Firestone Walker Beer Festival

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.

Beer Tshirt 3  © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

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.

Beer Tshirt 1  © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty

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.

Beer Tshirt 4  © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Make Good Choices

Beer Tshirt 2  © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty

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.

Beer Fest Band  © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Live Music

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.

2 Responses to “Firestone Walker Beer Festival”

  1. Mj

    Those brown hills make me so sad! In the winter month’s when California gets ‘some’ although very little rain, the hills on Highway 46 which connects Highway 101 and Highway 1 has some of the most beautiful green hills I’ve ever seen. I just stand there in awe at how beautiful it all is with the rolling green hills and the ocean off in the distance. In the summer though, I try to stay away from Highway 46 because of those sad brown hills.

    • Suzanne

      Yep – you’re right.
      The brown hill photo in this post was taken in the Central Valley off of the 5.
      But, it was brown the entire drive …!


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