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Hangar 24 puts on ‘AirFest’ at Redlands Airport on May 18

April 17, 2013

Aerial acrobats, vintage warplanes, nighttime fireworks shot from aircraft, food trucks, musical acts and special archival beer releases will be the order of the day as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery celebrates its fifth year anniversary in an event billed as the Hangar 24 AirFest and 5th Anniversary Celebration.

To be held at the Redlands Municipal Airport on May 18 from 9 AM to 10PM, tickets are $5 presale and available online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the brewery Tasting Room.  At the door, tickets will be $8. Ages 12 and under are free. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets, for $125 each, which will include VIP parking, food and beer served in an exclusive tent, as well as seating.

It will be a thirteen-hour event where proceeds go to benefit the newly-formed Hangar 24 Charities, whose mission is “to help preserve our Southern California orange groves.” The event is part air show, part concert, and part food and beer festival. Other family entertainment will be available as well, including a climbing wall.

For what is a first for a brewery, putting on an air show for Hangar 24 is an almost natural progression of its annual anniversary parties.

“Our Brewery was named after an actual aircraft hangar at Redlands Airport,” said owner Ben Cook. “So now, to hold an air show at the same airport is almost a perfect fruition of what Hangar 24 is all about: talking aviation, hanging out with friends, listening to music and drinking good beer.”

Aerial acrobatics will be provided by Jon Melby, Vicky Benzing, and Bob CarltonKent Pietsch will be executing an amazing landing on a moving RV, as well a comedy act that features dead stick aerobatics.

Vicky Benzing

Bob Carlton will also be putting on a spectacular, aerial nighttime fireworks show from his Super Salto jet sailplane. Vintage warplanes will be provided by Palm Springs Air Museum.

Time lapse of Bob Carlton’s aerial fireworks show

Although a headliner has yet to be named, acts to be featured on the concert stage will include Shawn Jones, StrangeBrew, Slacktone, The Paper Crowns, as well as My Own Holiday.

Shawn Jones

Other features of the event will include food vendors, fun activities for kids, Redlands Fire Department bringing out its new engine and Redlands Police Department having its helicopter and airplane as static displays.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery will be opening its archives to serve 34 of its beers. Included in the lineup are special limited edition beers from its barrel-aged Barrel Roll series, including both 2011 and 2012 Pugachev’s Cobra, which grabbed a 2nd Gold in the 2012 California State Fair. A special 5th Anniversary Ale will be for sale, and available for the first time in bottles at the Tasting Room. The details of the 5th Anniversary Ale are being kept secret by the brewery, and visitors will be kept wondering until the day of the event. However, it is being brewed in a limited supply and only 1,200 bottles will be available for sale, making it a good chance that all draught and bottles will be gone by day’s end, except those saved in the archives for future anniversary parties. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Anniversary Ales, which were only available on draught, will be pulled from the archives for tasting at special times during the day, along with dozens of other special releases.

“There is no better event to try so many different beers that we have brewed over the years,” explained Cook.

2012 Pugachev’s Cobra will be on draft at the Airfest & 5th Anniversary Celebration / by Melissa Jewel

Already onboard as key sponsors of the event are the City of Redlands, Hospitality Dental, Redlands Ford, Redlands Police and Fire Departments, and Redlands Aviation. Hangar 24 Charities is looking for more sponsors and volunteers for the event. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at and anyone interested in a sponsorship can contact

Various parking lots near the airport will be open and shuttles are planned to and from Downtown Redlands, in order to encourage visitors to experience Redlands’ thriving downtown shopping and nightlife.

More information is available on

Hangar 24 Charities was created in an effort to help preserve our Southern California orange groves. The organization works to protect, advocate for and maintain both new and existing groves in an ongoing effort to conserve our rich citrus heritage.

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery was founded in 2008 in Redlands, California and is widely known for their flagship beer, Orange Wheat. Named after a specific aircraft hangar at Redlands Municipal Airport, where Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook would hang out after an afternoon of flying to talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home. The Brewery and Tasting Room were established and still operate in a renovated hangar directly across the street. Hangar 24 embodies a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends.


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