Craft beer and martinis are the star of two events this weekend.
The beer – over 100 different brews from 40 breweries – is available at the ApCal Craft Beer Festival from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
The fourth annual event is held outside on the grass near the big leafy oak tree.
“We’ve really tried to keep it to the true craft beers,” says ApCal owner Darren Schmall. “There’s not going to be any Budweiser and Sam Adams and Shock Top. These are beers that true craft beer lovers will enjoy.”
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Our craft beer festival is unique. It’s out here in the country.
Darren Schmall, ApCal owner
Gates open at 1 p.m. and beer and music start flowing at 2 p.m. The Wild Hare will perform live music until 3:30 p.m. and the Junkyard Groove Dogs perform from 4-6 p.m.
Tickets cost $35 in advance, $45 at gate, $10 for designated drivers and are available at www.apcalwine.com.
ApCal is at 32749 Avenue 7 in Madera. Details: (559) 674-9463.
This martini-themed event lets you sample all kinds of itty bitty martinis and food from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
Held at the RiverView Shopping Center – that’s the one at Friant and Fort Washington roads – Springtini combines drinks, food and live music.
The lead singer of Aeromyth, the Aerosmith tribute band, looks just like Steven Tyler.
Twenty-three vendors are participating and about half of them will have food and martinis. That includes Piazza Del Pane, The Standard, Texas Roadhouse, KuniSama, the Field House and Starving Artists Bistro.
Valley Wide Beverage will be there with a beer truck. And since Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy is a sponsor, you can expect to see some of that shandy – beer combined with lemonade flavor – there, too.
Live music will be performed by Erick Tyler, Trey Tosh, Cloudship and Aerosmith tribute band Aeromyth, which has a lead singer who looks just like Steven Tyler.