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Event Preview | 2020 Brewbies Festival

Jadon Flores

Of all of the beer events that are out there today, only a handful are as important and meaningful and well as educational as Brewbies. Started just about 11 years ago by Melanie (Mel) Pierce, it was the idea to help the community become more educated about breast cancer and checking for early signs while you get to support research foundations fight against the big C. (while of course drinking some rad brews!)

Buy tickets here for Saturday!

This festival has grown an immense amount over the years and has Mel and her staff shocked and overjoyed of the outpouring of love and support. After talking with brewers, even getting a spot in this festival is up to a six month process because of the overflowing enthusiasm to be a part of it! In a previous interview I was able to do with Mel, she told me some of the aspects about this beer fest that make it unique.

“As a young woman, I wanted to be more involved in the Brewing Industry.” says Mel, “I was working at Pizza Port Carlsbad at the time, and we held several events a year that I would help out on. One night while we were in Denver for the GABF the idea sort of came to me. So I approached Jeff Bagby, my boss at the time, and pitched the idea that I wanted to do a beer festival, but with a twist – I wanted to do it as a way to get the community more involved and to raise money for a local non-profit, Keep A Breast. I got the approval from the powers that be, and boom! Brewbies was born.

“We donate 100% of the net proceeds to Keep A Breast. They are a breast cancer non profit that educates people about breast health and cancer prevention methods. As do-gooders, we love community and wanted to create an even larger impact, and we believe that people learn when they’re having fun. We’ve recently started incorporating other non-profits into the fest, by partnering with additional, local organizations, and creating incentive programs.”

Brewbies festival
Photo Credit: Brewbies

Overall, the festivals are huge hits and like Mel said, has even been sold out before due to the support of the community! They are constantly planning the events and have been able to raise over $540,000 to the Keep a Breast Foundation since 2010. The main goal is to continue raising awareness for breast cancer and to inform the community on ways to ensure they check themselves regularly.

“I always tell people about the ‘Check Yourself’ App. It seems like everyone these days has a smartphone, and the app is free, it’s in 7 languages and it shows you how to do a self-check, as well as, sends you a monthly reminder to do so! Prevention in the palm of your hand!”

Brews this year to be poured will feature all the breweries below!

  • 6th & La Brea
  • AleSmith Brewing Company
  • Alpine Beer Company
  • Angel City Brewery
  • Artifex Brewing Company
  • Arts District Brewing Co.
  • Automatic Beer Co
  • Bagby Beer
  • Beachwood Brewing & Blending
  • Boneyard Beer
  • Boochcraft
  • Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
  • Breakwater Brewing Company
  • Brouwerij West
  • Burgeon Beer Company
  • Burnin Daylight Brewing Co
  • Champion Brewing Company
  • Chapman Crafted
  • Culture Brewing Co
  • Eagle Rock Brewery
  • El Segundo Brewing Co.
  • Faction Brewing
  • Fall Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Flying Embers
  • GameCraft Brewing
  • Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Harland Brewing
  • Hollister Brewing Company
  • Ketch Brewing
  • Latchkey Brewing
  • Mammoth Brewing Company
  • Mother Earth Brewery
  • North Park Beer Co.
  • Northern Pine Brewing
  • Oakland United Beerworks
  • Owl Farm Unique Fermentations
  • Pizza Port Brewing Co.
  • Russian River Brewing Company
  • Second Chance Beer Company
  • Setting Sun Sake Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Smog City Brewing
  • Societe Brewing Company
  • Stone Brewing
  • Thorn Brewing
  • Three Weavers Brewing Company
  • Topa Topa Brewing Company
  • Whitcraft Winery
  • Wild Barrel Brewing

And don’t forget to get your glitter beard and pink hair from this event either!

We hope to see as many of you as possible out there for this event!

To buy tickets for THIS SATURDAY, February 8th at Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside, click here! Information on sponsoring them in upcoming events is available here.

Don’t want to wait in line? Brewbies is partnering with the local heroes at Punk Rock Food Drive! Bring three canned/shelf-stable items, or a $10 donation, and get early access to the fest! Not registered to vote yet? Not to worry – Headcount will be onsite to take care of you. Want to do more? There will also be arguably the world’s greatest raffle on site – so bring your cash and get ready to win incredible prizes from our amazing partners, like Electra Bicycle Company, El Gato Charters, Ernie Ball, Obey and Schecter Guitars!

Photo Credit: Brewbies

Feature Image Photo Credit: Brewbies. 

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