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by tony reverditto OH, WHAT YUM! Eat, Drink and Be Merry at These Festive Festivals Pull out your favorite ugly Christmas sweater for the eighth annual Brew Ho Ho!

Holiday Ale Festival in Anaheim. It’s truly a winter wonderland for beer enthu- siasts, offering a festive craft beer extravaganza with more than 100 samplings of seasonal craft beers from the finest breweries in Southern California and beyond. Guests can enjoy live music, dancing, games, shopping and delicious food for purchase as they welcome the most wonderful time of the year. Brew Ha Ha Productions celebrates its 10th year as Orange County’s most

successful craft beer event producer. In addition to Brew Ho Ho! there are Brew Ha Ha, Brew Hee Haw and Boo Ha Ha Haunted, to name a few. Per usual, guests will indulge in unlimited tastings along with a complimentary commemora- tive tasting cup. New out-of-town breweries have been added, including Societe, Bottle Logic, Firestone Walker, Riip Beer and Bootleggers Brewery. Food will be served by highly-rated vendors including Mess Hall Canteen,

Sgt. Pepperoni’s, Fiesta Gourmet, Cali’s Flaming Grill, Cousins Maine Lobster and The Viking Truck. Those tipsy elves in attendance will hear live music from Elton - The Early

Years, a tribute to Elton John, and Twisted Gypsy, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Santa will be trading his milk and cookies for craft brews and pretzels while taking photos with enthusiastic attendees. Back by popular demand, the annual Brewery Merchandise Expo offers guests a one-stop shopping experience perfect for stuffing the stockings of fellow beer lovers. In the spirit of giving, guests can donate an unopened toy to the Brew Ho Ho toy drive benefiting local families and children. Brew Ho Ho will be at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim onSaturday, December 7 with tastings from noon to 4 p.m. with the Brewery Merchandise Expo, music and food open until 5 p.m. Tickets are now on sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire. Designated-

driver tickets will be available for those

accompanying a paid


Ace Hotel & Swim Club is partnering with the Palm Springs Wine Festival for

the Golden Grapes Wine Festival, a weekend-long celebration of California’s best winemakers. For its second annual event, the wine festival is dedicated to the “new

guard” of winemakers who are transforming the landscape of wine in the Golden State, providing a day to sample, meet and learn about the process and people behind forward-thinking viniculture and viticulture. Each ticket includes unlimited tastings, small bites, expert insights from the winemakers and live music. “We’re highlighting movers and shakers of the ‘California style’ who are

preserving varietals from far-flung locations like the Sierra Foothills and Mendocino, and taking a lighter touch in the cellar,” said wine festival founder Christine Soto, owner of popular Palm Springs wine bar Dead or Alive. “Of course, we’ll have cabernet, chardonnay and pinot noir — they might just taste more natural and fresh, like the winemakers featured at the festival. Though every winemaker is different, the ones you’ll meet use biodynamic and organic farming practices. Most importantly, their wines are made with love and reflect their dedication to California terroir.” For wine lovers who want to spend the weekend at Ace Hotel & Swim Club,

a special discounted room rate code is available: GRAPES. The Ace is a mid- century modern desert marvel within biking distance of downtown and close to Joshua Tree, the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, historical desert modern architecture and great vintage shopping. It’s also the best place in Palm Springs to get a laid-back massage or natural treatment at the Feel Good Spa. There are two big pools, a gym, a vintage photo booth and inventive dining. Golden Grapes Wine Festival takes placeSunday, December 8 from 1 to 4

p.m. at Ace Hotel-The Commune, 701 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. or 760.325.9900


RAGE monthly | December 2019


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