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A fun crowd and beautiful fall colors along with delicious brews at a past Mountain Harvest Beer Fest. Photo submitted

Mountain Harvest Beer Festival on Oct. 15 features local breweries

The 17th Annual Mountain Harvest Beer Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15 is almost here! This event at the Plumas-Sierra County fairgrounds boasts an amazing assemblage of craft beers as well as some hard ciders and hard seltzers. The event offers brews to taste from upwards of 20 breweries from around the West.

Along with being one of the most anticipated events of the fall season, the Mountain Harvest Beer Festival is one of the most important fundraisers for Plumas Arts.

“This year we are very pleased to have the support of all three of our closest local breweries and a few regional longtime supporters,” says Executive Director Kara Rockett-Arsenault. The Brewing Lair from Blairsden, Quintopia Brewing Company from Quincy and Ronin Fermentation Project from Graeagle will all be there. Feather Falls Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., longtime neighboring supporters, will also be attending.

The Brewing Lair, opened in Blairsden in 2011. The Lair has been the Mountain Harvest Beer fest’s longest local supporters. Founders Susan Duniphin and Rich DeLano are the thirsty, great-craft-beer-seeking couple who founded The Brewing Lair.  The Brewing Lair is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a beer. They feature events on their beautiful lawn and meadow stage, as well as a Disc Golf course on the property and a food truck most days. Check out their website for more info https://www.thebrewinglair.com/.

Ronin Fermentation Project opened in Graeagle in the midst of the pandemic in 2020. The brewery, founded by Charlie Johnson and Lisa Jansen, was established to use innovative brewing techniques to produce high-quality beers that appeal to a wide variety of consumers. Ronin brews saisons and sours, stouts, cervino wine-beer hybrids, IPAs, old-world European lagers, and experimental Koji Beer. Ronin was awarded a silver award at the 2022 World Beer Cup in the Experimental beer style category for its The Multiverse Lives Koji Beer. For more information, visit www.roninfermentationproject.com.

Quintopia Brewing Company, opened in 2018 in Quincy, offers a lovely inside tap room and family-friendly patio seating, and delicious meals and snacks. Quintopia’s production facility across the street is set to re-open this spring after the horrible fire that burned it down in 2020. Their specialty is easy-drinking beer styles that appeal to a range of tastes.  “As Quincy’s first brewery in over 100 years, the Harvest Festival is one of our favorite community events of the year, being right here on home ground, with bonus amazing fall colors at the fairgrounds venue. There’s always a lot of smiles and a wonderful feeling of local community.” says Quintopia’s founder and brewer, Tom Hepner. Check out more at https://quintopiabrewing.com/.

Plumas Arts is excited to bring Boot Juice to the Mountain Harvest Beer Fest. Boot Juice hails from the Hills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and has been gaining buzz with its high energy performances and party-sparking reputation. The band features electric and acoustic guitars, three vocalists, bass, drums, trumpet and alto saxophone. Boot Juice shifts effortlessly between driving bluegrass and americana into cosmic rock n roll. They deliver three-part vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumental arrangements with a sultry dose of blues and soul. The collective effect leaves crowds little choice but to shake it down on the dance floor. Check out their YouTube page here to get excited about their performance on October 15th.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn_VNqwbKcXD8Z49Ij5KiBg

Visit the Plumas Arts website and Mountain Harvest Beer Festival page to see all the other breweries and companies who are supporting this event.

Tasting passes/tickets are on sale now: $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Plumas Arts Gallery and online on the Plumas Arts website at plumasarts.org where you can also find more information about the event. Non-tasting general admission is $10 at the gate and individual beers and glasses of wine can be purchased.

The event takes place from 1-5 p.m. at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds and will also offer a stellar silent auction. YUMZ food truck will be there offering their delicious menu with tacos and other items and Soroptimist of Quincy will be there offering hot dogs and brats. If you have any questions about the event call Plumas Arts (530) 283-3402.

Boot Juice will be performing live. Photo submitted

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