Fortunate Youth, The Expendables to headline Summer Roots Craft Beer & Music Festival

Orange County-based Brew Ha Ha Productions is bringing live music, craft beer and fans together again with its inaugural Summer Roots Craft Beer & Music Festival.

The all-ages event will take place Saturday, June 26, at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado from 1-8 p.m. (noon-8 p.m. for VIP ticketholders) and will feature performances by reggae and rock bands Fortunate Youth, The Expendables, Pacific Dub, Arise Roots, Eli-Mac, Bikini Trill and Roots of Mine.

After a year of postponing its events across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, Brew Ha Ha Productions is back at full steam. The company’s first show of the year is the Silverado Showdown with Nekromantix and Throw Rag on May 15 (no beer tasting at this event) and it announced new dates and lineups for its two-day music and craft beer Punk in the Park Festival with Pennywise and NOFX Nov. 6-7. Both events will take place at Oak Canyon Park.

“It feels amazing,” Brew Ha Ha Productions co-founder Cameron Collins said of being able to announce new events. “It feels like the lights just got turned back on and we’ve been living in darkness for the last year. We’re having a blast over here and we’re booking bands and venues all over the place and working frantically — like every promoter is right now — to try and make a 2021 because none of us knew a month and a half ago that there was even that possibility. It’s really exciting and the news that [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom announced for June 15 with the reopening gave all of us hope.”

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Those 21-and-older with a tasting pass at Summer Roots can enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 100 local and regional craft breweries including Bottle Logic Brewing, Artifex Brewing Company, Brewheim, Brewery X, Four Sons Brewing, Rad Beer Company, Stereo Brewing, Santa Monica Brew Works and more. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks and other vendors on site as well as the Golden State Cigar Lounge.

Tickets are $39-$59 for general admission and $99-$129 for VIP. Beer tasting passes are $5 per person 21-and-older. VIP patrons can enjoy unlimited beer tastings from noon-4 p.m. and general admission from 1-4 p.m. Beer will be available for purchase after 4 p.m. Parking is $20 per vehicle, cash only, in the adjacent lot. Tickets are on sale via summerrootsfest.com.

As the state begins to reopen, Brew Ha Ha Productions will continue to work with local health authorities to ensure the events are safe, in compliance with all local regulations and keep ticketholders up-to-date on any changes or on-site requirements through the official event website.

During the pandemic, Collins also partnered with local restaurateurs and brewers to open the Rad Brat restaurant in Dana Point and the Rad Beer Company will open in Anaheim this month. Despite the festival industry going dark, he said he was also able to spark new partnerships to co-promote events he’ll be doing across the country in 2022.

“I was telling my wife the other day that I know it has been a tough year, but in hindsight if we look back at what we’ve done during this pandemic, we were able to keep our company hanging together by threads, we got a restaurant open and a brewery opening,” he said. “We’re very fortunate to have been in a position where we could try to do these things and see if they worked and it formed new partnerships that have been a lot of relief because we’re not doing this alone and it’s been cool to have other people to lean on through this process.”

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