Andres Nuño

After Covid-19 hit, Surf ‘n’ Suds organizer Andres Nuño pivoted the craft beer festival to a boutique at-home experience. 

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festivals would have been celebrating their eighth anniversary this year, but 2020 had different plans. After launching eight years ago, Carpinteria’s Surf ‘n’ Suds has sold out every year, bringing thousands of craft beer lovers from all over California to the small seaside city of Carpinteria. The largest craft beer festival on the Central Coast, a typical Surf ‘n’ Suds fest has over 70 craft breweries, ciders, wineries and kombucha companies at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura and Carpinteria State Beach. 

With 2020 putting a halt on events, Surf ‘n’ Suds decided to take their show online and introduced the Surf ‘n’ Suds monthly Home Fests, virtual beer festivals featuring 14 craft breweries and ciders from all over California. Since the first home festival in May, Surf ‘n’ Suds has featured 52 craft breweries and ciders, shipping out individual variety beer boxes all over California. This month, Surf ‘n’ Suds started shipping to Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. 

“We wanted to keep Surf ‘n’ Suds going and thought the best way to do that with all of the Covid-19 restrictions was to deliver an entire beer festival right to people’s front doors,” said Surf ‘n’ Suds event organizer Andres Nuño. “The beer boxes include one beer or cider from each brewery, a souvenir glass, and brewery and sponsor swag.” 

The 3.5-hour show is hosted by Nuño, during which brewers walk guests through their tasting rooms and breweries. The Home Fests also include music, featuring two bands and a DJ at every event.  

Tickets are $75 for general admission and include 14 carefully selected beers from each of the featured breweries, a souvenir glass, and brewery and sponsor swag. Limited VIP tickets cost $85 and include a special Surf ‘n’ Suds gaiter and T-shirt. The event also includes a Zoom after party where guests can ask brewers questions.

Tickets are on sale now for the Oct. 24 Surf ‘n’ Suds Home Fest. The event will feature 14 California craft breweries and ciders including, Cervecería Del Pueblo (Pasadena), Draughtsmen Aleworks (Goleta), Full Circle Brewing Co. (Fresno), Humdinger Brewing (Arroyo Grande), Los Angeles Ale Works (Hawthorne), Lagunitas Brewing Co (Petaluma), Modern Times Beer (San Diego), Ogopogo Brewing (San Gabriel), Resident Brewing (San Diego), Smog City Brewing (Torrance), Temblor Brewing Company (Bakersfield), Wolf Creek Brewery (Santa Clarita), 101 Cider House (Los Angeles) and SLO Cider (San Luis Obispo).  

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