Monday, April 22, 2024

For the love of horror and hops: Over 40 breweries invade Long Beach for Halloween Hootenanny


The crew that brought Long Beach its first major beer festival, Halloween Hootenanny, during the pandemic last year—Festival Obscura founders and 4th Horseman co-owners Martin and Ryan Hughes-Svab along with Craft Beer LB founder Dennis Trilles—are yet again returning to bring Long Beach one of its best beer festivals.

Come Oct. 22, Halloween Hootenanny will invade the Museum of Latin American Art from 1PM to 5PM.

Not only are the Hughes-Svab duo an essential part of the craft beer community—Martin opened Phantom Carriage in its wee days—but with Trilles, they’ve been serving the craft beer community for well over a decade.

Combine this with their love for the macabre—if you have been the lone soul that hasn’t ventured into The 4th Horseman and its adjoining Dark Art Emporium, you’re missing out on a pizzeria-gone-horrorcore in every possible best sense of those words—and you’re looking to something similar to last year’s festival but more amped up.

This particularly includes the food: Barbecue masters (and now full-on restaurant) Shady Grove Foods will be at the pit yet again as will smash burger master Jairo Bogarin of Hamburgers Nice, celebrating three years of a cult-like following. For these two especially, get your food on before it’s too late; both sold out last year.

Joining them as staples of the festival is Whale Face Musubi, likely only second to Fonda Tobalá as the best musubi in the city.

Two new highlights include sourdough pizza master Josh Winters of Speak Cheezy will be at this pizzeria-on-wheels slinging up pies while another Josh—Chef Josh Haskal of Breakfast Dreams—will be creating his vastly underrated food magic.

Fatty Mo’s Ice Cream & Cookies—creating some of the best ice cream sammies in Long Beach—will also be on hand to kill your inner sweet tooth. And joining them will be vegan joint Leaf Over Beef.

The list of breweries, cideries, wineries, and kombucha makers—but especially the breweries—is a beautiful spotlight on Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, and every other part of California’s grasp on independent beer.

Just look at this list of libation producers:

  • Radiant
  • Everywhere
  • Bravus
  • Tortugo
  • Cellador
  • Long Beach Beer Lab
  • Chapman
  • Ten Mile
  • Three Weavers
  • Vampire
  • Kyla
  • Cali Craft
  • Hopsaint
  • Delerium
  • Shipyard
  • RIIP
  • Frogtown
  • Eureka!
  • Common Space
  • Burnin Daylight
  • Smog City
  • Beachwood
  • The Blendery
  • Hofbrau
  • Syncopated/Dutch’s
  • Ficklewood
  • Paperback
  • Trademark
  • Unity Vibrations
  • Project Barley
  • Hi-Def
  • Sofee Coffee
  • Sangre De Tigre x 2
  • La Jara
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Stereo
  • The Bruery/Offshoot
  • Pure Project
  • Eagle Rock
  • Bottle Logic
  • Norwalk Brewhouse
  • Browerij West
  • Honest Abe

Vendors include:

  • Dark Art Emporium
  • Memento Mori
  • Death By Chocolate
  • Error 1984
  • Miss Kelly
  • Stay Anchored
  • Mood Poison
  • Dark Parks
  • The Art of Sketch
  • Bat in Your Belfry
  • Play it By Fear
  • The Last Girls Club
  • LB Living
  • 45 Revolutions
  • Mystic Rebel
  • Memento Mori Goods

Go get yer hootenanny’n’hops on, Long Beach.

Tickets are available here.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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