Join in the Fun at Shaver Lake Brewfest
May 29, 2019 11:00AM
By Catherine Hunt
Story by Kayla Anderson
Photos by Taylor Karr
SHAVER LAKE is a small town with just over 600 residents in Fresno County, on the southwestern side of the man-made lake it’s named after. A great place to visit, especially when the Valley heats up in the summer, Shaver Lake hosts an annual brew fest featuring refreshing adult beverages and lots of fun.
The Shaver Lake Brewfest started about 15 years ago, founded by the local chamber of commerce to draw people to the area. During that time, beer festivals weren’t that common, and it provided a nice way for visitors to segue into summer. However, a few years after its inception, the chamber dissolved and sent the Shaver Lake Brewfest into a hiatus.
A few years ago, the local Lions Club was looking for a fundraiser, and they decided to resurrect the popular beer festival after remembering how fun it was. Now running for about four years, the Shaver Lake Brewfest keeps growing, bringing in around 25 vendors and 500 to 600 attendees, with proceeds benefitting Big Creek Elementary School.
A few of the improvements the committee has made to the newly renovated festival include allowing people to buy tickets online, and those 21 and older can participate in events such as a pony keg toss, a horseshoe tournament, live music, brewing demonstrations and more.
Certified beer judges comprised of local beer lovers vote for the festival favorites, and winners receive bragging rights and plaques. Brewing demonstrations are given by the local Worthogs Homebrew Club and public attendees/tasters also have their chance to weigh in on the best home brews for the People’s Choice award.
“It’s usually really good weather and it’s held on a nice piece of land; the event is really well run,” says Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Area Sales Manager Mario Gutierrez. Winners of the 2018 Shaver Lake Brewfest include the Dirty Bee Milkshake from Full Circle Brewing and the Cherry Jane from Lagunitas.
“I enjoy seeing people come together, having fun, and utilizing the businesses – people are out dining and the hotels are full,” says Shaver Lake Brewfest Committee President Aimee Brockway, who works at Big Creek and is a member of the Lions Club. •
Shaver Lake Brewfest
Saturday, July 27, noon-5pm
Shaver Lake Community Center Ballpark
Tickets: $35 for adults 21 and older, $10 for designated drivers and ages 16-20, free for ages 15 and under