On Saturday, March 15, the annual rite of spring known as the Fairfax Brewfest will soak the small North Bay town's historic Pavilion in suds, music and frivolity. A record twenty-three brewers are on board this year (this is the 19th annual Brewfest) and there's no better way to prime your tastebuds for St. Patrick's Day than to take in this lively, only-in-Marin craft beer festival.
This year's stellar line-up includes, for the first time, stalwart Anchor Brewing, Fort Point Beer Co., Almanac Beer Co. and San Diego's Stone Brewing. Local Marin brewers are represented by Fairfax's own Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Larkspur's Marin Brewing Company, Novato's Moylan's, Mill Valley Beerworks, and San Rafael's Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company and the Broken Drum Brewery.
Tickets are $30 advance purchase at www.fairfaxbrewfest.com and $40 at the door (limited availability; ticket sales start at noon). Whet your whistle with unlimited tastings of hop-infused Imperial IPAs, wheat beers, barleywine, unfiltered Dunkelweizen, Kolsch, peach ale and more.
Aside from indoor and outdoor beer gardens and a “Taste ‘Em & Rate ‘Em” contest with awards to the best brews, the festival also features great pub food featuring corned beef sandwiches, garlic fries, and grilled sausages. Live music is provided by Tom Rigney and Flambeau, who are returning to the Fairfax Brewfest stage after a hiatus of several years. Rigney, a violinist/composer, has joined up with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney and Flambeau. The band showcases his passionate, virtuoso fiddling and his bandmates are veterans of the great bands of Charles Brown, Queen Ida, and Clifton Chenier. It should be a hoppin' time in the old town.