Surf 'n' Suds 2019 Beer Festival

Over the weekend, our fearless leader Paul and our salesperson in-the-field, Mike, traveled up to Carpinteria, California for the 2019 Surf ‘n' Suds Beer Festival. Paul and Mike joined over 80 breweries, cideries, kombucha brewers, and wineries, many of whom proudly use Coaster Culture Printing for their brewery or tap room’s custom coaster supply.

While every beer fest is a whirlwind of new brews, new faces, and memorable times with friends and family, this fest was even more special than usual.

Surf ‘n' Suds stood out among other central coast California beer fests by supporting the Young and Brave Foundation, a non-profit that works tirelessly to help youth beat cancer. As they like to say, “Love Beats Cancer”. What better place to find love and support than from the craft brewing community? (You can find out more ways to help the Young and the Brave Foundation here.)

Paul and Mike ventured through the many booths and spread the gospel of our custom-printed, full color coasters, along with a selection of some of our favorite custom, full-color temporary tattoos, made through our sister company, TattooFun! Our Temporary Tattoo booths are always a smash hit whenever we’re at a beer fest, as people love to line up to get ‘inked’ with their favorite brewery logos, pop culture tattoos, and more.

Take a look at some of Paul’s favorite brews, artwork, and more from this weekend, and see if your brewery made our list!

It’s a Good Day For a New Brew! (New Beer)

As avid lovers of the brewing craft, most of our Coaster Culture employees have tried a plethora of beers. It’s a real treat when we can find a brew we haven’t tasted before. Hollister Brewing Company’s Radar Gun Pale Ale stood out for Paul, with its smooth, refreshing flavor, perfect for summertime. Untappd may list its average as 3.56 out of 5 bottle caps, but Paul insists it’s a straight 5/5.

Who Are You, And Do You Brew? (New Brewery)

Paul and Mike came across many breweries throughout the day, but were particularly struck by new brewery Tarantula Hill Brewing Company, who have emerged as Thousand Oaks’ first craft brewery. Welcome to the culture, Tarantula Hill!

Stop Everything and Try This Beer! (Most Creative Beer)

Speaking of our new friends Tarantula Hill Brewing Company, Paul’s choice for most creative beer of the festival—and trust us, it was difficult to choose—was Tarantula Hill’s Batch 002 Double IPA. But wait! What makes this beer so unique? Contrary to most West Coast palates, Paul isn’t usually too hot for hops, making this Double IPA a standout from the crowd. Don’t just take his word for it—Paul heard others raving about this brew all day long. (Plus, the James Bond-esque name definitely scores more than a few creativity points.)

They Loved Me! They Really, Really Loved Me! (Personal Favorite of the Day)

How could a person possibly choose a favorite beer in a huge, sprawling beer fest? (Simple! It’s his job.) Paul’s personal favorite brew of the day was Anacapa Brewing’s Hurricane Hefeweizen from Ventura, California. This light hefeweizen must have been highly sessionable, since Paul happily drank “a lot of it”!

I Just Couldn't Believe My Eyes! (Best Artwork)

This was a tough category for Paul, as the craft brewing community places such a high standard for bottle art, can art, booth design, and more. Ultimately, Paul's favorite artwork of the day was found on some of the food trucks, including Okamoto Kitchen and Shrimp vs. Chef. Take a look at some of these creative and clever truck designs that caught our eye:

Shrimp vs. ChefA big thanks goes out to the Booze League for sponsoring the event, all of the vendors for being there and continuing to spread their passion for the craft! As always, thanks to our beloved customers who count on Coaster Culture Printing to shield them in their crusade against condensation!