After 15 years in business, Four Peaks Brewing Company is celebrating with a grand-scale party.
“Randomonium,” slated for Saturday at Tempe Beach Park, will kind of celebrate everything: music, food, carnival rides and, of course, beer. Giant slides, obstacle courses, corn hole boards and bags, a zip line and fireworks are also planned.
“We have a lot of things going on at this event,” says Randy Schultz, co-owner of Tempe’s Four Peaks, makers of popular brews like Kilt Lifter Scottish Amber and 8th Street Pale Ale, available in local markets, restaurants and bars. “Hence the word ‘randomonium.’ It’s not just a beer festival, it’s not just a music festival, it’s not just a food festival.”
This means you don’t have to be a micro brew connoisseur, music aficionado or foodie to enjoy yourself.
“We get everything at our place,” says Schultz. “We wanted to be able to (give) a little something for everyone.”
The event will kick off with a parade down A Mountain in downtown Tempe that will feature the first musical act of the day: a marching band. From then on, live acts playing throughout the day will include local groups like Tramps & Thieves and Black Carl, and California-based headliner The Airborne Toxic Event.
There will be food, too, and lots of it.
Even though Four Peaks is known as a brewery with great food — it won “Best Bar Food” in the Tribune’s Best of East Valley 2012 awards — they went to the Arizona Street Food Coalition, an association of popular gourmet food trucks and carts, to provide the grub.
“Often times that’s a problem, too,” says Schultz. “You go to a nice beer festival or a nice event, and then all you have is pretzels to eat. This will be something a little bit more than that.”
And of course, there’s the beer.
“We’ve got one-of-a-kind beers that people will only see one time,” says Schultz.
Four Peaks will serve its own craft brews, and they’ve opened the doors for other craft breweries to serve their own concoctions.
“Craft breweries — we all support each other,” says Schultz. “It’s always something that we’ve always been proud of as an industry, supporting each other. So we wanted to continue that tradition and have other people represented in our party, people that are friends of ours. It’s always good to have a little selection.”
Margaritas and sangria will also be available.
If you go
What: Randomonium, a 15th anniversary celebration for Tempe’s Four Peaks Brewing Company
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Where: Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue & Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Cost: $40 general admission; free for children 10 and younger. $125 VIP ticket includes 10 complimentary beer tickets. All children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Information: (480) 303-9967 or www.randomonium.com
• Preston, a junior studying journalism at Arizona State University, is an intern for the East Valley Tribune. Contact him at (480) 898-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org