The second annual Driftwood at Doheny State Beach brought 16,000 fans together in scenic Dana Point, CA on Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th for a Veterans Day Weekend celebration of country music, California-focused craft beer, and BBQ on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
The festival featured headlining sets from Chase Rice and Kip Moore, performances from nearly a dozen others including Frankie Ballard, Dan + Shay, Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn and A Thousand Horses, plus 3 hours of craft beer sampling each day for fans 21+, including the festival’s exclusive Artifex Brewing Driftwood Country Blonde (a 5.5% honey blonde ale that goes down smooth and crisp with hints of honey).
As a brewery coming to this festival, it is one of my favorite venues because of how gorgeous the scenery is. I mean, who doesn’t like drinking craft beer on a beach with live music,” says Nicholas Cordato, co-founder of Artifex Brewing. “The Driftwood Country Blonde was a big hit for the crowds. The name alone really made people feel like they were a part of the festival and beer community. We had people coming up to our booth asking, ‘Did you make this beer for this festival?’ Yes we did! Thanks for coming out and supporting us and all the craft beer here.”
During his Saturday performance at Driftwood at Doheny State Beach, Frankie Ballard commented, “This is the most beautiful show I’ve been part of; my heart is bursting with joy.”
The full lineup for Driftwood at Doheny State Beach included headliners Chase Rice and Kip Moore, plus Frankie Ballard, Dan + Shay, Cassadee Pope, Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses, Canaan Smith, RaeLynn, Lit, Caroline Jones, Mark Mackay, and Gethen Jenkins, along with 35 breweries and over 100 craft beers from Southern California and beyond. Driftwood at Doheny State Beach attendees also enjoyed BBQ and other food offerings from Back Yard BBQ, Barrett’s Sausage King, Corn Dogs Gone Wild, Hero’s BBQ, Meat Up BBQ Truck, Spicy Pie, and TLC’s Sidewalk Café.
If you love country music and craft beer, Driftwood at Doheny delivers…Every time I go to a festival, I always ask myself if I would go again. In the case of the Driftwood Doheny Country Music, Craft Beer and BBQ Festival, the answer is ‘Hell yes!’” states Ron Watt from My Firkin Beer Blog.
A portion of the proceeds from Driftwood at Doheny State Beach will be donated to the San Onofre Parks Foundation…a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks…and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories.
The Driftwood Festival also debuted as a one-day event in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, November 11th with performances from Kip Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Janson and more…