20th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Fest

2016 Boonville Beer Festival Poster

One of the oldest beer festivals on the west coast turns 20 years old this year. Held every year in the little town of Boonville, California, the 20th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival returns on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds and hosted by Anderson Valley Brewing Company, the Legendary Boonville Beer Fest is like no other. With 85 breweries currently signed up to pour its beers at the afternoon festival that runs from 1:00 to 6:00pm, this year’s fest is sure to please. With unlimited tastings and a campground next door this is a trip that is well worth the travel it takes to get to Boonville.

The Legendary Boonville Beer Festival is a non-profit event. Entry is $45.00 and tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. Tickets are also available for purchase in the Anderson Valley Brewing tasting room from 11:00am – 6:00pm each day. Tickets will also be available at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds box office on the day of the festival for $60.00.

To attend the Legendary Boonville Beer Festival you must be 21 or older to attend and you must have a photo I.D. to be admitted. No infants, toddlers, dogs or glass containers are allowed. Gates open at 12:45pm and taps open at 1:00pm and close at 5:00pm and the festival grounds close at 6:00pm.

Roaming music at the Legendary Boonville Beer Fest. (photo by Angelo De Ieso)

2016 Attending Breweries

  • 101 North Brewing Company
  • 21st Amendment
  • 2 Town Cider House
  • Ale Industries
  • Allagash Brewing
  • Altamont Beer Works
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company
  • Bagby Beer
  • Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits
  • Base Camp Brewing
  • Beach Chalet
  • Bear Republic
  • Big Sky Brewing Company
  • Black Diamond Brewery
  • Blue Frog Brewing Company
  • Calicraft
  • Campbell Brewing Company
  • Carneros Brewing
  • Central Coast Brewing
  • Cooperage Brewing
  • Crispin Cider
  • Corralitos Brewing Company
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
  • Diving Dog Brewhouse
  • Drakes Brewing Co.
  • Dust Bowl Brewing Company
  • Eel River Brewing
  • Einstok Beer
  • E.J.Phair
  • Epidemic Ales
  • Faction Brewing
  • Fifty Fifty Brewing Company
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker
  • Fogbelt Brewing Co.
  • Fort Point Beer Company
  • Founders
  • Georgetown Brewing Company
  • Gowans Cider
  • Great Basin
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • HenHouse Brewing Company
  • Hop Dogma Brewing
  • Hop Oast Pub and Brewery
  • Hop Valley Brewing Company
  • Independent Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas
  • Linden Street Brewery
  • Mad River
  • Mare Island Brewing Company
  • Marin Brewing
  • Mendocino Brewing Company
  • Moonlight Brewing
  • Moylan’s Brewing
  • Napa Smith Brewery
  • Nectar Creek
  • Ninkasi
  • North Coast Brewing
  • Oskar Blues
  • Out of Bounds Brewing Company
  • Pike Brewing Company
  • Redwood Curtain
  • Russian River
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  • San Francisco Mead Company
  • Shanty Shack Brewing
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Societe Brewing Co.
  • Sonoma Cider
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing
  • Speakeasy Ales and Lagers
  • St. Florian’s Brewery
  • Stumptown Brewery
  • Stone Brewing Company
  • Tahoe Mountain Brewing
  • Tap It Brewing
  • Third Street Aleworks
  • Track 7 Brewing Company
  • Triple Voodoo Brewery
  • Trumer Pils USA
  • Two Rivers Cider Company
  • Uinta Brewing
  • Uncommon Brewers
  • Woods Beer
Attendees at the 2011 Legendary Boonville Beer Fest. (photo by Angelo De Ieso)

Since the Legendary Boonville Beer Fest is located in a very remote area securing some lodging or camping sites is a must. Boonville is quite remote and after an afternoon of sampling an almost endless supply of the various beers a nearby stay is ideal. Here are a few of the Boonville area camping and lodging. Book early, as these will not last very long.

Mendocino Fairgrounds Camping
Located adjacent to the beer festival at 14400 Hwy 128, camping is available on a first come, first serve basis. RV hook-ups available. Remember, there are no dogs allowed at the Fairgrounds. For Rates and Reservations, call Dolly at (760) 861-4046.

Hendy Woods State Park
Multiple campsites and cottages available.  Shuttle service to-and-from the festival available for a fee. Click here for reservations. The park is located at 18599 Philo-Greenwood Rd. Philo, CA 95466, (707) 895-3141.

Indian Creek County Park
Indian Creek Park offers running water, picnic tables, clean restrooms, camp fire pits, BBQ grills and a resident caretaker. Campground rates are $25.00 per night, per vehicle. For reservations, call Mendocino County Parks Office at (707) 463-4441.

Wild Iris Retreat Cottages
We have 300 acres of gardens, vineyards, and hiking trails, an outdoor saltwater pool, an outdoor spa, and lots of peace and quiet. Just one mile up the road from 128. We have two cottages, and each room comes with complimentary organic granola, milk, coffee, and a bottle of our own Wentzel vineyards wine. For reservations, call 707-339-8250.


After a weekend in Boonville you may end up learning the local language known as Boontling. As you too will be saying, “The bahlest steiner hornin’ chiggrul gormin’ tidrick in the heelch of the Boont Region!”

Mendocino County Fairgrounds
14400 Highway 128
Boonville CA 95415