Calexico chamber throws groovy suds bash

October 19, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Were you experienced?

On Thursday night, hundreds of Valleyites rolled down Highway 111 to party at Beer Xperience 4, a beverage-tasting event sponsored by the Calexico Chamber of Commerce.

For those who didn't make it; here's what you missed:

· At the check-in table, chamber Executive Director Hildy Carrillo-Rivera greeted revelers, her head bathed in a eerie neon green light.

"We're going to groove and any money we raise will be put right back into the community, selling Calexico," she said.


The green light was supplied by the glowing necklaces Carrillo-Rivera was handing out to everyone.

"How much are we going to raise?" she repeated and mulled … "$4,000 sounds good."

· Walking in, St. Pauli's Girl greeted everyone with a smile and a raised mug.

Well, a cardboard cut-out of the St. Pauli's Girl … who is really just a model and not the real St. Pauli's girl.

· To the left, partygoers noshed on food provided by Yum Yum Chinese Food and DJ Galaxy spun some tunes.

· In one corner of the chamber grounds, Joe Moreno was slinging beers to the beautiful people, Mardi Gras beads swinging back and forth.

"I was born to do this," said the manager of the Super Shopping-Apple Market as he popped off the top of a beverage and handed it to a woman with a short skirt and a long jacket.

How did he get those beads?

"Ah ha!"

He didn't say.

· On the other side of the grounds, City Manager Richard Inman and other volunteers helped serve different types of beer.

"I love working for the chamber!" Inman said.

To prove his point, he showed off the logo of his official chamber shirt.

· Under the chamber's tree, pretty girls lined up in a row, sipping beers and checking out things.

· Standing a few feet back, single guys worked on their beers and talked about sports and politics — and the pretty girls lined up in a row sipping beers.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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