Monday, April 22, 2024

Three Long Beach craft beer vets take on Halloween and hops for 40-plus vendor beer festival at MOLAA

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“We’re pretty stoked—I mean, over 40 of the best breweries and wineries coming into Long Beach after having been gone so long… It really does bring a sense of return back, a sense of community, especially for the independent beer world. We’re tight-knit and always support one another.”

These are the words of Ryan Hughes-Svab, half of the husband-wife team at The 4th Horseman in DTLB, and one of craft beer’s most respected hop ladies. Her beau, Martin Svab, is also a craft beer vet, having opened Phantom Carriage in its wee days and 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—with the partnering of another craft beer vet, Dennis Trilles, and you have yourself what is easily one of the best beer festivals to come to Long Beach period—not just after the pandemic. 

This is the Halloween Hootenanny and it is here to both quench your thirst and fulfill your love affair with the scary.


“Over 40 of the best breweries and wineries coming into Long Beach after having been gone so long… It really does bring a sense of return back, a sense of community, especially for the independent beer world. We’re tight-knit and always support one another.” —Ryan Hughes-Svab, co-founder of Halloween Hootenanny


Not only will the food be fire—joining The 4th Horseman slinging out pies will be smash burger master Jairo Bogarín of Hamburgers Nice, Death by Chocolate Confectioners, and Harley Kat Designs—but the libations are beyond excessive in the best way possible.

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:

  • Ambitious Ales
  • Beachwood Brewing Co.
  • Beachwood Blendery
  • Boochcraft
  • Brouwerij West
  • Burnin’ Daylight
  • Calicraft
  • CANArchy
  • Cellador Ales
  • Chapman Brewing
  • Chimay
  • Congregation Ales
  • Dutch’s Brewhouse
  • Eagle Rock Brewery
  • Einstok
  • Eureka!
  • Ficklewood Cider
  • Firestone Walker
  • HofBrau
  • Hop Saint
  • Indie Brewing
  • Kyla Kombucha
  • Liberation Brewing Co.
  • Long Beach Beer Lab
  • Paperback
  • Pizza Port
  • Offshoot
  • Radiant Brewing
  • RIIP Beer Co.
  • Smog City Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Strange Beast
  • Syncopated
  • Ten Mile Brewing Co.
  • Three Weavers Brewing Co.
  • Topa Topa
  • Trademark Brewing
  • Unity Vibrations
  • The Bruery
  • Vampire Family Wines
  • Opaque
  • Rabble Wine Co.

Art and author vendors making up the Macabre Merchant Marketplace will include the aforementioned Dark Art Emporium, The Art Theatre Long Beach, Craft Beer LB, The Bitter Sisters, Memento Mori, Mood Poison, 45 Revolutions, Error 1984, Wicked Bones, Brian Asman, Below, The Art of the Sketch, Sex and Monsters, Stay Anchored Long Beach, Deadrockers, and Atomic Art & Music.

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

All guests receive a complimentary commemorative souvenir-tasting glass with unlimited sample pours. $45 General Admission provides access from 1pm to 5pm; $65 VIP Admission offers one hour earlier limited access. $20 Designated Driver tickets will also be available. Guests are invited to sample the festival’s libation offerings while enjoying the macabre marketplace, entertainment and culinary treats in the outdoor/indoor event space and one of a kind sculpture garden.

In accordance with current Covid-19 rules and regulations, proof of vaccination or a 72-hour negative COVID-19 test result will be required prior to entry. The Halloween Hootenanny is a 21+ or older event. Proceeds benefit a brighter future for MOLAA (501(c)3, non-profit). 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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