The California Craft Beer Summit Festival Comes to Long Beach

Photo essay by Matt Formica

The California Craft Beer Summit came to Long Beach to highlight the industry.

The California Craft Beer Summit came to Long Beach to highlight the industry.

170 breweries from all over the state came together on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Marina Green on the Long Beach waterfront.

170 breweries from all over the state came together on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Marina Green on the Long Beach waterfront.

This was the first time the festival held an event outside Sacramento, CA. As such, the local breweries came out in full force.

This was the first time the festival held an event outside Sacramento, CA. As such, the local breweries came out in full force.

The festival look place on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon.

The festival look place on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon.

Many of the patrons were very enthusiastic about their favorite breweries. This man proclaimed himself the face of Belmont Brewing Co.

Many of the patrons were very enthusiastic about their favorite breweries. This man proclaimed himself the face of Belmont Brewing Co.

Each booth had a few different beers to sample. Some even served up specials made just for the event.

Each booth had a few different beers to sample. Some even served up specials made just for the event.

Three-ounce tasting glasses where provided to patrons to sample the 600 different beers on tap.

Three-ounce tasting glasses where provided to patrons to sample the 600 different beers on tap.

Where there's beer, there's cornhole.

Where there's beer, there's cornhole.

It’s the most fun you can have with a beer in the other hand.

It’s the most fun you can have with a beer in the other hand.

With the being a scorching 97 degrees, the beers served were incredibly refreshing.

With the being a scorching 97 degrees, the beers served were incredibly refreshing.

Even the brewers couldn't resist the tasty treats being served.

Even the brewers couldn't resist the tasty treats being served.

Many of the breweries had fun decorations and cool stickers to attract patrons to come sample their wares.

Many of the breweries had fun decorations and cool stickers to attract patrons to come sample their wares.

The festival was about more than just beer, with live music, food, and fun games scattered throughout the grounds.

The festival was about more than just beer, with live music, food, and fun games scattered throughout the grounds.

The festival was dog friendly, and the dogs present were very friendly, indeed.

The festival was dog friendly, and the dogs present were very friendly, indeed.

A hammock in the shade was a great way to beat the heat!

A hammock in the shade was a great way to beat the heat!

It's not everyday you can get a proper wood-fired pizza from a food truck.

It's not everyday you can get a proper wood-fired pizza from a food truck.

Everything from chicken sandwiches to vegan pizza was offered from the army of food trucks serving the beer-drinking masses.

Everything from chicken sandwiches to vegan pizza was offered from the army of food trucks serving the beer-drinking masses.

If there is one thing beer drinkers love, it’s salty snacks! Necklaces made from pretzels and Pringles were plentiful.

If there is one thing beer drinkers love, it’s salty snacks! Necklaces made from pretzels and Pringles were plentiful.

Tabletop cornhole was a "big" hit among the attendees.

Tabletop cornhole was a "big" hit among the attendees.

Long Beach's own Steady Brewing had a prominent display.

Long Beach's own Steady Brewing had a prominent display.

The festival was centered around fun, and everyone present had a pretty good sense of humor.

The festival was centered around fun, and everyone present had a pretty good sense of humor.