By Hungry Hungry Harris
In years past the KROQ Brew Fests have had a problem with weather. The forecast would call for beautiful sunny day and we’d end up with rain or a miserable 100-degree day with 90% humidity. Well, it looks like the festival gods were finally on our side for the inaugural KROQ Super Games and Brew Fest Especial. What could have been another disappointing rainy day, ended up being absolutely perfect. And what a day it was.
Although the official title may be ridiculously long and sound like a tongue twister when you say it over and over again, like the name suggests, we had games and beer. One could even say we had “super” games and a whole festival worth of beer.
The Santa Anita infield was packed with an inflatable maze, an obstacle course, hamster ball racing and even a dunk tank where you got the opportunity to dunk your favorite KROQ personality, Beer Mug. Even with all of the innocent inflatables and wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, the event was strictly 21 plus. Saturday was for the adults. Sure, there were upset parents and sad children but Saturday was about booty shaking unedited music, drinking beer, getting into a huge hamster ball and rolling your drunk-ass through a maze and not having to watch what you say because there were kids around.
I stood at the entrance watching people make their way into the infield. I saw everyone’s eyes light up with excitement as they mouthed the words “Where’s the beer?” Doors opened at 11am and by 11:30 all of the beer pong tables were taken and there were lines for the corn hole games. As people continued to pour into the infield, it never really felt too packed. The beer lines weren’t too long and I feel the options were perfect for the weather.
The breweries on hand kept their stouts and heavy IPAs at home. Everything being poured was something you would sip on while at a BBQ or after a long day of yard work. Stone Brewing, the staple at every Brew Fest, brought their Delicious IPA and their seasonal Stone Pataskala Red X IPA. Both of these IPAs have strong citrus notes and are definitely easy to chug down on a hot day. One of my favorite breweries, going all the way back to when I worked at the Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Brewing Co. had their very popular Orange Avenue Wit on tap. Named after the street on Coronado Island where their brewery and restaurant is located on, this Witbier is easy to drink and should replace the Blue Moon or Shock Top in your fridge. I did discover a new beer I had never tried. Barley Forge Brewing Co. out of Costa Mesa, was serving their Don Perfecto. This awesome beer is a Belgian-style Witbier brewed with Horchata-style spices. This one definitely caught me by surprise and I’ll be on the lookout for this next time I’m at a grocery store. I know when I have a few beers in me, I like to eat. I mean, I’m always down to eat but especially after I drink.
Boba Ni Tacos’ Carne Asada Fries
Good beer always needs to be paired with good food. There were a few food trucks on hand to satisfy everyone’s drunken cravings. Boba Ni Taco was serving up Carne Asada Fries topped with Sriracha and their signature sauce. I had my eye on their Buffalo chicken fries but unfortunately for me they were sold out. The other trucks on hand were Meat the Greek, the Lobsta Truck and Tropical Islands Papas & Dogs. The menus at each of these trucks were totally aimed at drunk people and by the looks of every smiling face with a taco or lobster sandwich getting stuffed into it, the trucks got the crowd they wanted.
What’s a KROQ event without great music? Jeremiah Red came out strong with his signature blend of hip-hop, rock and electronic music. At one point he played an awesome mash-up of B.J. Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” which immediately got me ready for Coachella and set the tone for the rest of the day. Jeremiah Red didn’t come alone; he was joined by fellow DJs Omar XV and DJ Strip GL.
For me personally, although I was working, and working a lot harder than I have at past brew fests (this is for my bosses reading BTW) this might have been the most entertaining brew fest I have experienced at Santa Anita. And I’ve been to a lot of KROQ events at that racetrack and have heard a lot of compliments and complaints. Our job at KROQ is to give people an awesome experience and that might have been lacking at past events. But this time, we turned this into a true KROQ experience, one that you‘d find at a Weenie Roast or Acoustic. This wasn’t something we just put our name on and watched it unfurl. This is something we made happen and from what I saw, people really enjoyed it. If you missed out this time, be sure to keep an eye out for the next one. It’s returning May 6th!