Sabroso Festival Returns for 2018

Doheny State Beach, CA

Happy Sunday, folks!  With a new year comes new events and one extremely fun gathering that is returning this year is the Sabroso Craft Bera, Taco, and Music Festival.  This awesome festival debuted last year to great fanfare and success, and we even wrote a review of the event.

The festival is back for another year and has actually expanded to several cities across the western United States.  This celebration of beer, tacos, lucha libre wrestling, and rock music returns to Doheny State Beach, in Dana Point in south Orange County this year, rocking the shoreline on Saturday, April 7.  But it will also hit other cities across California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Last year's Sabroso Fest was a huge hit among a multitude of fans.

Last year's Sabroso Fest was a huge hit among a multitude of fans.

Last year's event was really quite a terrific production.  Surprisingly well organized for a first time festival (the Sabroso Festival had existed as a taco and hot sauce event before, but never as a major music and food fest), with dozens of taco trucks, complimentary tastings of over a hundred different beers included with admission, outrageously entertaining professional wrestling, and high energy rock music, Sabroso Festival was a dream for anyone looking to have a great, rocking time.  And this year promises more of the same.

Free beer tastings were available starting at noon for VIP guests and 1:00pm for general admission guests until 4:00pm.

Free beer tastings were available starting at noon for VIP guests and 1:00pm for general admission guests until 4:00pm.

There were plenty of fantastic taco trucks on hand selling a huge assortment of delicious food.

There were plenty of fantastic taco trucks on hand selling a huge assortment of delicious food.

Fans of The Offspring and Pennywise should not miss this intimate festival event (intimate by music festival standards).  And in an age where rock seems to be dying at major music festivals, Sabroso keeps the genre alive and well with its riff-driven line-up.

The Offspring rocked the headlining slot at Sabroso Fest last year.  They're back this year and joined by fellow punk icons Pennywise.

The Offspring rocked the headlining slot at Sabroso Fest last year.  They're back this year and joined by fellow punk icons Pennywise.

Tickets are already on sale now and can be accessed from the Sabroso Festival web site.  Tickets for the Southern California event start at $55.50 plus fees, with VIP set at $109.00 plus fees.  Last year, we found the VIP to be completely worth the extra cost, since the hour early entry provided valuable time to try plenty of beer tastings without massive lines (especially helpful, since the beer tastings only ran until 4:00pm for obvious D.U.I. deterrence reasons).  We plan on being there again this year, and you should totally go too!

From the press release:

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
Powered By Gringo Bandito

Expands To Include Events Across The Western U.S. In April & May;
Returns to Doheny State Beach Saturday, April 7


Headliner The Offspring & Pennywise To Perform At All Shows;
The Vandals, Against Me!, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes & Others Play Select Dates
Plus Craft Beer Sampling, Gourmet Tacos, Lucha Libre Style Wrestling


Tickets on Sale Friday, January 26 At 10:00 A.M. Local Time

Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and Brew Ha Ha Productions are pleased to announce the expansion of the acclaimed Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito to include additional dates in Sacramento, Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Auburn, and Portland during April and May of 2018. Sabroso also returns to the scenic Doheny State Beach in Southern California on Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (VIP Entry at Noon). Each date of the 5th annual taco and craft beer celebration features a music lineup headlined by Orange County, CA-based The Offspring, along with SoCal’s Pennywise. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Against Me!, Lit, Unwritten Law, Street Dogs, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and more will perform on select dates. Visit www.SabrosoTacoFest.com for music lineup details.
Fans enjoying the music line-up last year.

Fans enjoying the music line-up last year.

Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), most dates of Sabroso will also feature craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. The region’s top chefs and restaurants will serve delectable tacos and attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre style wrestling, lawn games, contests, and more. Beer tastings will vary by city according to local alcohol laws and restrictions.

Dexter Holland of The Offspring said, “Tacos and craft beer are two of The Offspring’s favorite things! We’re excited to be bringing Sabroso to new cities in 2018! See you at the shows!”

Sabroso offers craft beer from some of the best, top-awarded breweries in the nation and pairs them with some of the tastiest tacos in the region. It’s truly an experience unlike anything seen before,” Sabroso co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said. “The festival will offer everything from savory carne asada and carnitas to delicious fresh fish tacos, and of course, craft beer favorites like IPAs, pale ales, stouts, lagers and more!”

During VIP early entry tastings (from Noon – 4:00 P.M.), and general admission tastings (from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.), craft beer lovers that are 21+ can sample over 100 craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of well-known breweries including Avery Brewing, Pizza Port Brewing Company, Three Weavers, Abnormal Beer Co., Artifex, and Modern Times in Dana Point; New Glory Craft Brewery, Seismic Brewing Co., Heretic Brewing Company, The Bruery, AleSmith, and Avery Brewing in Sacramento; Oskar Blues Brewery, Melvin Brewing, Upslope Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, and Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver; Avery Brewing, Kaktus Brewing Co., Bosque Brewing Company, and Great Divide Brewing Co. in Albuquerque; The Shop Beer Co., Avery Brewing, Barrio Brewing Co., Crooked Tooth Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing Company, and Stone Brewing in Tucson; 7 Seas Brewing, Wingman Brewers, Avery Brewing, Harmon Brewing Co., Melvin Brewing, Silver City Brewery, and Wet Coast Brewing Co. in Auburn; and Modern Times, Avery Brewing, AleSmith, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Ecliptic Brewing, and 2 Towns in Portland.
Partying, dancing, and good times at Sabroso Festival 2017.

Partying, dancing, and good times at Sabroso Festival 2017.

At each festival date, the taco creations will compete for the coveted Sabroso “Best Of Show,” awarded by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

Attendees are also invited to sample all flavors of Gringo Bandito--Dexter Holland of The Offspring’s top rated hot sauce—during the event.

Lucha Libre style wrestling stars from across the globe will take to the ring battling for the title of Sabroso Champion. There will be multiple qualifying wrestling matches throughout each festival day and one final championship match at each show.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito runs from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (VIP Entry at Noon). Tickets for all dates of Sabroso go on sale Friday, January 26 at 10:00 A.M. local time at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com and start at just $29.00 in some markets and $39.50 in others. For each ticket purchased, $0.50 will be donated to a charity in the local festival market.


The VIP Lounge + Early Entry Ticket includes (1) festival admission ticket with craft beer tastings, music festival access, VIP entry lane with one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (21+), VIP lounge access with exclusive craft beer tastings and special taco vendors, VIP bathrooms, and VIP commemorative laminate.
Sum 41 attracted tremendous energy during their tremendous set last year.

Sum 41 attracted tremendous energy during their tremendous set last year.

The 2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito dates are as follows:

Saturday, April 7 – Dana Point, CA - Doheny State Beach
Sunday, April 8 – Sacramento, CA - Papa Murphy's Park at Cal Expo      
Saturday, April 28 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sunday, April 29 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Saturday, May 5 – Tucson, AZ - Rillito Park Racetrack
Saturday, May 12 – Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 13 – Portland, OR - Portland Meadows


* The Offspring and Pennywise perform at every show. Support lineups vary by city.
Lucha libre wrestling was in fast action.  Fun fact: one of these two is actually "Evil," leader of the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor slider group.

Lucha libre wrestling was in fast action.  Fun fact: one of these two is actually "Evil," leader of the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor slider group.

At last year’s sold out Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA, 8,500 attendees gathered under the California sunshine for an afternoon of complimentary craft beer tasting with over 40 of the best breweries from Southern California and beyond, gourmet street tacos and more. Lucha Libre style wrestlers competed throughout the day as the waves of the Pacific crashed behind their beachside ring, and professional eaters, including world champion Takeru Kobayashi, took to the stage before The Offspring’s performance for the 7th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge. While runner-up Molly Schuyller, European champion Jesse Pynnönen, and others devoured tacos at an astonishing pace, Kobayashi stole the show by downing 159 tacos in 10 minutes – shattering his own 2015 record of 144 tacos.
Kobayashi demolished his competition in the taco eating competition.

Kobayashi demolished his competition in the taco eating competition.

The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito include Gringo Bandito, Avery Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, Chronic Tacos, Milagro Tequila, Cosmic Fog and many more.

For more on Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito, visit:

Website: www.SabrosoTacoFest.com
Facebook: @sabrosotacofest
Twitter: @sabrosotacofest
Instagram: @sabrosotacofes

Hashtag: #sabrosotacofest
This year promises more fun and energy, plus great food and booze!

This year promises more fun and energy, plus great food and booze!

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