The weather is warming up, and people are thirsty. Luckily, early bird tickets go on sale online today for the region’s largest craft beer and food festival. More than 120 beers brewed by 40 breweries from across the nation will be featured at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest on Saturday, May 16, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Convention Center’s Heritage Hall. Back by popular demand, there will be special tappings every 15 minutes from each brewery for their specialty, rare, and collaboration brews, as well as food from local vendors.
A list of confirmed breweries is available at www.AlltechBrewsandFood.com, and includes beloved craft breweries such as New Belgium Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Blue Point Brewing Co., Goose Island, Country Boy, Sweet Water Brewing, Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Founders Brewing Co. and Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.
The brewfest will build on the success of last May’s festival, which kept the convention center packed throughout the day with 4,500 attendees. Momentum also continues from the fair’s sister festival, the three-day Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair in Dublin, Ireland in February that drew rave reviews.
“This is quickly becoming one of the premier beer festivals in this area, and we are expecting an even larger crowd this year,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Last year, people were running from brewer to brewer and lining up to try the special collaboration and rare brews. You could just feel the passion, from the fans to the brewers, who are truly entrepreneurs. This is about more than just beer. It’s about community.”
The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest will serve as one of the culminating events for the third Annual Lexington Craft Beer Week, a celebration of Lexington’s craft beer culture and best brews, running from May 9 to 17. The festival will also feature the only professional craft beer competition in Kentucky, the Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup, as well as a sneak peek at the new Alltech Brewing & Distilling Academy, and local live entertainment.
The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest serves as a kickoff event to the Alltech REBELation, an international event exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Ky., USA, from May 17-20. The conference features a Brewing and Distilling symposium, which begins on May 18 and will feature Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co. and Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker’s Mark. Registration is open to the public and available now at rebel.alltech.com.
Brewers interested in participating in the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest or in entering the Commonwealth Cup are invited to email [email protected].
Early bird tickets can be purchased now at www.alltechbrewsandfood.com or http://www.eventbrite.com and are only $25 through Tuesday, April 22. Early bird tickets can also be purchased at the Town Branch Distillery Visitor Center at 401 Cross St., Lexington, Kentucky. Advance online ticket prices following April 22 will be $30 and then $35 at the door. All tickets include 20 beer samples. Designated driver tickets without beer sampling privileges will be available online and at the door for $10.
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