Spending an afternoon listening to live music and hanging out with your best friends is hard to beat, unless of course, you throw in enjoying a wide variety of unlimited local beers. In the next few months there are two different beer festivals that have recruited an enormous amount of domestic and international breweries for a perfect weekend activity. Both the Newport Beach and Orange County Beer Festivals have a great list of breweries that can’t wait to show off their latest brews. Don’t be shy to push your boundaries by drinking a darker beer or maybe a little sweeter beer than usual, festivals like these are meant to broaden your tastes and let you try beers you might not usually enjoy at your local bar. The Newport Beach Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, May 24th. The event will be taking place on the sandy beaches within Newport Bay, making it a perfect location to enjoy a large variety of amazing brews with all your friends. Just a few of the local Southern California breweries include Stone Brewery, out of Los Angeles and Oceanside, Modern Times Brewery out of San Diego, and Eagle Rock Brewery out of Los Angeles. The current list includes 13 different Southern California based breweries with a special selection in the VIP area, but we are expecting a larger list of breweries to be released soon. The event will offer live music including The Joshua Tree, Y Luv, a local Indie Rock band out of Los Angeles, and Santa Barbra based False Puppet. General Admission tickets are being sold for $35 or $40 at the door, and VIP tickets are $50 or $60 at the door. VIP guests are granted early access to the event starting at 6pm, as well as entry to the VIP lounge featuring limited release beers from Stone Brewing Co., and complimentary cocktails from Cocktail City Vegas. General Admission guests are invited to enter at 7 pm. The Newport Beach Beer Festival is being held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. For purchase of tickets or more information go to www.newportbeachbeerfest.com. Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa is conveniently located just 4.5 miles away from the Newport Beach Beer Festival. At our Costa Mesa location we have a shuttle that is available to transport guests back and forth to the event. Please make a reservation on our website at ayreshotels.com or call (714) 549-0300. We encourage all our guests staying with us and attending the event to take advantage of this amenity and drink responsibly. At the 6th Annual Orange County Beer Festival there will be a wide selection of 51 different domestic and international breweries that will satisfy the taste buds of any attendee. It will take place on June 7th from 2 – 6 pm at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806. Just a few of the 51 breweries include Grand Teton Brewing Company out of Jacksonhole, Wyoming, The Dudes’ Brewing Company out of Los Angeles California, and Bootlegger’s Brewery out of Fullerton California. There will also be delicious food trucks available to fill your stomach up in between tastings. The Orange County Beer Festival proceeds from the event will go towards rescuing dogs from shelters and finding permanent homes for the animals, as well as funding for food, shelter, and veterinary bills. It is a 21 and over event, which sells two different types of tickets, VIP and General Admission. VIP tickets come out to be about $55.00 and GA is $45.00. The doors open at 2 pm for VIP guests and 3 pm for General Admission. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit orangecountybeerfest.com. Ayres Hotel Anaheim is in a perfect location for the event. Just 1.5 miles away, it is a 4-minute drive or a quick walk along the Santa Ana River. It is a beautiful walk along the river and we encourage all guests of the festival to drink responsibly. Visit our website at ayreshotels.com to make a reservation or call (714) 634-2106 to talk to a representative that would be happy to help. So gather your group of friends and make a trip to one, or both, of these amazing beer festivals. These events are great ways to educate yourself about the process and tastes of different brews. With live entertainment, lots of food, and enough breweries to make head spin and stomach full, you don’t want to miss out.