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By Michael Clites

After being such an astounding hit last year, the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival will be returning for a second time around. On Saturday, May 24, Cal State University of Bakersfield will be hosting the festival at its amphitheater. With more than 30 breweries offering their craft beer on tap, the festival can guarantee an endless variation of delicious style and substance in the quest for new and unusual craft beers.

The goal of the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival is to continue to bring quality beer choices to all and introduce Bakersfield to the many breweries in attendance.  The festival does a good job incorporating the culture and style of Bakersfield into the event, which gives the breweries a warm welcome. Breweries like Firestone Walker, Lengthwise, and Kern River Brewing Company will all be in attendance as they were last year.

The event is all put on by the Benefit Bakersfield Foundation, which distributes funds raised to local Kern County nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on child and family services, shelter, and food. Local restaurants such as Moo Creamery, Jake’s Tex-Mex, Eureka! Restaurant and Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant are the sponsors who help make this event happen for the second time.

The festival should be a blast and could potentially help educate one about craft beers and inform about the many evolving microbreweries across the nation.