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Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival

For the 10th consecutive year, the Northstar Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival will take place in the Village on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016, from 3pm – 6:30pm. The festival will include beer tastings from over 25 breweries and two premier bluegrass bands. Breweries will be featured on the Village Overlook, and guests who purchase a ticket will receive a commemorative pint glass and be able to sample all the different beers. There will also be non-alcoholic beverages and a tasty barbeque available for purchase, as well as seating and games on the village rink the whole family can enjoy.


Tickets

Advanced Sale: $30

Day of Sale: $38

With purchase of ticket you’ll receive a commemorative 2016 Beerfest & Bluegrass pint glass, tasting from over 25 breweries and live music throughout the day.


2016 Brewmaster Dinner Series + Beerfest & Bluegrass Combo Ticket

Purchase a Brewmaster Dinner/Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival Combo ticket!  With this ticket you can enjoy the delicious 5-course meal at the Martis Valley on Friday, July 1st than explore and taste the different assortment of beers offered at the Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 2nd at a discounted rate!


Eventbrite - Brewmaster Dinner Series at Northstar California - July 1st Dinner

2016 Breweries:

  • 2 Town Ciderhouse
  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Alaskan Brewing Co.
  • Auburn Alehouse Brewery
  • Big Sky Brewing
  • Blue Frog Brewing Co.
  • Breakside Brewery
  • Common Cider Company
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • DNA Brewery
  • Dragas Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing Company
  • Fifty Fifty Brewery
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery
  • Great Basin Brewing Company
  • Knee Deep Brewing Company
  • Kona Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Mammoth Brewing Company
  • North Coast Brewing Co.
  • Old Hangtown Beer Works
  • Pizza Port Brewing Company
  • Riley's Brewing Co.
  • Schilling Hard Cider
  • Shiner Bock
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  • Sufferest Beer Company (GF)
  • The Brewer's Cabinet
  • The Brewing Lair
  • Track 7 Brewing Co.
  • Trumer Pils
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Wildcard Brewing Company

Beerfest & Bluegrass Schedule


3pm – 6:30pm Beer Tastings

3pm – 4:30pm | Ventucky String Band

Like a jukebox of old 78 records, The Ventucky String Band is reminiscent of a time when Texas Swing still dominated the AM radio airwaves, and Bluegrass music was as novel as the arrival of television.  Where some have tried to diminish Ventura as “Ventucky,” this band sees their name not as a veiled jab at Bluegrass music or the city that brought them together— but instead as a tribute to the music and culture of the farmers, roustabouts, and cattlemen that helped grow the city during the early days of big-oil and agriculture in Ventura County.

Typical sets can vary from 1930’s Jazz & early Bluegrass, to cowboy ballads, folk, and honky-tonk—all seamlessly woven together with original songwriting that draws inspiration from the deep well-spring of American roots music.

Formed in 2010, this highly skilled multi-instrumental quartet features Matt Sayles, Dave White, and Lauren Donahue blending three part harmonies and original songwriting into a sound that harkens back to the golden age of country music, and the roots of the country and western sound of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 50’s.  Special guest, Brent Harding of "Social Distortion" will be performing with the band on upright bass.

Members of the Band have played professionally all over the U.S and Europe with appearances on the Wheeling West Virginia Jamboree (WWVA), as well as performances with Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing & Cajun legends like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Bellamy Brothers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Hot Club of Cowtown, and many more.

Brent Harding has played bass with Mike Ness and Social Distortion since 2004. His previous bands include Deke Dickerson and The Ecco-Fonics, The Eugene Edwards Band, The Lucky Stars, The Sleepwalkers and The What-Me Worry? Jug Band. He also plays stand up bass for the legendary Ventura bluegrass band, Whiskey Chimp.

Website: www.ventuckystringband.com


5pm – 7pm | The Railsplitters

The Railsplitters, winners of the 2013 Rockygrass Best New Band competition are a high-energy bluegrass and americana band from Boulder Colorado.  Fresh off the success of their first album, The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van! As you can imagine from five members traveling across the United States, the musical array pouring out of the van onto the open highway was wildly eclectic, crossing over genre and time. From boundary breaking trip hop and electronica groups like Gorillaz and Thievery Corporation, to more direct influences like The Infamous Stringdusters and Lake Street Dive, the musical potpourri heard in their time on the road eventually began to seep into the band’s own music. With their new album, The Faster It Goes, they’re using these new sounds to break the bonds of bluegrass and unleash tradition. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the ‘Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre, not unlike Bill Monroe, who himself was an innovator. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound. 

Website: www.therailsplitters.com

Non-Profit

Northstar will be partnering with a non-profit on this event.  We will donate $1 from each ticket to a local organization.  The benefiting organization is TBD.


Transportation:

Northstar is offering complimentary shuttle service to the Truckee Train Station and The Night Rider will have shuttles to Kings Beach leaving from the Northstar Transit Center Post #7.

Truckee Shuttles Depart:

6:00pm, 7:00pm & 8:00pm

King’s Beach Shuttles Depart:

6:30pm, 7:30pm & 8:30pm

List of Participating Breweries

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse
  • 21st Admendment Brewery
  • 50/50 Brewing
  • Alaskan Brewing Co.
  • Blue Frog Brewing Company
  • Breakside Brewery
  • The Brewer’s Cabinet
  • The Brewing Lair
  • Common Cider Company
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • DNA Brewery
  • Dragas Brewing
  • Elysian Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Golden Road Brewing
  • Great Basin Brewing Company
  • Knee Deep Brewing Company
  • Kona Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Mammoth Brewing Company
  • North Coast Brewing Co.
  • Old Hangtown Beer Works
  • Pizza Port Brewing Company
  • Riley’s Brewing Co. 
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  • Trumer Pils
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Wildcard Brewing Company


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