Suds galore

Boomtown Brewery will be one of dozens of breweries at the upcoming South Bay Beer and Wine Festival on May 20. Photo courtesy Boomtown Brewery

By Richard Guzman

riguzman@scng.com

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Whether you’re a foodie, craft beer enthusiast or wine connoisseur, the South Bay Beer and Wine Festival pretty much has you covered.

The fifth annual event, which is for the 21 and over crowd, returns to Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates on Sunday, May 20, with a lineup of about 100 combined restaurants, breweries and wineries serving tastes of their goods from 1-5 p.m.

But unless you’re a world class competitive eater and drinker it’s going to be impossible to sample everything that’s going to be offered.

So to help you get the biggest bang for your tastebuds, here are some of the restaurants, breweries and wineries you definitely must try at the festival.

Their menus and drink offerings for the event aren’t set yet, but based on the reputation of these places, you’ll probably enjoy whatever they decide to bring.

The Food

Madre

This Torrance restaurant does Oaxacan food authentically right, as in even importing crickets from Oaxaca to serve in various dishes. Yes, crickets, and they’re good. You can’t go wrong with any of their other dishes either, so don’t worry if the little critters don’t make it out to the festival.

Primal Alchemy Catering

Long Beach Chef Paul Buchanan is a roaming culinary star whose catering company is laser-focused on seasonal local ingredients. Never miss a chance to taste his food wherever he happens to pop up.

El Pollo Inka

If you haven’t tried Peruvian food, it’s about time to fix that mistake. This Torrance restaurant specializes in Peruvian rotisserie chicken, which is marinated in citrus juices and is unlike any typical rotisserie chicken you’ve ever had.

The Beer

Beachwood Brewing

This Long Beach brewery wins so many awards for all sorts of beers that no matter what styles they bring they will probably be some of the best beer you’ve ever tasted.

Three Weavers

IPA fans will want to try beers from this Inglewood brewery since that makes up some of its best core brews. They also have a few seasonal beers out now, including Return of the Sassy, a rye IPA that will hopefully return to the beer fest this weekend.

Boomtown Brewery

The brewers at downtown L.A brewery do a little bit of everything and they do it right. You like strong Belgians? They have one that will take you down called the Submission. Are Mexican lagers your thing? They serve a delicious one called the Bad Hombre. And for IPA fans they have a seasonal hazy double IPA called District Haze.

The Wine

Herzog Wine Cellars

Seeking kosher wines? Why yes, pour some because that’s what this Oxnard winery has been doing for decades.

Rebel Coast Winery

What’s so rebellious about this Rancho Palos Verdes winery? Well, they do make a marijuana-infused wine. There’s no word on whether they’ll actually bring any of it to the festival, but hey, it’s worth a shot to check them out.

San Antonio Winery

This downtown L.A.-based winery has been in continuous business since 1917, even surviving prohibition thanks to the the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which granted the winery special permission to make wines for sacramental and ceremonial purposes.

So come reward the winery’s persistence by tasting some of the heavenly wines.

When: 1-5 p.m. May 20

Where: Ernie Howlett Park, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

Tickets: $75 for general admission, $114 for VIP to enter at noon.

Information: www.sbbeerwinefest.com

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