On Saturday, November 17 from 1 to 5 pm, the Palm Springs Air Museum hosts the 7th Annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Fest. General admission is $50 and includes eight tastings. VIP admission is $75, includes 12 tastings, early admission at noon with special beer pairings from Babe’s Brewery and Coachella Valley Brewing, and a special beer stein. VIPs enter through a special door. No one under 21 will be allowed to enter the Festival. Participating breweries are: Absolution, Babe’s, Ballas Point, Belching Beaver, Boochcraft, Bootlegger’s, Brewcaipa, Charlie’s, Coachella Valley, Coachella Valley Home Brewer’s Club, Drake’s, Firestone Walker, Hangar 24, King Harbor, La Quinta, Mojave Desert Brewers’ Guild, Palm Springs, Refuge Brewery, Slo Brew, Stone Church and Thorn Street.
In addition to award-winning craft beers from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be great food (In-N-Out Burger, Tost Pizza and Tacos A La Mexicana); great music both in the hangar and on the tarmac (John Stanley King Band and DJ Alex Harrington); and, of course, plenty of vintage planes landing and taking off.
The P-51 Mustang, one of the most iconic WWII fighter aircrafts, will be seen in the air throughout the day. Rides can be purchased for $1,895 and advance purchase includes one VIP Admission to the Festival. Festival-goers can also purchase rides on three other vintage aircraft as a part of the experience: a DC-3; C-47 Skytrain; and the B-25 “Executive Sweet.” Reservations for bucket-list rides on the C-47 can be purchased in advance for $225 per person. Rides on the B-25 are purchased separately.
This year’s festival takes place again inside the new Major Gen. Ken Miles Korea and Vietnam Hangar, which has the largest indoor LED screen in the valley, and restrooms. Please be advised that festival tickets do not include admission to the rest of the museum.
While the museum normally welcomes kids of all ages, this festival is limited to those 21 and older. Your friendly fur-babies (on leashes), however, are welcome to join you. To learn more, and to purchase your tickets in advance, visit PSPropsHops.com. To reserve a flight on the B-25 “Executive Sweet,” call 805-377-2106.
Palm Springs Air Museum and the Props & Hops Craft Beer Fest are located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs and can be reached by phone at 760-778-6262 or online at palmspringsairmuseum.org.