Monday, May 20, 2013

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival May 31-June 2

 Talk about barrels of fun - the 2013 Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is adding a selection of local Microbreweries and Craft Beers from Anheuser Busch to the taste choices for their 30th Anniversary, May 31st through June 2.

Catching on the wave that's pushed through the valley, Festival organizers announced that local breweries Wiens Brewery, Black Market, Iron Fire, Brew -Ligion, Aftershock Brewing and Refuge, will be sampling and pouring  glasses of their beers at this year's event.

Anheuser Busch will be showcasing their craft beers in the beer tasting area of the wine gardens as well as at the Food and Beer pairing demonstrations on Saturday.  The Food and Beer pairing event held Saturday will feature more of craft beers and is more of a "cooking" with beer than just pairing the right foods.

Shrimp with Stella Artois Ale sauce, Beck's Sapphire Beer Pound Cake, a Goose Island IPA Bacon Cheeseburger Slider, or Hoegarden Fried Chicken with Hoegarden Beer   are just a few of the recipes that the chefs from and The American Culinary Federation – Riverside Chapter will share with guests at the Food and Beer pairing table. There are two seatings for the food and beer pairing event; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $73 and includes Saturday general admission.  Craft Beer Tastings will include Shock Top Honey Apple and selection of Goose Island Beers.

What's the difference between a Craft Brewer and a Microbrewer?

According to the Brewers Association growth of the craft brewing industry in 2012 was 15% by volume and 17% by dollars and craft brewers sold an estimated 13,235,917 barrels of beer. A craft brewer is known for innovation.  By definition, craft brewers produce  six  million barrels of beer or less.  A barrel is 31 gallons of beer. Craft Brewers also have either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

A Micro-brewery is defined as producing less than 15,000 barrels annually with 75% of sales being offsite and is also known for their innovative style. There are no strict guidelines set on the techniques or ingredients a micro-brewery uses to produce their beer.

        Beer tasting will be held in the wine garden venue and some of the craft brews will be available at main stage by the glass. Tasting is held in the wine garden area, Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is $4 for a four-ounce taste and $8 for a full glass. Beer and wine tasting tickets can be purchased in advance online to alleviate lines. I.D. will be required at the Festival.

        The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is celebrating its 30th year of glorious hot air balloon dawn launches, evening balloon glows, wine tasting, food and wine pairing, and top concerts. Friday, Saturday and Sunday to complement the wine tasting experience.  Country Friday presents  Scotty McCreery,   "American Idol" season 10 winner and hot-on-the-charts ("All Over The Road") Easton Corbin.  Saturday Wine Country Rocks with The All-American Rejects, Eve 6 and Berlin with Terri Nunn. Sunday fans will get a fun dose of Celtic Rock with Young Dubliners.

For information visit or call (951) 676-6713.

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