The Hop ‘N Barley Festival will be held once again at Skypark in Scotts Valley, but this year will be the first year that will be held as a two-day event, according to Event Director Patrick Grube.
“The brewing scene in Santa Cruz County has seen huge growth,” said Grube, who founded the event in 2009 as a method of pursuing his passion for craft beer as well as supporting local nonprofit organizations.
This year, he said, the net proceeds of the event will be split between the California Craft Brewers Association and the Community Housing Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.
For the cost of admission, patrons can sample 100 different types of beer from more than 60 different craft breweries during the first day of the event, which begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The taps open at noon.
The second day will begin at 9 a.m. with a disc golf competition a Delaveaga Disc Golf range, followed by the Beer Masters Cup home brew competition at Skypark.
During the competition, local home brewers will be pouring samples of their homemade craft beers alongside those pouring from breweries.
Patrons will be able to vote for their favorite home brewer.
The People’s Choice Home Brew Champion, Grube said, will be awarded a special winner’s goblet that can be used at all future events.
He compared the goblet to the green jackets that golfers wear after winning the Masters Golf Championship.
The winner of the morning’s disc golf competition will be awarded a goblet as well.
While beer takes center stage, Grube said, there will also be wine and cider tasting, as well as live music on two stages, barbecued food, oysters, and vegetarian fare will also be available.
Grube said that home brewers interested in participating should sign up soon, as it can take three to five weeks to properly brew a batch of beer.
For more information about the Hop ‘N Barley Festival or to sign up, visit http://www.hopnbarley.org
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