Aquabats, Save Ferris, Voodoo Glow Skulls Skank Up 10th Brew Ha Ha Fest

The Aquabats return! (courtesy of the band)

San Clemente-based Brew Ha Ha Productions, which just helped open the Orange County Fair this past weekend with the sixth annual Brew Hee Haw craft beer roundup at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its namesake event in September with what could appropriately be called “Brew Ha Ska,” as performing bands include The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Suburban Legends, Skapeche Mode and Codename Rocky.

Attendees will “skank it up” while sipping unlimited tastes of more than 160 bubbly ales on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 7 p.m. at the sprawling Oak Canyon Park in Silverado.

“We are stoked to celebrate the 10th annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival with a lineup of Orange County’s premiere ska bands and breweries,” states Cameron Collins, the Brew Ha Ha Productions founder, in a release this morning. “Orange County is the birthplace of so many influential ska bands, and we can’t wait for attendees to enjoy legendary SoCal music alongside tastes from breweries that have shaped the local craft beer scene.”

Save Ferris will be at a site with a Save Ferris Wheel. (Courtesy of the band)

The curated selection of tastes come from such local breweries as Artifex Brewing, Bottle Logic, Pizza Port and Riip Brewing. Regional brewers like Belching Beaver, Burgeon Beer Co, JuneShine Hard Kombucha and Societe Brewing Co. will also showcase ales. The unlimited pours will be served in commemorative Brew Ha Ha tasting glasses from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for those who purchase VIP tickets and noon-3 p.m. for general admission.

However, this is not a 21+ event as families are invited to partake in games, bounce houses and the “Save Ferris Wheel.” Food trucks will be on site, and complimentary cotton candy will be given to kids.

First we drink, then we skank. (Photo courtesy of VJay Tabula)

Free shuttle service will be available to Brew Ha Ha festival-goers from the Tustin Metrolink Station, which can easily be reached via Lyft, Uber, cabs, buses or trains.

Tickets for the 10th annual Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival are on sale now, with a limited number of Early Bird tickets available for $45 that include a complimentary VIP upgrade. Otherwise, general admission is $45, VIP is $65, non-tasting tickets are $25 each and those age 7 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. A portion of the proceeds go to Big Brother Big Sister of Orange County and Inland Empire.

Brew Ha Ha is “a rain or shine event” that kicks-off at 11 a.m. for VIP guests and noon for general admission. The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

For tickets or more festival information, visit www.ocbrewhaha.com.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

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