Sip Local Craft Beers At CleanWaterFest To Keep Our Beaches Clean

CleanWaterFest 2012 (Photo courtesy of Orange County Coastkeeper)

Every second Saturday of the month, Orange County Coastkeeper rallies Huntington Beach residents to clean a local beach. Volunteers comb the sand for two hours, collecting rubbish and leaving only footprints on the newly laundered grains. With numerous other projects aimed at protecting and preserving all of Orange County's bodies of water in the works, the nonprofit will host its second annual CleanWaterFest on Saturday, October 19—just one day after the Clean Water Act's 41st birthday. All craft beer-loving guests are required to do is drink, and we're giving a way of pair of tickets to help two do-gooders do so.

A total of 11 Orange and San Diego microbreweries will pour two craft brews each during the fall fundraiser via four-ounce tasters. That's 88 ounces of delicious local beer, friends. Tickets cover 10 tasters, and each additional sampling can be purchased for $2. Participating breweries include Noble Ale Works, Anaheim; Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego; Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach; Haven Gastrobpub, Orange; Bootlegger's Brewery, Fullerton; Cismontane Brewing Company, Rancho Santa Margarita; Stone Brewing Co., Escondido; Pizza Port Brewing Company, Solana Beach; The Bruery, Placentia; Tustin Brewing Company, Tustin; and Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Redlands.

Of course, an October craft beer event would not be complete without honoring Oktoberfest, and Noble Ale Works will release its limited Oktoberfest brew at the festival. Another necessity—food–will be available for purchase from local eateries including Brew Hawg BBQ & Brewing Co.BITE ME FoodsGarlic Scapes, Rubio’s and HB's own Slater’s 50/50. Expect raffles and giveaways, too.

Tickets cost $35 online and $40 at the door (designated drivers pay $20), and 86 cents of every dollar benefits OC Coastkeeper and its green mission to keep OC's beaches and marine life happy and healthy. OC Coastkeeper will shave $5 off the $35 ticket price for participants in the Huntington State Beach cleanup on Saturday, October 12. We'll be giving away a pair of fest tickets on our Facebook page on Friday, October 11, at 10 a.m., so be sure to follow us and keep your eyes peeled for our post.

CleanWaterFest will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.  in the campus quad of Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, a location with a special connection to the nonprofit. OC Coastkeeper Executive Director Garry Brown says in a release, "We are also excited to utilize Whittier Law School’s beautiful campus, where we just established the Coastkeeper Environmental Water Law Clinic."

While clean water everywhere is crucial, it's especially important to beach city economies. Newly minted OC Coastkeeper Board Chair Steve Bone talks about the connection between conservation and economy in an informative EcoWatch article. "Dirty water and closed beaches due to bacteria and contamination will smear beach cities' reputations and severely damage the tourism industry," says Bone, who uses HB as a prime example: 

In Huntington Beach alone, ten miles of uninterrupted beachfront draw an annual visitor population of more than 16 million people. Tourists flock to these beaches from around the world expecting our beautiful sand and surf. The city's annual U.S. Open of Surfing alone wrangled in $21.5 million in spending throughout Orange County, with $16.5 million in Huntington Beach.

OC Coastkeeper has also teamed up with Shipley Nature Center and Surfrider Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter to bring the acclaimed water conservation documentary Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West to HB on Thursday, October 24. For more information on the free screening, check out our coverage here



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