SLO County Small Batch Brewers Festival

The SLO County Small Batch Brewers Festival is coming to San Luis Obispo, and you won’t want to miss it.

Eight of the smallest, family-owned breweries around San Luis Obispo County are coming together to create a new and unique experience for beer-lovers. This is not your typical crowded beer festival with breweries from across the country. These eight breweries brew their beers in very small batches, primarily for consumption at the breweries rather than for distribution in cans or bottles.

The breweries include 7Sisters Brewing Co. (SLO), Bang the Drum Brewery (SLO), Bittersweet Brewing Co. (Grover Beach), Dead Oak Brewing Co. (Atascadero), Earth and Fire Brewing Co. (Paso Robles), Kilokilo Brewing Co. (Paso Robles), ManRock Brewing Co. (Grover Beach), and Three Stacks and a Rock Brewing Co. (Morro Bay), as well as the local homebrewers group, the San Luis Obispo Brewers.

7 sisters brewing owners

7 Sisters Brewing Company’s owners Steve and Emily are one of the featured breweries in the SLO County Small Batch Brewers Festival.

Nikki Kaltenberg, co-owner of Dead Oak Brewing Co., shares why her brewery is participating, “One thing that’s truly unique about this group of breweries is you’ll often find the brewer pouring beers at the breweries. Now, imagine an event where all the beer tenders are also brewers. It’s going to be a special fest and we’re looking forward to it!”

The breweries aren’t the only unique aspect of this festival. The location of the event is a new hop farm and event center, Hacienda Antigua, located at 5900 Davenport Creek Road in San Luis Obispo. There will be a variety of activities, including but not limited to, corn hole, giant jenga, a photo booth, hop farm tours, and live music by a local band by the name of O’Donna. Tickets will include a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, and small bites from local flight

Take home a commemorative tasting glass after having unlimited beer samples.

Uniquely enough, this festival is the product of a collaboration amongst a Cal Poly professor and a team of marketing students. Cal Poly Marketing senior Isha Kumar says she was drawn to the project for the same reason she was drawn to coming to school in San Luis Obispo, “It’s the community and how much the people here care to invest in one another. Whether it’s the students, the faculty, local restaurants, small businesses or even small breweries, the people are there to support and guide one another and that is something that I know will be so evident at our beer festival. More than anything else, this is a festival to celebrate the local community and give them more reasons to take pride in from their county.”

All proceeds will benefit the Woods Humane Society.

dog from Woods Humane Society If you’re not already convinced, you will be when I tell you that all proceeds go to the local animal shelter, Woods Humane Society. This organization cares for over 3,000 dogs and cats each year in their facilities in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero. Woods is committed to finding loving homes for all healthy and treatable pets, no matter how long it takes.

Experience a collection of San Luis Obispo County’s hidden gems all in one place and mark your calendars for June 2nd from 2-5pm. Buy your tickets before May 2nd for the presale price of $35 before the tickets become $40!


By Meghan Butler