Annual community fundraising event




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SEPTEMBER 21, 2024

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brewfest DETAILS


Drive up Hwy 49 to Downieville &

enjoy historic views while sipping your favorite brews.

carpooling is highly advised - our town is tiny!


September 21, 2024

Saturday Only


Registration opens at 10:00 am

Brew Sampling

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

General Admission tickets provide unlimited tastings. There will be live music and of course, plenty of food available for purchase. There will be something for every appetite! As an attendee, you will get a wrist band indicating that you are 21 years of age or older and have paid. Only those folks wearing Brewfest wristbands will be served. Designated drivers admission is FREE. A take-home imprinted pilsner taster will be given to you as part of your ticket price and this is the ONLY container beer may be poured into. All beer samples will be poured in a quantity of 2 oz. and tastings can be for as many 2 oz samples as you can responsibly consume. Please, no dogs are permitted unless they are a service animal!


Advanced Tickets are available now by following the link below. Paper tickets are available at the Downieville Day Spa.

Advance general Ticket Sales

21+ age requirement, id will checked at registration

General Ticket Sales

Price at the Door | $45

21+ age requirement, id will be checked at registration

free entry

Designated Drivers | FREE

access to entertainment and food vendors is available without tickets

brewing companies

More to come - check back!



Bob Mora and the Third Degree are one of the premier bands in Northern California for playing Blues, Reggae, and New Orleans dance music.

food vendors

Local Favorites serving food at the Brewfest include:

JADAA's Kitchen - Food the way Grandma made it, with a JADAA twist.

La Cocina De Oro - Feather serves fresh Latin American culinary delights.


Lodging and accomodations

Here is a listing of lodging options in Downieville and Sierra City, located 20 mins east of Downieville. For more detailed information about these business, please check out and use their Visit Widget to plan your trip! Don’t forget to mention you are coming for the Downieville Mountain Brewfest when you book.

Additional lodging options may also be found as Short-Term Rentals on and as well as Campsites with the Forest Service at


Sierra City

Downieville Loft: 415-218-3469

Riverside Mountain Lodge: 530-289-1000

Sierra Shangri-La Resort: 530-289-3455

Willoughby’s On The River: 602-253-6562

The Sierra Chalet Vacation Cabin: 530-862-1193

The Sierra City House: 707-338-6901

event guidelines

We want everyone to enjoy the Downieville Mountain Brewfest and have a good time. Here are a few rules and suggestions to make it a fun day:

  • Bring cash! We are limited in cell and wifi service which means most purchases are cash only. There is one ATM on-site, but it does run empty occasionally.
  • Please wear your wristband AT ALL TIMES. This is your guarantee to sample the offerings.
  • Dress for the event. Be comfortable and casual, No Shirt-No Service; it's the Main Street in Downieville. Save the shirtless look for heading to the Yuba River to cool off after the event!
  • Eat. Don't start tasting on an empty stomach. There will be a variety of food for purchase, so make sure you have something to eat. Those homemade pretzel necklaces are another fun way of always having something to eat on hand.
  • Please NO Sharing. Only wrist-banded attendees are permitted to taste. This is not only our rule, but our insurance carrier's and the ABC's rule, too. Anyone observed sharing will be escorted out along with the non-wristbanded person.
  • Dump your glass if you leave the immediate Brewfest area. Your tasting glass must be empty to exit. During the Brewfest you may not use your sample glass anywhere else. Only participating brewing companies will be allowed to pour into your glass. And, of course, you may use your glass for free, unlimited water refills at the hydration stations.
  • Wear sunscreen. Drinking all day in the sun is tough enough even without feeling the burn. Something shading your head will help, too.
  • Drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking plenty of water. There is free water on-site at the hydration stations. Water is also a great way to keep your palate fresh.
  • Pace yourself. This is not a beer chugging contest and is more about the quality rather than quantity. Drink responsibly, relax and savour the day. Drink too much and you're likely to forget those good times.
  • Be discriminating. Don't make tasting every single beer at the festival your goal. In some cases it can't be done; and in most cases, it shouldn't be.
  • Move it on over. When you get your sample taste, please step aside and allow the next person in line to be served. Return to the end of the line if you want another sample.
  • Don't be shy. If you don't like it, don't drink it, dump it! There will be dump buckets throughout the area. It's OK not to like a particular brew, but you'll never know unless you try it!
  • Be hands free and leave your pets at home if they are not a service animal. We cannot accommodate pets in the Brewfest area. It's crowded and we'd hate to see your pet suffer from paw burn or heat prostration. Plus, you'll be hands free and able to enjoy something to eat in one hand and a glass of beer in the other!
  • We know you're all adults and will act accordingly. But, we do reserve the right to remove any individual(s) from the Brewfest for behaving inappropriately.


Supported by

Downieville improvement group


sierra county arts council

downieville volunteer

fire department



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Downieville Improvement Group (DIG) started as an informal group of business owners and residents early in 2007 and the focus was promoting Downieville and helping in the community. At the end of each meeting, we’d pass a jar around for donations to pay for a town project that we’d plan to do.

Eventually, we decided to formalize our group and applied to the IRS to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our objective and purpose is “to hold events open to the public; the proceeds of which will be used to make improvements and/or to maintain public owned buildings, monuments, or works in and around the unincorporated town of Downieville, Sierra County, California, in order to lessen the burden of government by reducing the costs of governmental projects, and by directly benefiting the general public."

Our first Brewfest in 2015 was a huge success! We are proud to say that the Downieville Mountain Brewfest has been one of the largest COMMUNITY fundraisers in the entire Sierra County. All proceeds from the event go back into our community, not into a promoter’s pocket.