IN PICTURES: A practically spiritual experience at the California Craft Beer Summit

Although the original quote was actually about wine, a modified Benjamin Franklin saying has been passed around for many years: “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

As witnessed at the packed California Craft Beer Summit in Long Beach Saturday, masses of people must find some kind of truth to that erroneous paraphrase.

In that spirit, here’s some photos of the Craft Beer Summit you can enjoy with a beer quiz you can play with your drinking buddies. It’s a brewski contest that doesn’t involve ping pong balls.

Brian Avery of Bravery Brewing samples his own Cranberry-Tangerine IPA at the fourth-annual California Craft Beer Summit in Marina Green Park on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Q. Who was the craft brewer responsible for White House Honey Ale?

A. President Barack Obama brewed the first beer known to have been cooked up in the White House. Obama began making his craft brew in 2001. He made 10 gallons for a Super Bowl party.

Obama wasn’t the the first Commander in Chief microbrewer, however. That distinction goes to the very first president. Washington crafted beer and whiskey at Mount Vernon.

Taps Brewery was among the hundreds of brewers at the fourth-annual California Craft Beer Summit. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Q. The Budweiser Clydesdales delivered a wagon of beer to which famous address?

A. To celebrate the end of prohibition in 1933 August Busch delivered a wagon of ale to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the gift, after famously saying: “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

Hundreds showed up to sample brews. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Q. Who is the patron saint of brewers?

A. St. Arnold was a 6th century monk known for his hospitality.

A beer-drinking buddy quartet quaffs their beers in unison. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Q. What was Bluto Blutarski’s favorite kind of beer.

A. Free

Mary Carnes was among many who made their own pretzel palate cleansing necklace. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Q. A popular microbrew in England is Throw Away IPA. What is its secret ingredient?

A. Corn Flakes. Any of the cereal bits that are viewed as less than perfect by Kellogg’s are used for mash by the Seven Bro7hers Brewery. The beer has proven to be so successful they’re expanding to Rice Krispies and Coco Krispies.

A beer sampler showed proper beer-drinking etiquette by raising his pinky while sampling a brew. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Kim Singleton is the sales rep for Transplants Brewing company. The Palmdale-based brewer was one of dozens at the fourth-annual California Craft Beer Summit. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Skylee Minogue checks out a glass of beer while taking a break in the shade. Her owner jested that the dog prefers Puppy Pale Ales. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A craft beer fan takes a break in the shade. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

The Rare Barrel was popular at the fourth-annual California Craft Beer Summit in Marina Green Park. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Hundreds showed up to sample brews. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

Beers from the Tortugo Brewing Company have a turtle theme. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

A craft brew fan takes a break from tasting. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

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Bill Alkofer, a contributing photographer for the Long Beach Post, has been shooting pictures professionally for 38 years, including stints at the Orange County Register, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Daily News. If you see him out shooting photos, ask him why—and settle in for a very long and thorough answer.
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