The Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival

By Jason Petros

(CONCORD) January 3, 2011 – The East Bay-based craft beer radio company, The Brewing Network, is back for its 3rd Annual Winter Brews Festival, despite a few bumps in the road courtesy of the Occupy Movement.

In a market saturated by conglomerate breweries, microbreweries are working hard to let their products—fresh, flavorful, and local—speak for themselves. In a newly formed “occupied” world, you would think being a part of the 99% would make this slightly easier. Sadly not. The Brewing Network’s 3rd Annual Winter Brews Festival—an event that celebrates the wonder of small breweries and craft beer—is being forced out of its Berkeley home because of protestors occupying the event location.

Craft beer speaks to the very essence of trying to stand out in a 1% dominated market; small breweries often struggle to compete with the access and power of corporate breweries.Yet despite this, the Brewing Network’s Winter Brews Festival and the breweries it is trying to support are being discarded rather than celebrated.

In the 11th hour, the City of Concord came to the rescue, offering use of the Todos Santos Plaza—just two blocks from Concord BART—as a haven for the event.

This haven, however, is only temporary. Todos Santos Plaza is normally closed to public events during the winter months. Due to the extreme situation, however, they graciously opened their doors to
allow the event to go on uninterrupted. Partnering with the Todos Santos Small Business Association and a local environmental non-profit organization, this event will proudly promote the value of local breweries, local businesses, and fresh beer.

Visitors will enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 30 world class breweries. Confirmed breweries include the 21st Amendment, Drakes, Heretic, Lagunitas, Magnolia, Triple Rock, and Russian River. This Winter Brews Festival promises to expose beer lovers, new and experienced, to a variety of appetizing and innovative beers. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit local nonprofit, the Coral Reef Alliance.

The 3rd Annual Winter Brews Festival will be held at the Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on Saturday, January 28, 2012, from 12pm to 4pm. Tastings will feature a wide variety of local

brews and unique innovations from some of the best brewers around, many of whom will be pouring their own beers giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about how the beer is made.

The event will happen rain or shine, with arrangements in place to keep festival goers dry or out of the sun. And with the Concord BART station just two blocks away, this afternoon event will no doubt satisfy locals wanting to enjoy some beers for a great cause. Tickets are $35 pre-sale or $40 at the gate and include unlimited pours and a commemorative glass. For more information on the event, and to purchase tickets, please visit


The Brewing Network, founded in 2005, is an internet radio company dedicated to delivering the best in beer entertainment and information. From professionals in the craft beer world to amateur brewers at home, the BN delivers high quality radio that makes you thirsty! With weekly radio programming that showcases a range of topics from beer style profiles and how to brew them at home, to professional and amateur brewer interviews to teach you about the craft beer world and how to brew, the Brewing Network serves tons of information with all the fun of a morning radio format. The brewcasters are all about the beer—and beer is all about having a good time. Visit for more information, to download podcasts, or buy BN gear.


The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) unites communities to save coral reefs. They provide tools, education, and inspiration to residents of coral reef destinations to support local projects that benefit both reefs and people. Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, CORAL has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet’s coral reefs. Visit or call 1-888-CORAL-REEF. 

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Company: The Brewing Network
Contact: JP