Last Friday, I drove to Paso Robles to photograph a festival.
I drove north via California’s Central Valley to save some driving time.
California’s extreme drought was very evident everywhere I looked.
California Drought – brown everywhere!
Specifically, I was in Paso Robles to shoot the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival which was held on Saturday, May 30th.
Feel The Burn?
Around three thousand people attended the event.
I wasn’t expecting such a wide variety of beer-related tee shirts in the crowd.
I had fun photographing some of them.
Without Beer, Things Do Not Seem To Go As Well
For the price of admission (which was around $85.00), visitors could sample beers from breweries around the world.
Make Good Choices
I Drink Beer For a Living
Beer “tastings” were free once you paid admission.
(Tickets for the festival sold out in minutes – months ago.)
Upon entrance, attendees were given a beer tasting glass to carry with them and use for tastings.
As the day went on, more and more people dropped and broke their beer glass.
Firestone Beer Festival – Beer Tasting
Yes, that’s right … the beer was flowing and unlimited.
In addition, local restaurants had booths set up and were giving away free food.
It was a drinking, and eating, free-for-all.
I met beer vendors from Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, etc., etc.
Live music added to the festive atmosphere.
I admit, I’m not the biggest beer drinker in the world.
I was astounded by the large variety of beers represented at the festival.
I was told by beer vendors, and attendees, the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival is “the best beer festival anywhere in the world.”
I’ve never been to a beer festival before, so I can’t say if that’s true or not.
I can tell you,
If you’re a beer afficionado, you’re bound to have a fantastic time.