50 Reasons to Attend Twilight Tasting

Here are 50 reasons you should attend Twilight Tasting!


20 craft breweries: micro brews from Four Sons, Lagunitas, Firestone, Bootleggers, Drakes, Left Coast, Hangar 24, Stone, Barley Forge, Sierra Nevada, and more

5 Restaurants: exquisite cuisine from Stonefire Grill, Rubios, Sol Agave, and more

5 Wines: grape expectations from Ascension Cellars, Phantom, Our Daily Red, and more

4 Amazing Charities: Twilight Tasting’s proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish OC/IE, The Little Red Dog, Ocean Education Outreach, and the 1st Marine Division

4 Refreshing Hard Ciders: featuring Reverend Nats, Ace, Phantom Ales, and Woodchuck

3 Bakeries: confectionery delights from Paradise Bakery, Nothing Bunt Cakes, and more

1 Cheese Service (Cabot), 1 Artisanal Bread, and 1 6oz. Souvenir Tasting Glass

1 First-Class Access to a stunning WWII-era museum where attendees will find dozens of sampling vendors arranged under wings of rare operational aircraft, adjacent to riveted metal fuselages and amidst vintage military vehicles

1 Fabulous “Twilight Observation Deck” with views overlooking the entire venue and more vendor sampling food, beer, and wine

1 Over-the-top Band (Rockey’s Revival), 1 Silent Action and Raffle, 1 Vintage Theme, and 1 Unforgettable Evening


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Twilight Tasting hours are 5:00pm to 10:00pm (alcohol service ends at 9pm) on March 7th. Current online prices for all-inclusive are $80 with excellent group discounts available: prices will be higher at the door (if available). Right now use the code ’50REASONS’ to received 14% off your ticket. The event features “cocktail seating” and an open floor plan with reserved tables available for an additional fee. The Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Dr., Santa Ana. Attendees must be 21 or above. Visit http://www.tasteofbrews.com to purchase tickets or call (714)375-1132 for more information.

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Featured Brewery – Goose Island

We are excited to announce Goose Island will be participating at Twilight Tasting this year!

Featured imageGoose Island is known for their bourbon-aged beer. First they use a bourbon barrels that has been brewing whiskey for an average of 8 years. Then they age their beer inside for 8-12 months. Each barrel is used only once, ensuring the best quality taste in every pint.

Goose Island is also known for their barrel-aging process using wine barrels. The variety of wine barrels they have used has produced some of their more unique brews: the Sofie, Juliet, Lolita, Madame Rose, Gillian and Halia. Featured image

Two of their year around beers are the Goose IPA and Honkers Ale. The IPA is a hop lover’s dream with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle and long hop finish. The Honkers Ale was inspired by visiting English county pubs. It is a beer that you can trust and one you will look forward to time and time again.

Visit our website http://www.twilightasting.com if you still need to purchase your tickets!

Make-A-Wish Orange County & the Inland Empire

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We cannot express how excited we are to have Make-A-Wish as one of our charity partners for Twilight Tasting! We thought we would see what the Orange County and the Inland Empire chapter has been up to lately. If do not already know, Make-A-Wish “grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” New wishes are granted every day and thousands of wishes are granted every year!

10931114_10153002942502509_7291731823825979006_nThe Orange County and the Inland Empire chapter are responsible for granting over 5,000 of these wishes since the chapter opened. Last year the average cost to grant a wish was approx. $5,000 and about 300+ wishes were granted. This was all made possible by amazing people like you! If you would like to help make another wish come true for a child with a life-threatening medical condition, there are many ways in which you can do so! Some ways are: giving, donating (such as flight miles), fundraising, volunteering, adopting a wish, products and promotions, and last but not least, ATTEND AN EVENT.

Attending a Make-A-Wish event is easy and fun! For example, Twilight Tasting on March 7th. Come out to the Lyon Air Museum for unlimited craft beer, wine, cider, and food tastings all to help raise money to make another wish come true!

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You can purchase your tickets HERE! Use code “MAKEAWISH” at check out to donate 10% of you ticket sales to Make-A-Wish OC & IE.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Sierra Nevada started out with a simply goal, to brew the beer they wanted to drink. It started as a small scale brewery based in Chico, California. The company name came from the owner’s favorite hiking grounds in the nearby mountains and decided to launch Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Featured imageYears later Sierra Nevada moved to a larger location in Chico and opened the doors to its new taproom.They hit a major milestone in 1993 after producing 100,000 barrels! But demand was still high and they had to relocate yet again. They added another brewing location to the mix.

Sierra Nevada held the first ever Beer Camp at their brewery. Restaurateurs and bar owners came for a two day, hands on beer experience with the experts. The results were an Imperial Pilsner called Sierra Super 7. Beer Camp is a regular event for Sierra Nevada.Featured image

Sierra Nevada has three new beers making it out on the market. The Hop Hunter, Nooner Pilsner, and 2015 Beer Camp Hoppy Lager.

This well-off brewing company will be attending Twilight Tasting with the other amazing brewery. Lets hope we get to try the new crafts that are being released!

Woodchuck Hard Cider

Featured imageWoodchucks core ciders consist of their: Amber, Granny Smith, 802 Dark & Dry, Pear, Raspberry, and Hopsation. Amber was the first cider crafted by Woodchuck in 1991 in Proctorsville, Vermont. The recipe remains the same today as that first hand filled bottle. The Amber has a traditional red apple cider taste.

The Granny Smith is made from green apples which make for a tart yet crisp taste, then finishing with dry and tangy.

Featured imageOn February 4th, Woodchuck announced on Twitter that they will be coming out with a Gumption Hard Featured imageCider. No date has been announced, so be on the look out!

A date we can announce is March 7th, and that is when Woodchuck will be at Twilight Tasting for all of our attendees to try! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, go to http://www.twilighttasting.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes Bakery – Costa Mesa

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10931415_10152768214232023_2875548449162401841_nFor all of you with nothing bundt love for sweets, we are proud to announce that Nothing Bundt Cakes (Costa Mesa/Newport) is going to be serving tastings of their delicious cakes, bundtlets, and bundtinis at Twilight Tasting!
It all started in 1997, when Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz joined forces, or better yet kitchens, to help make cakes to entertain their friends and family. After their great success and the high demand for delicious bakery items, flash forward a few years and Nothing Bundt Cakes was born!

“At Nothing Bundt Cakes our goal is to create a cake that not only reminds you of home, but also opens you to a new world. And while that’s no easy request, the hand-crafted recipes of our founders, Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz, are more than up to the task. Each recipe only uses the purest ingredients; fresh eggs, real butter, and real cream cheese, all to bring you bundt cake perfection. Enjoy.”

10959893_10152787042377023_6675939924837263636_n“Step into a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery and let the aroma of freshly-baked Bundt stir your senses. Choose from ten luscious Bundt flavors and forty unique cake designs while you browse a treasure trove of unique gifts, charming cards and inspired decorator items. Our nostalgic décor and playful atmosphere make the perfect backdrop to your quest for Bundt perfection.” Since it is almost Valentine’s Day, make sure to stop by Nothing Bundt Cakes (Costa Mesa) to order some delicious treats that your special someone will be sure to nothing bundt LOVE! Also, don’t miss this mouth watering treat at Twilight Tasting!

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Buy your Twilight tickets HERE! 

Featured Brewery – Phantom Ales

Phantom Ales is a very active brewery; always having fun events for their guest. Between the Hop Wars and their Brew Hop, I don’t know why everyone would leave this place. Featured image

Featured imageAre you interested in brewing your own beer? Well go down to Phantom Ales and they will help you out! They teach you how to brew on their pilot system under the guidance of one of their brewers. Once your beer is done, it’s competition time. You compete against another brewer, and the winner of the whole competition gets to brew on Phantoms 3 BBL production system, their beer will be on tap, and you receive the title of a Phantom Brewer. Check out Phantoms Ales website to learn more about their Hop Wars! (www.phantomales.com)

Phantom also has a Brew Hop, which is a hop on hop off brewery tour. Their Brew Hop bus will Featured imagestop off at breweries close by every hour, if you want to get on, GREAT. If you want to stay and continue drinking, GREAT, because it will be back in an hour! The tour is what you make of it. They constantly change the schedule around so each day you can stop off at different breweries.

Phantom Ale produces about 90 gallons of beer a week, so their beers on tap change constantly. Here are some of the beer they produce: the Flying Brick IPA, Darth Malts Stout, Diable Hoppy Brown Porter, Dubbel, Revolution IPA, NZ Amber IPA, and the Saison.

Phantom Ales is bringing their craft beer, wine, and hard ciders to Twilight Tasting. Buy your tickets now to get the Valentine’s Day promotion! http://www.twilighttasting.com

Coronado Brewing Co

Featured imageBrothers Ron and Rick Chapman started their dream job in 1996 when opening their very own craft brewery. Coronado Brewing Co was born and was built in the heart of, you guessed it, Coronado, California. The brewery has quickly expanded over the year and recently built a brand new 30 barrel brew house.Featured image

This company has a deep connection with their hometown. Their trademark image is the lovely red haired mermaid. Legend has it that in San Diego Bay mermaids were surrounding the Coronado Island, and sang songs to keep sea explores safe. Because of this story, Coronado Brewing has embraced the mermaid as their trademark image.

Year around Coronado produces their- Coronado Golden Pilsner, Orange Ave Wit, Islander IPA, Mermaid’s Featured imageRed American Amber Ale, Blue Bridge Coffee Stout, and Idiot IPA.

Coming out soon is their Crown Series, Skull Wrapper IPA. Starting February 13th, this craft will be available only at their tasting room and Imperial Beach locations. Make a trip to Coronado or cross your fingers that they will bring their Skull Wrapper to Twilight.

To purchase tickets for Twilight Tasting visit http://www.tasteofbrews.com/twilight.html

Stonefire Grill – YUM!

Sisters Mary and Maureen Harrigan envisioned this fast-casual dining concept from growing up with a family of 11. The table was always filled with large plates, which had simple yet loved prepared food with both taste and budget in mind. In 2000, Stonefire Grill was made and now has seven locations in Southern California. Their goal is to have “freshly prepared and simply Featured imagedelicious meals – for their dine in, takeout, and catering guests.”

Stonefire Grill will be cooking up a storm at Twilight Tasting. We are excited to have StoneFire Grill attend Twilight for the second time. This year they are bringing their BBQ Tri Tip… just looking at the picture makes your mouth water! Featured image

To purchase your tickets for the event go to http://www.twilighttasting.com and be first in line to pig out to this amazing looking Tri Tip.

Featured Brewery – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

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“Hangar 24 craft brewery began with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends.”

Ben Cook, founder and master brewer of Hangar 24, used to gather with his buddies at hangar 24 after an afternoon of flying to share stories, play music, and drink some delicious brews that Ben had just finished making at home. With the grand opening in 2008, Ben chose the perfect location for Hangar 24, adjacent from the Redlands Airport. These great times and location are the foundation of what is, today, a more than great brewery!

10321507_10153053202117162_7884116969447844752_oNow, we know that the groundhog saw his shadow yesterday (which means six more weeks of winter, DARN!) but don’t worry because Hangar 24 has brought a little bit of spring to us early! The Hangar 24 California Spring Beer is here to refresh your palate from all of those darker, winter beers. “Pouring a hazy gold with a thick, white head, floral hop aromas spring from the glass to complement the taste of tangy wheat and a bitter, slightly sweet, bready finish.” Using a new recipe, this beer was fermented in two different batches, one using an American Ale yeast and the other using a Belgian Wit yeast. After the two separate batches were finished, they were blended together to create it’s complementary complex flavor.

You can now get this wonderful seasonal spring beer in 6 packs at Hangar’s tasting room! Also, Hangar 24 has about 8 tasty beers that are year round so make sure if you haven’t done so already, to head to the Hangar 24 tasting room or out to your local retail store to pick up a 6 pack of Hangar 24.

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Make sure not to miss unlimited Hangar 24 tastings at Twilight Tasting on March 7th! You can purchase tickets HERE! 

(photos from Hangar 24 Facebook)