Mammoth Lakes is currently hosting four days of beer and blues at Bluesapalooza 2022. From August 4-7, this event will showcase the best craft breweries in the country and top blues performers. With International Beer Day falling on the same weekend, what better way to celebrate than by enjoying some of the delicious beers offered at Bluesapalooza?

This performance-filled event takes place outdoors among the pines, so you can soak up the atmosphere while sampling some of the best brews. Whether you're a beer lover or a blues fan, this will surely be a weekend to remember!

Here are some flavor choices to ignite your blues-fueled weekend:

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Mammoth Brewing Company

Crafting mouth-watering beers since 1995, Mammoth Brewing Company uses only the finest local ingredients for their full range of microbrews. With years of experience and attention to detail, their efforts have resulted in award-winning beers reflecting the places they were born in, like the California Sierras. While at Bluesapalooza, boogie down and drink their fine beer.

Our Recommendation:

Bluesapalooza Summer Grog Double IPA • 8.7%
Bluesapalooza Summer Grog Double IPA is a bold and delightful fruity beer featuring notes of pineapple, mango, and melon, accented with a kick of grapefruit and citrus character. This summertime drink is golden orange in color and has enormous flavor. Bluesapalooza is delicious and refreshing, and sure to please any beer lover. So if you're looking for a great summer beer, check out Bluesapalooza Summer Grog Double IPA.

Distant Brewing

Opening in December 2019, owner and brewer Drew Wallace teamed up with his brother to create a space where they could experiment with new and exciting beer flavors while offering the community a brand new brewery experience in Mammoth Lakes. With a variety of beers usually not found in the area, Distant Brewing has become popular among locals and tourists alike. At Bluesapalooza, you can sample their exciting brew flavors and jam with your favorite blues artists.

Our Recommendation:

Distant Future • 6.6% abv
Distant Future is a hazy IPA brewed with Amarillo and Sabro hops, conditioned on toasted coconut. The result is a deliciously tropical IPA with citrus, pineapple, and coconut notes. It's the perfect beer for summertime sipping. So go ahead and crack one open, kick back, and enjoy the Distant Future!

Unparalleled Universe • 9.7% abv
Unparalleled Universe is a brand new triple IPA! This is Distant Brewing's first venture into triple brews, and they're incredibly excited about it. This hazy IPA is made with Motueka, Citra, and Nelson hops—making it perfect for those who love hoppy beers. Sure to be a favorite among hopheads, this will be a big hit at any party, including Bluesapalooza. So if you're looking for something new and exciting, make Unparalleled Universe your next big adventure.

Fresh Hops Ready to be used in a batch of Home Brew... India Pale Ale.
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Left Coast Brewing Company

Left Coast Brewing is a family-owned business that has been operational since 2004. The company is located in the picturesque surf town of San Clemente, CA, where it has won over 23 awards. Left Coast Brewing is constantly striving to find the best ingredients for their beer and invest passion into every pint they serve. They use innovative techniques to create new recipes that please the pallet, making Left Coast one of the most popular breweries. If you're in the mood for a great-tasting beer, check out Left Coast Brewing Company!

Our Recommendation:

Hop Juice Triple IPA • 10% abv
Hop Juice Triple IPA is a classic Imperial IPA with a solid malt foundation and a huge hop aroma. It's made with five different hop varieties, including Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, and Amarillo, and spends two weeks dry hopping in the fermenter. The result is a crisp, bitter beer that's perfect for hopheads. Hop Juice Triple IPA is sure to please, whether you're enjoying a cold one at home or at Bluesapalooza.

Docent Brewing

docent /ˈdōsənt/

A person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo (or brewery, as it turns out)

Brian Hendon, co-founder and idea man, started Docent Brewing with a mission, or beer philosophy in mind—to educate people about the craft beer movement while sharing a variety of interesting flavors of beer. The brewery offers high-quality artisan beers that explore different grain builds, yeasts, and hops in each one. Docent Brewing experts are always on hand to guide you through the lineup and variety of flavors. With uniquely crafted beers for fun situations like Bluesapalooza, let them guide you to your new favorite beer!

Our Recommendation:

Retreat IPA • 6.8% abv
Retreat IPA is delicious and refreshing—often likened to a southwest bitter cloudy IPA. The Nelson, El Dorado, and Pilsner malts work harmoniously to create a symphony of pineapple, orange, and guava notes. This IPA is a lovely retreat from the everyday hoppy IPAs. So treat yourself with a Repeat IPA, and then repeat. We all need a little retreat sometimes.

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Telco Brewery

Telco Brewery is a microbrewery located in Santa Clarita, CA, founded by two phone company dudes who were enthusiastic about brewing craft beer. It started as a passion project to share with friends, family, and co-workers that quickly turned into a successful operation. Telco is sharing the highest quality craft beer with the whole community now. Enjoy a cool pint with them this weekend!

Our Recommendation:

Muck Out Stout • 7.4% abv
Muck Out Stout is a chocolate-colored stout that won the Montrose Homebrew Competition in 2016. Its tasty roasted malt gives you that beloved coffee flavor that will knock your socks off! The liberal amounts of Williamette and Cascade hops help balance the sturdy malt-flavored backbone. Enjoy the creamy head and robust java-like aroma with hints of dark chocolate at Bluesapalooza this weekend!

In honor of International Beer Day, join Natural Retreats for the final days of Bluesapalooza this weekend to see some of the greatest craft breweries in the country, top blues musicians and singers, and to experience the joys of community. Show appreciation for all the vendors by visiting their booths and thanking them for their support.


Need a place to stay? Natural Retreats has you covered for next year in Mammoth Lakes!