30 independent craft brewery companies from throughout California have been selected to take part in the festival this year. "It's pretty awesome having a local festival up here in Kernville. It's a pretty easy one to draw other brewers from San Diego, from Los Angeles like people want to come up to the mountains they want to get up here," Kern River Brewery Company Owner Rebecca Giddens said.
All proceeds will go to the Kern River Conservancy non-profit organization, which is a team of local volunteers from Kern County who spend their time each year keeping the Kern River and the surrounding areas clean. Last year the festival donated $15,000 to the Keepers of the Kern, which is another preservation non-profit organization. Each year a different stand out non-profit is chosen to receive proceeds from the event.
Founder of the Kern River Conservancy, Gary Ananian said he is thrilled to be recognized for clean up efforts and that all proceeds will also be put back into the Kern County community, "Keeping the Kern River clean, fulfilling our mission to protecting recreation for everyone in Kern County and California to enjoy the Kern River."
Lengthwise Brewery Company sales manager, Chris Perier also said the festival is helping bring tourism to Kernville as well as create a reputation for Kern County Brewers, "So folks when they are traveling from up north they'll head down to San Diego where there is a mecca of breweries and they'll also know to stop in Bakersfield hit a few places and stay the night."
The festival also gives brewers a chance to learn more about the 26 billion dollar industry fueling the beer market and that's also bringing new jobs to places like Kern County, "It's always giving us ideas of something to brew, something else that might be interesting for the public, what people are gravitating towards, what they're not gravitating towards,"Giddens said.
Organizers said that last year over 700 people attended the festival and they expect more this year. There will also be a service that will shuttle people from anywhere in Kernville to the Festival Saturday October 20.