On May 31st, 2014 Firestone Walker Brewing Company had their annual Invitational Beer Fest in Paso Robles, California at the California Midstate Fairgrounds. Jason and Peter were asked to take photos and videos of the event and were even able to enjoy some local craft beers and food from local restaurants. Each year, this event is a day full of brewers, their beers, good music and beer drinkers.
With each ticket purchased for the event, guests were able to taste both domestic and international craft beers with the brewers themselves. Some of the best restaurants on the Central Coast even came out and gave samples. The event ran for five hours, from noon until 5 in the afternoon, and food and beer services ended at 4. There were live bands that played throughout the day on the Frontier Town stage as well.
Jason and Peter took two octocopters – the T15 and what they like to call the “Phantom Killer”, the Black Magic Production Camera, a Canon 5DIII, a Canon 7D, a GoPro Hero 3+ and the Sky Pirate Gimbal. Jason wanted to start filming with his biggest camera first because there weren’t too many people around. He also didn’t want to drop his heavy octocopter and camera on anyone enjoying their beer. It hasn’t happened before, but he didn’t want to risk it this time.
Jason and Peter then walked around with the handheld gimbal to interact with the guests of the event while checking out a number of booths.
The festival is a benefit for the Pioneer Day committee, which is dedicated to the preservation of the unique history and culture of Paso Robles. Jason took photos and Peter video’d as the check was given to the Pioneer Day committee. Jason and Peter then flew the “Phantom Killer” with the GoPro and captured some neat aerial footage of the long line that had formed at the event.
After filming some announcements by the event coordinator, Ali Bowman, and answering a handful of questions from curious spectators about the octocopter, Jason and Peter were able to capture footage of workers pouring beer from big companies such as Firestone and Stone IPA.
At the end of a day full of photographing and videoing, Jason and Peter were able to eat some good food from one of the restaurants at the venue, Zoro’s Restaurant in Shell Beach, and drink a glass or two of the local craft beer.