible for the sale and/or hosting the activity, typically a pub, restaurant, or other venue, or a brewery when an event is happening in its tasting room. Hosts must be licensed to serve alcohol on their premises, or be a nonprofit that has obtained a temporary license (e.g. special event permit) from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to serve alcohol at its events on rented premises. For more information, visit the HOST section and review the Listing Guidelines. Note: The deadline to submit a Listing for publication is July 13.