The first Buellton Brew Fest, which launched the Santa Ynez Valley's "Craft Beer Week" on Saturday, May 12, at River Park, was a sell-out hit, organizers said. The one-day Brew Fest sold 1,000 tickets, said Holly Todd, director of the Buellton Beer Fest, who described the festival as one that "not only showcased some of the best craft brews in the state, but the amazing beers provided locally. We are already looking forward to May 2013," next year's event, she said.

The Buellton Beer Fest included 22 breweries, among them local brewers Figueroa Mountain, Firestone, Solvang Brewing and Tap It. Others from the region, and California, were San Diego's Stone Brewing Company, Mendocino Brewing Company, Blue Moon, Island Brewing Company, Sam Adams and many more.

Buellton-based Avant Tapas & Wine Bar provided lunch to all attendees, while the Chef’s Touch of Solvang provided free samples of its beer chili, and Doc Bernstein’s was on hand with a Guinness ice cream, Todd noted.

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