“Top four Southern California craft beer festivals worth the drive” – Los Angeles Times

Anaheim’s Firkfest Is Back and Has Taken New Shape

Anaheim, CA (Aug 17th, 2023)–What would have been the 7th annual Firkfest in 2020 is finally back in 2023 as Firkenstein Craft Beer Festival, note that it’s no longer cask only. The only requirement is breweries are required to bring something special made just for the event. 

Firkenstein Craft Beer Festival is happening on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 from 4-8 pm in Downtown Anaheim surrounding the city’s decorated Halloween tree. 

 “It’s not only a fall beer festival where you can get dressed up, but your beer can too,” notes founder and organizer Greg Nagel @OCBeerBlog. “Two of my favorite things are Halloween and Oktoberfest, both of which happen near each other, so why not have a zombie Oktoberfest?” he continued. 

Around thirty of SoCal’s best brewers are invited, and the event is heavily attended by the beer industry, brewers, and beer lovers alike. The festival is never oversold, capping guests at around 600, which sells out every year it’s been around. “The venue is slightly larger than previous years, so we may add a little bit,” notes Nagel.

The festival supports the Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade, which is in its 100th year this October. The festival will feature local chefs, music, and have a costume contest.

BREWERY LIST (not complete)

  • Green Cheek
  • Monkish Brewing
  • Villains Brewing
  • Beachwood Brewery
  • Bottle Logic Brewing
  • Gamecraft Brewing
  • Gunwhale Ales
  • Honey Pot Meadery
  • 8bit Brewing
  • The Bruery
  • Unsung Brewing
  • Ambitious Ales
  • Taproom Beer Co.
  • Macleod Ale
  • riip beer co.
  • Pizza Port
  • Native Son
  • Tap Room Beer
  • Moonlight
  • Ambitious Ales
  • Long Beach Beer Lab
  • El Segundo
  • Highland Park
  • And more!

LA Times named Firkfest one of the “Top four Southern California craft beer festivals worth the drive.”

“Firkfest was one of the best events we did last year and I hope [they] plan to bring it back,” says Anders Nilbrink of Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

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Firkfest was started in 2014 by beer writer Greg Nagel in order to raise money for local charities. So far he has raised over $80,000 from this festival.

Located at West Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA

Press Inquiries: email firkfest@gmail . com


Twitter/Instagram: @Firkfest