Monterey Beer Festival
- When: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
- Where: Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey
- Cost: $40 - $60
- Age limit: 21+
- Categories: Culinary
Big like 80 breweries. Big like Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Deschutes Hophenge. Big like Tom Petty, U2 and AC/DC all on one bill—or at least what feels like it as the tribute bands team up with a few sudsy ones). Big like the flavor in Cannery Row Brewing Company sliders and 101 Tacos' carnitas. Big like 5,000 people. Big like 6'5", 275-pound celebrity host Frank "Big Hurt" Thomas. Big like the booties on the Big Hurt Girls. Big like the 200-beer-strong selection at Post No Bills in Sand City, where there's a preparty Friday, with Dory Ford cooking, Thomas pouring drafts and all sorts of beer specials. Welcome to the big time. [MCA]
5pm-midnight Fri pre-party; 12:30-5pm Sat (11:30am VIP area opens). Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road, Monterey. $40/general; $60/VIP; food extra. 373-2843, www.montereybeerfest.com