Noods on the Beach, With Beer! What the Ale!

SeaLegs Mexican Lager, brewed by Towne Park. Photo by Greg Nagel

There are some insane food festivals, but the one coming up in Huntington Beach might top them all. You might find yourself slurping endless ropes of noodles on a sandy beach while getting down to a set by DJ Snoopadelic with a can of craft beer in one pocket and your honey in the other.

Laid-back . . . (OC Weekly file photo)

Foodbeast’s Nood Beach Food and Music Festival kicks off on Sept. 1 at SeaLegs At the Beach, a venue perched oceanside, and I must say, I’m just as excited to hit a food event that isn’t on hot summer blacktop as I am to see Snoop.

Mess Hall Marketplace kalbi brisket garlic noods. Photo courtesy Foodbeast

Twenty chefs are throwing down the gauntlet of epic noodle dishes, including Slapfish, with a brown-butter lobster bucatini; Nitrolado, with a savory noodle doughnut; and the Golden Marrow, which offers truffle, garlic and dessert marrow options. Seriously—dessert marrow?

Towne Park’s Mexican Lager is the perfect noodle beer. Photo by Greg Nagel

The ultimate beer pairing for this hot-and-spicy noodle fest is undoubtedly a cold, crispy boi such as the SeaLegs Mexican lager, exclusively produced by Anaheim’s Towne Park Brew. The brewery has been unleashing batch after batch of revamped beers since hiring head brewer Andy Marshall. I’d go so far as to say Towne Park is Orange County’s most improved brewery overall, thanks to Marshall’s longtime experience and perseverance.

Mussels and Pearls is doing an old-fashioned beach-blanket-bingo clam bake. Photo courtesy Foodbeast

According to Towne Park owner Brett Lawrence, also available at the event will be the brewery’s IPA, blonde and “our huge 19.2 ounce canned michelada.”   

Tickets are on sale now via nood-beach.com: General admission costs $40, while VIP—which includes access to a private area and a complimentary beer tasting until 3 p.m. (cans can be purchased after)—is $80. Use code Foodbeast4 to save $10!

Greg Nagel has been writing about beer since 2011, is an avid homebrewer of wine, cider, and beer, is a certified Cicerone Beer Server, level 1 WSET in Wine, a podcaster with the Four Brewers Show, and runs a yearly beer festival called Firkfest happening on June 29th in Anaheim!

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