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Eleven Breweries Scheduled to Compete in the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival

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Eleven Breweries Scheduled to Compete in the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival’s “Best in Fest” Brew Competition on Saturday, April 30th

Camarillo, CA – On Saturday, April 30th, the 2016 “Best in Fest” Brewery Competition of the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival (scheduled for Sunday, June 5th) will take place at an undisclosed location. Curtis Taylor of has coordinated the competition which will include eleven local craft breweries who will each provide samples of their finest brew to be blind judged by four brew experts – Erin Peters, columnist and beer blogger, also known as “The Beer Goddess;” Lisa “Monie” Wickenden, beer specialist for the Wine Warehouse; Santa Barbara’s Zachary Rosen, a Certified Cicerone®, beer event host, consultant, beer educator and writer; and *Kevin Pratt, also a Certified Cicerone®, and head brewer at the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. Kevin is the second highest ranked BJCP judge in the United States. *Please Note: As of April 27th Kevin Pratt will not be participating.

Participants in the 2016 Wine, Food & Brew Festival “Best in Fest” brew competition include:  Enegren Brewing Company, Institution Ale Company, Five Threads Brewing Company, MadeWest Brewing Company, Topa Topa Brewing Company, The Lab Brewing Company, Surf Brewery, Island Brewing Company, Smoke Mountain Brewery, Ladyface Ale Companie, and Tap It Brewing Company. Entries from the brew masters will be judged on style, aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression. The judges will award first, second, and third places and the winner will be awarded the first place prize during the Wine, Food & Brew Festival on June 5th. The winning brew will also be paired with a dinner course at the behind-the-scenes 3rd annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner, a $200 per person event, taking place two nights prior to the Festival on June 3rd.

If you are interested in covering this exciting preview event of the Wine, Food & Brew Festival, please contact Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, or email her at for details on the time and location of the competition.
The Wine, Food & Brew Festival itself will take place on Sunday, June 5th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at California State University Channel Islands and will feature more than 85 restaurants and 150 wines, brews, and beverages. Live entertainment, an extensive silent auction, and the Yummie culinary competition will round out the exciting events of the day. Tickets are on sale - $125 General Admission ($150 at the door) and $250 for VIP tickets. To purchase tickets visit the Festival website at  In addition, the Festival is still welcoming exhibitors and sponsors, so it’s not too late to sign up and connect your name or business with this “Can’t Miss” event. Take advantage of some great sponsorship opportunities! For exhibitor or sponsorship information, contact Casa Pacifica Event Coordinator, Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014, or visit the Festival exhibitor and sponsor pages at

Casa Pacifica encourages all Festival-goers to participate responsibly. Roundtrip reservations are available thru the Roadrunner Safe Ride Program by calling (805) 389-8196, or visiting
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About Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica or to learn about its “Building New Foundations of Hope” Capital Campaign that is underway, please visit its website or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.