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Aug 29, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Emerald Coast gears up for beer festivals

Here are some of the upcoming beer festivals:

Want to learn the finer points of beer tasting? Read this article.

Fort Walton Beach Beer Festival
When: Aug. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Wine World at Uptown Station, 99 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.
Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of.
Benefiting: Special Forces Association Chapter 7
Brews: 50+beers including brews from New Belgium Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Sam Adams, Abita, Sierra Nevada, Pensacola Bay Brewery, Grayton Beach Co., St. Andrews and Victory.
Food: Available from Wine World, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burrito del Sol and Winn Dixie.
Extras: Live music from Continuum. A FNX Tactical .45 pistol valued at $1,1000 will be raffled off. The prize includes case and accessories.

Emerald Coast Beer Festival
When: Sept. 5 from 5:30 p.m.
Where: Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. in Pensacola.
Cost: General admission tickets are $30 in advance or $40 the day of. VIP tickets are $55 in advance or $60 the day of.
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and Seville Rotary Club.
Brews: 200+beers.
VIP perks: VIP room with food and exclusive beers and early entrance.

The Boardwalk Beer Tour
When: Sept. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway.
Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of. VIP tickets are $50 in advance. Only 100 VIP tickets will be available.
Benefiting: Special Forces Association Chapter 7.
Brews: 50+ beers
VIP perks: VIP lounge at Howl at the Moon with access to additional beers, live music and a food spread from local restaurants.
Extras: Beer Tour ticket holders will get special discounts at The Black Pearl, The Crab Trap and Floyd’s Shrimp House. Live music will be at The Swamp.

Destin Beer Festival
When: Sept. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Wine World in Destin
Cost: Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of. VIP tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of.
Benefiting: Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which raises funds for local children in need.
Brews: 200 beers, including brews from Cigar City Brewing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Sweetwater Brewing Co. 35 craft breweries represented.
Food: Available from Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House, Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox, La Paz Restaurante and Cantina, Longleaf Food Truck and Bonefish Grill.
VIP perks: VIP tent and early entrance into the festival.
Extras: Live music from Boukou Groove, a merchandise booth, and craft spirits.

Baytowne Beer Fest
When: “Beer Bingo” Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. Main tasting event on Oct. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.
Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of. VIP tickets are $55 in advance and $60 the day of.
Brews: 200+ beers.
VIP perks: Party from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Oct. 18; which includes a barbecue lunch, exclusive beer tastings, and a signature beer glass.
Extras: Live entertainment.

Pensacola Craft Beer Festival
When: Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.
Where: Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
Cost: General public sales: $35, VIP $65; Designated driver: $20 (this ticket includes snacks and sodas).
Benefiting: Kasie Helpz Kidz, which helps kids and their families affected by cancer.
Brews: 300+ beers
VIP perks: Early entrance, private seating, food.
Extras: Plenty of vendors.

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Aug 29, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Together at last: Chili and beer festivals collide in Superior

Flatz restaurant employees Hannah Brennan, left, and Sean Rush load up a tray of chili during a past Superior Chili Festival. The annual festival returns

Chili samples from more than 30 regional cooks promise to torch the taste buds at this year’s Superior Chili Festival.

Fortunately, cold suds from the 15 brewers taking part in the Boulder Valley Beer Fest will be on hand at the same locale to put out the flames.

The Chili Festival and corresponding first-year Boulder Valley Beer Fest will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Superior Community Park, 1350 Coalton Road.

Event organizers expect the fire-and-ice format to attract even more people to the already-popular festival.

“With the brew fest, we expect at least an extra thousand people,” said Superior events and volunteer coordinator Katie Rummel, who estimates previous installments of the town’s Chili Festival attracted between 6,000 and 8,000 people. “There’s a lot of factors — weather, other festivals, whether CU is playing in town that weekend. This year we’re expecting a big turnout.”

Organizers of Boulder Valley Beer Fest — a first-year event introduced by the Boulder Valley Rotary Club — were more than happy to piggyback onto a successful event such as Chili Fest, which is now in its 14th year.

“It seemed like a natural fit,” said Brad Lesch, Boulder Valley Rotary Club’s committee chair for the beer festival. “I think it could very well be a long-term partnership.”

Rummel said the Boulder Valley Beer Fest adds a fresh, welcome dimension to the town’s late-summer event.

“We’re always trying to increase and add more amenities to continue to build our regional status,” she said.

Those who purchase a ticket to the beer festival will receive a souvenir mug and unlimited beer sampling from 15 craft breweries. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.

To purchase tickets or view a complete list of participating breweries, visit

A “sampling kit” for Chili Fest runs $5 per person or $10 for a family. The kit allows festival-goers to sample from among the 30-plus entrants in the chili competition.

Chili Fest serves as an International Chili Society regional cook-off. Winners in the red chili, green chili and salsa categories automatically qualify for the ICS World Championship.

Also, five restaurants and organizations — Flatz, Wayne’s Smoke Shack, Doug’s Day Diner, Rocky Mountain Fire Department and Sunrise Senior Living — will provide chili samples throughout the event while competing for the coveted People’s Choice award. Festival-goers are invited to submit ballots voting for their favorite restaurant chili.

“It’s really just a lot of bragging rights,” Rummel said. “Rocky Mountain Fire has always been a part of it, and they’ve won before, Flatz has won before, and so has Wayne’s Smoke Shack barbecue, so it should be an interesting competition this year.”

Event entertainment includes music from the vocal band Face and Globalsound Studio. Kids’ attractions include a rock wall and inflatables. More than 50 vendors also make up the festival.

For more information on Chili Fest, visit

Contact Colorado Hometown Weekly staff writer Doug Pike at 720-648-5022 or

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Aug 28, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Beermakers exhibit their craft at Co-Hops Beer Festival


WHAT: Co-Hops Beer Fest

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6

WHERE: Company Shops Market, 268 E. Front St., Burlington

TICKET: $30 per person, including unlimited sampling, a mixed-six pack to take home, and a pint glass. Tickets are available online and at the Company Shops store.


Alamance County residents who like their craft beers locally sourced won’t have to look far Sept. 6.

Back for its third year, Company Shops’ Co-Hop Beer Fest will feature a dozen breweries from across North Carolina, live music and locally grown burgers from 2 to 5 p.m.

“We hope they (participants) will learn about different breweries, some they have never heard about before, and get to mingle in the community,” said Sarah Southern, Company Shops communications and public relations coordinator. “We want people to have a great time.”

Last year’s festival sold out, but this year’s sales haven’t been great, she said, adding she expects them to pick up in the last two weeks before the festival. Tickets are available for purchase at $30 — which includes a sample glass, unlimited beer sampling, and a mixed six-pack to take home — at the store or online at

Made-to-order burgers with grass-fed beef from Braeburn Farms, Brewmaster’s Malt Mustard and La Fiesta chips and salsa also will be available for purchase.

Love and Valor will be performing during the festival at Company Shops, 268 E. Front St. in downtown Burlington.

“It is a festival of N.C. Breweries for people to come and sample their different products, usually two or three beers per breweries,” Southern said. “Some of their more unique beers and at least one we carry at the store.”

While there are several beer festivals throughout North Carolina, Company Shops also wants to educate people about the breweries, what makes them unique, where they are and the beer-making process, Grocer Manager Stephen Walter said.

“We want to teach people about what makes craft beer in North Carolina different from other microbreweries,” he said. “It is going to be fun.”

Craft beer has exploded in popularity in recent years, and North Carolina was named the 15th best place for craft beer in the United States, the highest ranking for a southern state, in a recent study.

Burlington Beer Works, a co-op brewery and restaurant still seeking members, and East of Elon Home Brewing Cooperative also will be present at the festival.




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 Mother Earth

 Mystery Brewing

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 Big Boss Brewing


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Aug 28, 2014
Freddie Kitson

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When it comes to craft beer in the Upstate, we often look to Greenville. After all, Greenville has four breweries, almost a dozen growler/bottle shops and no fewer than three beer festivals each calendar year, with a fourth coming up soon. Greenville has the advantage of a progressive residency, an array of different personalities and folks who tend to get out and enjoy what their community offers them.

Then, for craft beer, we look to Spartanburg. Mostly because the fantastic brews of RJ Rockers have been flowing from Spartanburg’s downtown for the better part of a decade and because beers like Son of a Peach have become so widely recognized as the flagship of the company. Plus, the beer store market has started growing and should continue to as the trend goes forward.



New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing, Colorado

6.7 percent ABV

Style: American pale ale

Profile: Crisp, sweetish

Pairing: Fresh fish like Mahi, just about anything grilled

Price: $9 per 22-ounce bomber

Availability: Specialty beer stores

Appearance: A medium, reddish hue, somewhat like mahogany with a lacy, 1-inch head that slips into a light haze on the top.

Aroma: Subtle hops at the front with plenty of sweet malts in the finish. The hops come out a little stronger with each sniff.

Taste: A balanced brew with a dominance of Centennial hops. Sweet in the back with a more citrus bitter at the front of the beer.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied with a touch of sweet stickiness.

Overall: A very drinkable APA that is smooth and balanced without the mega-hoppiness of today’s beer. Perfect collaboration between these two breweries.

But Anderson doesn’t get its due for craft beer. There are three well-known growler/bottle shops in town — Scrooge’s, Growlers Haus and Anderson Bine and Vine — but that’s about it. Sure, there are bars like Mellow Mushroom who have tons of craft beer on tap, and there are a few bars that mix it up with some craft beer taps beside their large, domestic, light brews, but for the most part that just about does it.

And Clemson’s craft beer scene is well represented by two businesses, Nick’s Tavern and Deli and the Bountyland Wall of Beer. Mellow Mushroom and Palmetto Smokehouse and Oyster Bar give it a try as well, but that is about it where craft beer dominance ends in the area.

Then, for events, there are two, the Anderson On Tap beer tasting event put on by the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium in May and the Carolina BrewHaHa, a craft beer festival with dozens of breweries, taking place Sept. 13.

Before those two, Anderson never had an event based around beer. There always has been beer at oyster roasts and benefits, but putting something together that is based entirely around beer didn’t happen until Anderson On Tap and the Carolina BrewHaHa.

To me, that’s kind of sad. Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties make up a great number of beer lovers, but their voices only have been recently heard with the growth of bottle shops and the debut of new beer stores. Recently, the Tamassee craft beer celebration brought brewers and beer lovers together and it was a great event in a great location. But, I’m sure the organizers there would say the same thing that Anderson On Tap and the BrewHaHa would say: “It should be bigger.”

Everyone knows there are plenty of people around the tri-county who love good beer. They are buying that beer like crazy to the point where fraternities are getting the good stuff for their keggers and even redneck festivals like Spittoono are bringing some craft beer to complement the Natty Lights and Buds that usually flow. But that hasn’t always translated into people completely supporting the events that come through our town.

We need to support these and all the events that Anderson puts on. If anything, we have learned that if we just hope others will support events, those events just whither on the vine until organizers give up on them and go to another community. Look at what happened to our old Anderson County Fair, our former balloon festivals and our downtown festivals. Do we want to have to do something two, three and four times before it actually sticks?

We are a growing community that needs events like these to bring people in from all over our fair state and beyond. We should find a way to help turn Anderson into the kind of town that has great farmers markets, great concerts and great events to fill our weekend time. Let’s all be in the pictures over the next year as these events come up and let’s post those to Facebook and Twitter.

Then, we can be on the grow. Then we can rival our neighbors and become even better than we already are.

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Aug 28, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Great NH Beer Events on Tap September-October 2014

New Hampshire’s fall season is packed with great beer festivals and celebrations.

Have an event you’d like to see listed here? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or add it to our events calendar.

Wicked Wine and Brew Fest

September 6
2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Mel’s Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft HWY, Litchfield

Wicked Wine and Brew Fest is a unique tasting event featuring New Hampshire and New England wineries and breweries. Local musicians, artisans, and vendors will also be on hand to celebrate the beautiful fall day. The Telegraph is teaming up with the NH Food Bank to raise money for a good cause while enjoying the New England fall season.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $5. Click here for tickets and more information.

2nd Annual Capital Cup Brew Festival

September 6
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Kiwanis Riverfront Park
15 Loudon St., Concord

Twenty craft breweries will participate in the event sampling local craft selections as well as hard-to-find varieties from around the United States. A beer garden will also be open starting at 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 (including a commemorative glass).Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20. In addition, the Weekend on the Water features dragon boat racing, food vendors, duck boat rides, live music, crew race, maddog fitness challenge race and a rubber duck race!

5th Annual Greater Salem Rotary Club Oktoberfest

September 13
12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Rockingham Park
Rockingham Park Boulevard, Salem

Featuring traditional German food, beer and other beverages. The Chris White Band and Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band will both provide live music during the day. Adults are $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Click here for more information.

Schilling’s Oktoberfest

September 20
12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Schilling Beer Co.
18 Mill St., Littleton
(603) 444-4800

Celebrate family, community and autumn’s approach with Bavarian-inspired Schilling beers and local foods at Schilling Beer Co.’s Oktoberfest and First Anniversary Celebration. There will be live music, a classic Oktoberfest tent, a corn hole tournament and many other activities. Schilling family members will be on-hand to celebrate, including Dr. R.J. Schilling, after whom the brewery was named. Admission is free, and families are welcome. Click here for more information.

Symphony NH Oktoberfest

September 27
6 p.m.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery
221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
(603) 595-9156

Dust off your lederhosen, pull up your socks, and join us at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery to celebrate beer, harvest, and traditional music.

We have your choice of seasonal brews and year-round favorites on tap alongside German beer-hall food favorites like bratwurst and strudel. Festive traditional music will make you feel like you’re in a Bavarian biergarten!

$40 admission price includes a wide variety of beer on tap, German food and dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and live entertainment.

For an additional $10, take an after-hours Brewery Tour.  Tour space is limited so reservations are strongly recommended; select this option at checkout.

This is a benefit for Symphony NH’s community music programs. Click here for more information.


September 27
Butler Park, Central St., Hillsborough
12 p.m.-5 p.m.

A day of great German food, beer and entertainment during foliage season in downtown Hillsborough. Authentically prepared schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato salad, breads and desserts are served under the tent. There are also plenty of beer, wine and craft vendors, shopping opportunities, oom-pah music and more. Click here for more information.

Upper Valley Oktoberfest

October 3
Top of the Hop and Alumni Hall on the campus of Dartmouth College, Hanover
6 p.m.-9 p.m.

A celebration of New England craft brewers and local food. Tickets are $35 and limited to the first 500 purchasers. Your purchase entitles you to 12 tasting tickets upon entry. All proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Lions´ local charities and scholarships. Click here for more information.

Exeter Powderkeg Beer and Chili Festival

October 4
12 p.m.
Swasey Parkway, Exeter

Love beer? So do we! The 2014 Exeter Powder Keg Beer Chili Festival will take place alongside the 16th Annual Fall Festival, a long standing Exeter tradition that includes local crafters, vendors and street entertainment. So pack up the family and come on down to experience all the fun Exeter has to offer! Click here for more information.

Attitash Oktoberfest

October 11-12
Attitash Mountain Resort
Route 302, Bartlett

Attitash Mountain Resort will host the 17th Annual Oktoberfest on Columbus Day weekend and will feature live, traditional Bavarian music from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band, dancing, Stein Hoisting and Keg Toss competitions for adults, kids’ activities and games, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent featuring local and regional brewers. This year’s attending brewers will compete for the “People’s Favorite” annual award.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Loon Mountain Oktoberfest

October 11-12
60 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln

Get a taste of the Bavarian Alps in the White Mountains during Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of German food, drink and culture. Timed to coincide with peak foliage season, you’ll enjoy beer, brats, and sauerkraut as you reconnect with old friends and make new ones. With an oompah-band providing the soundtrack to fun games like the stein-holding contest and keg toss, you’ll have an awesome time. Click here for more information.

NH Brewfest

October 25
Session 1: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
VIP Session 12 p.m.-1p.m.
Redhook Brewery
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth

Held on the grounds of Redhook Ale Brewery, this event is a special fundraiser for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in partnership with Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB’s The Morning Buzz.

Admission includes entry to the event, 5oz souvenir sampler cup, beer samples and live music and entertainment.

Enjoy some of the best craft beer, great food and music and support a great cause.

Click here for tickets and more information.


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Aug 27, 2014
Freddie Kitson

World of Beer adding another location in Columbus

Columbus is getting another World of Beer. The company and New Tap Gateway announced today (Aug. 27) that they have signed a 10-year lease with Campus Partners, a subsidiary of The Ohio State University, to open a tavern at the South Campus Gateway development.

The new location will feature a 4,500-square-foot patio and beer garden.

“The introduction of an open air beer garden at the South Campus Gateway will be a game changer not only for WOB but for the entire neighborhood surrounding the OSU campus,” Mark Pottschmidt, a partner with New Tap Gateway LLC, said in a news release.

The new World of Beer — joining the Brewery District and Easton locations — is expected to open in March. World of Beer offers more than 500 craft beers in bottles, along with an extensive draft menu.

To read the full news release, see below:


World of Beer (WOB) Franchising, Inc., and New Tap Gateway, LLC, Sign 10-Year Lease with Campus Partners for New South Campus Gateway Location

Rapidly Growing WOB Franchise To Open Third Columbus, Ohio Tavern Featuring

500 Local and Global Craft Beers, Classic Tavern Fare Live Entertainment

Tampa, FL (Aug. 26, 2014) –World of Beer Franchising, Inc. (WOB) and New Tap Gateway, LLC, have signed a 10-year lease with Campus Partners, a subsidiary of Ohio State University (OSU), to develop a new tavern at the South Campus Gateway adjacent to the OSU campus in Columbus, Ohio. WOB is leasing 4,113 square feet at 1568 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201 in the busy South Campus Gateway mixed-use development, a central location for the campus’s 55,000 students, 30,000 faculty and staff. Amanda Hoffsis, president of Campus Partners, and Keith Myers, associate vice president of physical planning and real estate at OSU, were instrumental in signing the lease agreement with New Tap Gateway, LLC, which plans to raise capital for the deal and expects to close within 30 days. This will be WOB’s third Columbus location.

“The World of Beer concept has really evolved since we opened our Brewery District and Easton locations and we are looking forward to introducing Columbus to the new Tavern Fare menu,” said Darren Greene, partner, New Tap Gateway, LLC.

The WOB-Columbus location is expected to open in March of 2015 and will feature an adjacent 4,500 square-foot patio and beer garden transforming an underutilized pedestrian walkway into an active, engaging outdoor environment that will benefit the entire South Campus Gateway development.

“The introduction of an open air beer garden at the South Campus Gateway will be a game changer not only for WOB but for the entire neighborhood surrounding the OSU campus,” said Mark Pottschmidt, partner, New Tap Gateway, LLC.

Celebrating the popularity of craft beer and its culture, WOB offers over 500 varieties of craft beer in bottles along with an extensive draft menu with taps that rotate daily so guests will discover something new and unique on every visit. Signature craft spirit cocktails, ciders and wine along with non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Pairing its craft brews with the franchise’s signature “Tavern Fare” menu, WOB offers sandwiches, main plates and appetizers, such as Giant Bavarian Pretzels and an Artisan Sausage Board, to complement the many beer styles.

Brewing Variety One Beer at a Time

WOB is proud to partner with many local breweries to provide guests with the best variety of local craft beers they won’t find anywhere else. The WOB experience is centered around a global menu of beverages, live music and televised sports. Guests can also enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday nights, as well as monthly brewery nights and spotlights, mini-tap takeovers, and holiday themed events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, WOBtoberfest and more. WOB is working with Campus Partners to host several game day beer festivals at the South Campus Gateway this fall.

Since opening its first tavern in Tampa, Florida in 2007, WOB has grown to 60 locations in 19 states. What began as a neighborhood tavern to sample great craft beers and swap beer-talk for co-founders Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon is becoming a unique cultural phenomenon celebrating the world of craft beers, great food and camaraderie.

About World of Beer Franchising: World of Beer (WOB) is an uncommon establishment where the experience is as essential as the product. Centered on a diverse selection of local and global craft beers, delicious “tavern fare” and live music, WOB offers the best craft variety on the planet to the beer aficionado and casual beer fan alike. Taverns are currently open in 19 states including AL, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI and will be opening soon in IN, KY, LA, MA, MN, OK and PA. Visit

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Aug 27, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Shock Top adds limited edition banana wheat beer

Shock Top has expanded once again to include a new limited edition beer: Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat. 

The Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with wheat, citrus peels, honey, spice and banana has 5.5 percent alcohol by volume. 

The new Shock Top will only be available on draft at beer festivals, at special events at some retail locations for a limited time, Anheuser-Busch said. St. Louis is the North American headquarters for A-B InBev.

Earlier this year, A-B added Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat as a year-round addition. Also this year, Shock Top debuted a new ad national TV ad campaign created by St. Louis ad agency Group360.

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Aug 27, 2014
Freddie Kitson

3 beer festivals in York this weekend

Bumper season for beer lovers

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The following beer festivals are taking place in York this weekend:


  • The Phoenix in George Street, York, has its summer beer festival from August 29 to 31. There will be 12 ales and three ciders, ranging from 2.8% to 6%, and incorporating various styles. There will also be a barbecue, weather permitting.

  • On the same dates, The Slip in Clementhorpe and The Swan in Bishopgate Street are holding their fifth annual festival. There will be 50+ beers, all from different breweries, plus ciders and perries and live music. There’ll also be a barbecue at the Slip and hot food at The Swan.

  • On Saturday only, The Rose and Crown at Sutton on the Forest has a festival. There will be live music from 6pm onwards, a children’s talent contest, a barbecue and an outdoor beer tent with all pints £2.50. 


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Aug 26, 2014
Freddie Kitson

Behind the tap

Beer festivals can be tons of fun for the revelers who spend the day sipping suds and toasting with friends. But the brewery employees who make the journey and effort to participate have to balance that convivial atmosphere with the harsh realities of another day at the office.

No brewery will be more active and visible during Savannah Craft Beer Week than Savannah’s own Southbound Brewing Co. Co-founder Carly Wiggins wears many hats at the still small but rapidly expanding beer producer, including the responsibilities of marketing and promotion.

She and her co-workers will be sponsoring more than ten events during the lead-in week to the Savannah Craft Brew Fest as well as having a large presence at the festival itself.

“We’re trying to make something happen every single day,” said Wiggins while taking a brief break from spreadsheets and projections to talk about her intense schedule for the week.

Along with pint glass giveaways and tap takeovers, they also scheduled more intimate gatherings like a meet the brewer night at Ampersand where attendees can pick the brains of brewers Smith Matthews and Alex Breard.

“People can ask them questions about anything. Sometimes it’s people who love beer or who want to start their own brewery and want to learn about the path we’ve taken,” added Wiggins.

At the Savannah Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, Southbound will be releasing its new Fade to Red beer and backing the photo booth attraction, where festival-goers can get a fun, themed snapshot to remember their day in a brewery-branded glossy.

Founders Brewing Co. representative Jonathan Sikes will also be participating in tastings and rare beer nights during Savannah Craft Beer Week. Those events include small pours at Whole Foods on Thursday afternoon and bringing a hard-to-find keg of Founders’ Dissenter, a clean, new-release imperial lager to Savannah Distillery Ale House on Friday.

But the core focus of his week will be on the Savannah Craft Brew Fest itself, which he also attended last year.

“With more and more festivals happening each year we are getting to a point to where we can’t attend them all, but this is one that I think a lot of breweries try to participate in, due in part to Savannah being such a fun place to be, with burgeoning tourism and an emerging craft scene as well,” said Sikes.

In his job promoting Founders, which is based on Michigan, Sikes added “It gives us exposure to consumers who have never heard of Founders before and gives them a chance to try our beers and see what we’re all about.”

That take on festival day appearances is shared by Will Avery, head brewer for Kennesaw’s Burnt Hickory Brewery. He sees beer festivals as a chance to interact with beer drinkers one-on-one.

When discussing the Savannah Craft Brew Festival, he said “I was there for the whole fest last year. I drank our beers all day and talked to people.”

He plans on doing the same this year. “I don’t view festivals as recreational. Part of my job is to rep a product I work on 10-14 hours a day.”

A wide variety of Burnt Hickory’s beer will be available at its Tap Takeover at Your Pie in Sandfly on Friday night, where all of the available draft beers will be exclusively from Burnt Hickory. Flagship brews Ezekiel’s Wheel and Cannon Dragger will be there, along with this year’s version of 9353, a beer Avery describes as a Peach Berliner Weiss.

The event will also feature the very last keg of music-inspired beer Lake of Fire, a red rye ale influenced by band The Meat Puppets. The similarly rock-n-roll themed Toolin’ for Ale-nuss is a riff on the punk music of The Meatmen. Ale-nuss is so limited that Your Pie will see the only keg outside of those kept at the brewery reserved for tours and tastings.

“It’s somewhere between a big brown and robust porter,” said Avery.

After a full week of smiling, shaking hands, giving out swag and educating fans about beer, these industry players and their cohorts will be ready and deserving of a vacation from all the festivities.

“Monday, yeah. I’ve got to take Monday off,” said Southbound’s Wiggins. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to sit on the beach and talk to nobody.”

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