The official beer of the California Avocado Festival called “Avo Ale” is in the final stages of production and will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.
Rincon Brewery, from Carpinteria, plans to have nearly 1,000 gallons of beer ready for the event October 5-7 on Linden Avenue.
It’s the 32nd year for the festival that draws about 80,000 visitors.
The beer will be sold by the cup at three sites within the festival footprint. It will also be sold at the brewery located at 5065 Carpinteria Avenue by the pint glass and in collector bottles. No bottles will be sold in the festival area.
The bottles will have labels that match this year’s poster. A special kick-off event will be announced to give those attending the first taste.
Brewer Chas Cloud says he modified the amber ale recipe to use the flavor of toasted avocado pits, to go with select German malts.
Co-owner Shaun Crowley says the beer is perfect for the early October weather in Carpinteria which is usually in the upper 70’s in the festival zone a few blocks from the “World’s Safest Beach.”
The festival features over 80 bands on four stages, an exhibit tent featuring the history of avocados, numerous arts and craft vendors, and many avocado-based dishes for sale.
This year, the Honorary Chairs are Ed and Nadia Van Wingerden. A kickoff celebration is set for the seal fountain at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5th.
A designated section of the festival is open for drinking instead of a beer garden.