Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest – Take 2


Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 7th Annual Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe. You couldn’t have picked a better weekend for roaming around the Village at Squaw Valley to listen to live bands and sample micro brews, the weather was delightfully warm and the beer was perfectly cold. I decided to make the trek to Tahoe with fellow Sacfoodie Brittany and friends after reading her praise of last year’s festival.


The two-day event, which seems to appeal to locals and visitors alike, consists of free live performances by numerous bands on two stages and more than a half dozen participating breweries serving up their brews on tap from beer tents (or beer barrels – as in photo above). For an affordable $10, I picked up a festival mug and two beers, in addition to the $5 suggested donation at entry. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, which certainly helps explain the festival’s pet-friendly atmosphere.

Our first stops included the Black Diamond booth for a mug of their Hefeweizen (for the girls) and the hot dog stand for a Polish dog smothered in grilled peppers and onions (for the boys). We also popped into the Blue Coyote Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy a steaming basket of Cheesy Poofs – deep fried Kraft-style macaroni and cheese triangles – which were to-die-for after a long afternoon of beer tasting. After a wonderful weekend with good food, great beer and even better company, I can’t wait for next year!

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  • Brittany | Aug 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    What I wouldn’t give for a cheesy poof right now . . .

  • Jenna | Aug 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Mmm… cheesy poofs.

  • Anthony | Aug 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Do you remember what other microbreweries were there? Looks like fun!

  • Jenna | Aug 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    It was fun! 🙂 A few others that we remember visiting were Lagunitas, Deschutes and New Belgium, along with Black Diamond. There were a handful of others, as well.