Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza! Twenty years ago Sam Walker began the tradition of the Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza with ten small breweries, a home barbeque, and a local band in the parking lot of Whiskey Creek.  Ever year since the festival grew and real blues bands were invited. For the past two decades people have gathered under the pine trees at Sam’s Wood Site to enjoy great beers from multiple craft breweries, listen to great blues artists preform on the main stage, and savor Mammoth’s top culinary creations. Today thousands of people travel from all over the country to experience the festival and some call it “the best four days of a Mammoth summer.”

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In celebration of twenty years of great blues and brews the festival will include two encore performances Friday and Sunday nights at Mammoth Brewing Company. On Friday night 3-time Grammy winner Ruthie Foster will preform as an acoustic duo in the Mammoth Brewing Company’s tasting room. On Sunday night Jelly Bread, a funky alt-rock band, with preform in the Mammoth Brewing Company parking lot. There will be great beer, food, and plenty of space to dance. In addition to the encore performances the festival will host its usual array of incredibly talented blues musicians. This years line up includes 16 unique bands with styles that range from Jonny Lang’s intricate guitar work to Mark Sexton Band’s funky rhythms and meaningful lyrics. Just a few other featured artist making appearances at this years festival include: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Slide Brothers, Hadden Sayers, The Delta Saints, and Raquel Rodriguez.

Sam Adams ShawnThe festival doesn’t lack in its variety of craft beers available for tasting either! Once again the California Craft Brewers Association will host an unparalleled selection of beers from over 80 of the country’s best craft breweries. The main beer tasting event, The Grand Tasting, will take place on Saturday. Tickets to the event get you unlimited tasting from every brewery participating in the festival. In addition to fantastic beer there will also be great food offered by some of Mammoth’s best restaurants including: Bleu Handcrafted Foods, Black Velvet Coffee, and Toomey’s Catering.

This is truly an event you don’t want to miss!

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