When Beer Lands was Born

Aug 08, 2014 © Brian Stechschulte Category: Places

Beer Lands

A couple years ago I covered the introduction of Beer Lands at Outside Lands, which was the first time craft beer was featured at the enormous music festival in Golden Gate Park. Beer Lands was just a fraction of the total beer offerings at the event, and it was wildly successful. At the start of day two in 2012, they had already poured 75% of the beer that was allocated for the entire weekend. It was a seminal moment in California craft beer and a big indicator at the time of where the industry was and is currently headed. Here’s a portion of I what I wrote:

Craft beer milestones are usually marked with dollar signs, percentages and the number of new breweries. We have the Brewers Association to thank for collecting and dispersing this data in shiny pie charts and graphs. They illustrate a great story in simple, straightforward terms, but they don’t tell you where craft beer is finding new niches, broad exposure and courting new fans.

In San Francisco last weekend, while serious beer fans were toasting Toronado’s 25th Anniversary, an even bigger event for local craft beer, in the grander scheme of growth, was taking place in Golden Gate Park. Organizers of the Outside Lands music festival finally carved out a place for craft beer at the event. Heineken’s exclusive contract was over and Beer Lands was born. It was the last piece in a puzzle of San Francisco centric gourmet food and beverage options for thousands of attendees, and by the end of the three day festival, it was clear that demand wildly exceeded expectations.

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Kegs - Outside Lands

  • TastingNitch

    There is a theme park called, “The Holy Land,” which makes be wonder why there has yet to be created a place called, “Beer Lands,” featuring all the things adult beer drinkers dream of. Beer slides, chocolate stout dipped apples and characters dressed like Garrett Oliver walking around to hug and take pictures. You photos are beautiful, this Beer Lands isn’t want I clicked hoping it would be, but when the park does open, I’d hope your photography will be part of the celebration. Cheers! -N

    • AllOverBeer

      Thanks, and sorry to disappoint you! I also dream of a day when beer drinkers will be able to frolic in a theme park dedicated to beer