The month of November is all about being thankful, and there’s even more reason to be with the return of the Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival on November 17 at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Now in its seventh year, the festival will last from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and feature over 25 new and returning California breweries for the public to enjoy. Props & Hops prides itself on being the only craft beer festival with flying vintage aircraft in Southern California, providing a feast for your eyes with the unique sights and tantalizing your taste buds with each brew. Here’s a guide on how to get the most out of this long-awaited festival and some tips and tricks to make it an even more memorable experience.
What to Know
General admission for the Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival is $40 online and $50 at the door, which includes eight brew tastings. Upgrade to a VIP ticket for $75, and get early admission at noon with rare beer pairings provided by local eats such as Babe’s and Lulu’s California Bistro. The VIP package also comes with 12 tasting tickets, a specialty Stein, and a six-ounce commemorative mug. While the festival does take place at the Palm Springs Air Museum hangar and tarmac, an additional fee will need to be paid for admission into other parts of the museum. There is a limited amount of tickets that will be sold to prevent overcrowding, so be sure to get admitted as soon as you can to enjoy the flavorful brews, tasty food, and live music.
What to Bring
In order to get past the doors, you must show a valid picture ID since no one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the festival. Furry friends are allowed entry into Props & Hops, but all dogs must remain on a leash. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas since there is flying vintage aircraft surrounding the premises. Items such as backpacks, fireworks, and outside food and drinks will not be permitted inside.
What to See
This year’s fest takes place again in the new 20,000 square foot Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar, replete with its own inside restrooms and on the tarmac. The hangar also contains the Coachella Valley’s largest indoor LED screen, which stands at 18 feet x 10 feet.
All About the Food and Brews
Returning back from last year’s festival by popular demand is the In ’n Out Burger food truck. Other food options will include Tost Pizza, The Cone Zone, and Tacos A La Mexicana. The festival will boast a wide variety of brews, some of which include Coachella Valley Brewing, Coachella Valley Homebrewer’s Club, Drake’s, Fig Mountain, Firestone Walker, Hangar 24, and King Harbor.
Attendees will have a chance to ride in one of the Palm Springs Air Museum’s signature aircrafts. Aircraft flying and selling rides include the P-51 Mustang, the C-47 Skytrain, and the return of the B-25 Executive Sweet. P-51 advance ride ticket purchase includes one VIP admission ticket to the Craft Beer Fest. Rides may be purchased in advance through the Props and Hops website. Keep in mind that buzz flights on the C-47 (which holds five passengers per flight) are recommended to be paid in advance. The $225 fee does not include the price of general admission to the festival.
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