The Brews & Bites booth is the first booth you’ll see upon walking down the main corridor towards Pacific Wharf. The booth claims “Frosh Beers and Good Cheer” under the title. While this booth definitely delivers on the options of brews, adding “Bites” to the title is a tad bold with only one option, the Chorizo Queso Fundido. Despite that this booth is always a hit and seems to constantly have a line of thirsty patrons throughout the Festival of Holidays.
Chorizo Queso Fundido with House-made Tortilla Chips – $6.75
This dish was returned from last year and it was easy to see why. Coming from someone who grew up in Wisconsin my standards for cheese are quite high and this was delicious. The texture was smooth and not greasy. The chorizo broke apart easily so that it could be distributed throughout the bowl and added a subtle sense of heat, but not overwhelming. The cilantro taste was a strong in some bites but could easily be left off if you are not a fan. The only place this fell a bit flat was with the chips. I wish it included the chips they use in the other Mexican restaurants at the parks that are heartier, but not a deal breaker by any means. At $6.75 I would definitely pick this up to pair with my favorite beer.
We did not sample any of the beers but they are offering 12 different craft beers frosty from the tap from all different areas of the country. They broke the beers into four different categories; all offered at $10.75.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Pilsner
North Coast Brewing Co. – Wheat
Brewery Ommegang – Aged Cherry Ale
Towne Park Brew Co. – Gose Fresca (Inaugural Launch)
Deschutes Brewery – Pale Ale
Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Amber Ale
Aftershock Co. – Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company – IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company – White IPA
Cigar City Brewing – Brown Ale
Karl Strauss Brewing Company – Golden Stout
Legends Brewery – Chocolate Cookie Milk Stout
There are two beer flights available for $14.50 including samples of four beers. Cast members seemed knowledgable about the different types of beers offered. There should be enough options to please even the pickiest beer drinker. Cheers!