1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.


Discussion in 'US - Pacific' started by Travisnin, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Travisnin

    Travisnin Savant (255) Idaho Oct 10, 2010

    Hey, I am going to be heading to CA for Coachella music festival. Are there any gems in or around Palm Springs that I need to hit up? Is Bevmo going to be my best bet for bottle shops? Does anybody know if the Bevmo in la Quinta is better then the total wine in Vegas?
  2. I would also like to know, since ill be going to Coachella next week.

    I'm going on weekend 1 and I was wondering if anyone else here is going. Perhaps we can do a Coachella beer share on the day before (thursday) Coachella starts?
  3. riko

    riko Savant (290) California Jan 18, 2008

    The beer options in that area aren't great. I've learned it's best to bring your own from home. If you're coming from out of state and flying directly to Palm Springs and don't want to bring bottles with you, the Bevmo in La Quinta is OK, but you won't find anything rare there. If you're flying to LA, Ontario or another airport and driving to Indio, and don't want to bring bottles on your flight, you're best off buying beer in that city before driving to the desert.
  4. You have Ace Hotel in Palm Springs good taps

    Schmidys in Palm Desert

    Yardhouse in Rancho Mirage...
  5. Anyone on there way to Coachella for weekend 2? I have two 24 packs of PBR and Jameson. Will be there later tonight.
  6. riko

    riko Savant (290) California Jan 18, 2008

    Leaving tomorrow morning. I'll be the guy in line drinking Cantillon from a Big Gulp cup haha.
  7. Went last Saturday and ended up getting trashed off of Strongbow in the VIP and felt 16 again when I saw Descendents. And then went home with a bad back. All in all a good day ...
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  8. The only beer options that you have (general admission) are Heineken and Heineken light. I had a hard time getting drunk at coachella, due to all the walking around and staying hydrated. I'm glad I didn't get a hangover though.
  9. I've heard The Beer Hunter isn't too bad for draft stuff - http://www.laquintabeerhunter.com/. But then again they don't even have a full beer list on their website, so maybe take this recommendation with a grain of salt.
  10. Miruguy

    Miruguy Aficionado (230) California Nov 22, 2010

    Descendents were one of my favorites of the weekend (which is probably because I was one of the oldest people at Coachella - the last time I saw them was in '82). Although the nice thing about being one of the oldest is that there were pretty much no crowds for any of the bands I wanted to see. I agree that it's tough to get drunk there - the Heineken is ok for quenching thirst, but not something I want to drink in large quantities. Not to mention the fact that you have to drink in designated areas and can't really walk around with a beer.
  11. So true that the crowds for the bands that you wanted to see were small. Got there right after Trash Talk was done playing, so bummed that I missed them (since I havent seen them in a couple years), but did catch The Evens which was cool. Descendents was by far the best set of Saturday ... They were great. Strongbow was an ok choice in the VIP i guess, but they did have mixed drinks as well.
  12. riko

    riko Savant (290) California Jan 18, 2008

    I've been told they added Newcastle this year. While it's not my favorite, I'd pick it over Heineken...
  13. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Texas Sep 15, 2012

    They did. I just brought my own beer and drank before going into the festival. I maintained a buzz for a while and then started to drink water for the rest of the day, and then drank again at night. Restroom lines were never an issue either. I ended up meeting a fellow beer advocate who camped nearby, he spotted me drinking a Ten Fidy.
  14. Trash Talk's set was legendary. Descendents were great. Social D played a great set though it was short. So many good bands. Fun weekend minus all of the dust. That sucked.
  15. anyone knows what craft beer / beer vendors will be showing up at coachella 2014 ???
  16. For the main beer choices this year it will be Heineken / Heineken Light / Heineken Dark ... There will be craft beers in the VIP areas, but it is usually decided on last minute
  17. riko

    riko Savant (290) California Jan 18, 2008

    Reportedly in the welcome guide that came with this year's wristbands is this mention:
  18. nogidrew86

    nogidrew86 Savant (250) Nevada Aug 16, 2010

    Total Wine in henderson (Las Vegas) is much better than the La Quinta Bevmo.
  19. Well that's kind of awesome. Campground or festival? Though I'm not sure if it really matters too much. I'll mostly likely be sticking to Modern Times and Pizza Port since they'll be much cheaper than what they're selling.
  20. Catchy_Name

    Catchy_Name Savant (460) California Dec 21, 2011

    Make sure you bring 6 packs of Evil Twin Hipster Beer in cans to match the ambiance showcased at that concert.
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  21. Total Wine and La Quinta Brewing Co in Palm Desert. The Bevmo in La Quinta is the worst.
  22. http://www.laquintawine.com/ has a nice selection and is close to coachella. their latest email. other then this place is total wine in palm desert

    De La Senne Taras Boulba Extra Hoppy Ale 96 points RB

    Beer Here Autumnic Fallout Brown Ale 95 points RB

    Beer Here Hoptilicus American Strong Ale 96 RB

    Amager/Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Vaesel Brunch 100 RB

  23. $10 for 8 oz or 16 oz at the new craft tent. lots of so cal kegs. alesmith ballest stone. what i drank
    bruery oude tart with cherries
    bruery saison de lente
    Ommegang Three Philosophers
    bear republic red rocket ale
    port brewing mongo
  24. $10 for 8 or 16 oz? Duh...get the 16 oz
  25. ha, the size of the beer depended on the beer you wanted to drink. three philosophers and oude tart were 8 oz
  26. the selection was amazing
  27. Any details on guest taps, brewers this past weekend at Coachella's Beer Barn? Couldn't find anything online.
  28. danscott

    danscott Savant (335) California Jul 15, 2006

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  29. dcgunman

    dcgunman Savant (385) California Jul 1, 2009

    Curious, has anybody heard of or been to Babe's BBQ Brewhouse out in Rancho Mirage? Not really interested in their house brews but from what I was told they do serve guest beers. Will be doing another road trip out to Tucson/Phoenix area in Feb and will be passing by that area. Maybe for the food and a glass or 2.

  30. Your best bet for beers on tap is Eureka Burger in Indian Wells and Whole Foods in Palm Desert (both are on Hwy 111, not far from Babe's). Babe's has beers on tap besides their own, but it's usually limited to just a few. Eureka and WF each have over 20 taps and they usually have at least 1 or 2 from each local brewery (Coachella Valley Brewing, La Quinta Brewing, Babe's).
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  31. I'll be attending weekend 1 this upcoming year. I'm totally up for a bottle share or can share inside the camp grounds.