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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2nd Annual OC BREW HA HA Festival to Feature 150+ Craft Beers, 60+ Breweries-Saturday, September 10, 2011

Festival Fundraiser to Support Orange County Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund

The Orange County community will be given the opportunity to honor fallen firefighters during a unique celebration, the 2nd annual OC Brew Ha Ha festival fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. at Hidden Valley Park in Irvine. On Saturday, September 10th, attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 150 custom craft and imported beers from more than 60 prestigious breweries! Voted “Southern California’s BEST Beer Festival” in its inaugural year by the OC Beer Society, the event also features a variety of notable food trucks, live entertainment and exclusive beer seminars. In addition, off-duty firefighters will be pouring and serving up brews to the public throughout the event.

This 9/11 tribute event will serve as a way to observe and show appreciation for local firefighters as a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that aids families of Orange County firefighters lost in the line of duty.

All tickets, restricted to those 21 years and older, include a commemorative glass, beer appreciation seminars, 10 four-oz. samplings, free water/soft drinks, and free parking. Additional samplings may be purchased at the event. General Admission is $40 per adult and $55 for VIP, offering early admission (11 a.m. entry), four extra tastes, and VIP exclusive seminars by renowned experts with rare beer tastes. A $10 Designated Driver ticket is available for those who will not be sampling brews (must accompany paid entry and no admission to seminars). For more details or to purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 363-1774.

“Now in our second year, the OC Brew Ha Ha has established itself as a premiere beer festival and gained attention for being a unique fundraising event. We are grateful to our many breweries and other sponsors for their support,” commented Carrie James, event producer for the OC Brew Ha Ha fundraiser and retired Lieutenant Commander from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. “Our goal is to celebrate the contributions of the many brave men and women who wear uniforms to serve and protect, while having a great time enjoying quality beers at what has now become an annual craft beer festival in Orange County.”

Festival attendees will be able to gain knowledge from Beer Appreciation Presentations led by renowned beer experts. In the beer industry, this is the equivalent of a wine Sommelier, and the OC Brew Ha Ha will feature some of the most respected authorities on beer in the nation together at one event: Ed Heethuis (Celebrator Beer News), discussing Sensory Analysis of Beer; Jonathan Porter (Tustin Brewing), on The Journey from Homebrew to Going Pro and Dr. Bill Sysak (Stone Brewing), revealing the Secrets of Exceptional Food & Beer Pairing. In addition, VIP guests will have the opportunity to sample rare beer, personally selected by Beer Cicerone, Dr. Bill from Stone Brewing.

The OC Brew Ha Ha will be held at Hidden Valley Park (8800 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618), one of the premier private-event facilities in Southern California. It is centrally located in Irvine, between the Verizon Amphitheater and Wild Rivers, where the 5 and 405 come together. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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