American Craft Beer Craft Week 2016, May 16-22!
It’s that time of year when craft breweries big and small embrace one week of frivolity and festivities of all things beer related. Island Brewing Company will join thousands of breweries across the US in celebrating the culture and community of craft beer. This year’s lineup at promises to be an engaging one, from a new specialty beer release everyday, tournaments to live music. In short, we’ve got a week ahead that will be one to remember. Here’s what’s on tap:
Monday, May 16: Crafting with Craft Beer: We break out the sparkles, glue, scissors, sharpies, and get crafty decorating pint glasses, making one of a kind coasters and more. You’ll be accessing your inner preschooler with a craft beer in your hand. Sounds fun, because it is. This is a kid friendly event, so come get your shellac and glitter on! Belgian beer lovers will rejoice as we tap a keg of our Belgian Quad.
Tuesday, May 17: Beer Trivia and Live Music: Test your knowledge, or lack thereof in our annual American Craft Beer Week beer trivia contest. There’s a lot to know about beer, and what better way to learn about beer, than to have a beer while you’re learning about it. We’ll also have Carpinteria’s own Dry and Dusty serving up the Old Time music. The Belgian theme continues as we tap a keg of Belgian IPA.
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Annual Rock Paper Scissors Tournament: You already know the rules, now it’s time to apply your knowledge, reflexes and inner inscrutable force of will. This is nothing short of a hilarious, high stakes event. Hopefully you have been training for it. We’ll work through two brackets of 16 to find who will be crowned the RPS Champion for 2016. Hope you like Bourbon Barrel Aged Jubilee, because we’ll tap a keg of that deliciousness.
Thursday, May 19: Brewer’s Appreciation Night: Meet and greet the guys in the back who make it possible, our brewers. We love these guys, and have the feeling you do too. This is a great time to say ‘Thanks’ for the bottling, keg cleaning, brewing, filtering, scheduling, lifting, and on and on. We’ll also debut our first ever Open Mic Night. So that will be a great excuse for you to show the world your hidden talents. We are looking forward to that. We break out the cask engine and start pulling pints of the first sneak peak of our Anniversary Ale.
Friday, May 20: VIP Tastings We raid the barchives and open up some super select Bourbon Barrel Aged beers from yesteryear and beyond. Your palate is about to find another dimension, space is limited, so sign up early. Friday’s featured beer is the one and only almighty Russian Imperial Stout, RISistance.
Saturday, May 21: Beerapalooza: Fresh, local beer meets fresh, local, live music for a day of fun with friends new and old. We’ll have four bands, including the Ben Wilmore Quartete and Carpinteria's own Skamakazie.
How to top Friday’s beer selection? Well, it won’t be easy. But a keg of Bourbon Barrel Aged RISistance just might do the trick.
Sunday, May 22: Beer Bingo: Sit back, relax, and let the chips fall where they may. There’s nothing quite like drinking a beer and winning a prize. Live music with Rick Reeves will put the finishing touches on what is sure to be a great week. That rare animal the Belgian Quad will make a final appearance.
So come one and all, you will be glad you did!