Why is this my favorite festival? Well, I think this festival combines everything that I love about beer, and beer festivals. Its fun, there is a lot of great beer to be had, beer we can't get here in Arizona, great location, entertainment, food, you name it. This festival lacks the sort of 'frat boy" good time drunk fest that plagues a lot of festivals, but also lacks the sort of "pinky up, they only made 1 gallon of this, lets spend 45 minutes arguing about what style this is" sort of over serious, beer geekiness that tends to drag down some other festivals (in my humble opinion). This festival is a perfect combo of all that is right with beer. There is some great beer to be had, but you can also dance to live music. You can chat with brewers you've only seen pictures of, yet you still might catch a glimpse of a borderline inappropriately displayed set of cleavage squeezed into a low cut tank top. Sure you may see some folks stumbling around that have had a few too many (I've never been to a beer festival that I didn't see that), but you can also meet and chat with other like minded beer fans that you normally wouldn't get a chance to meet.
|Good look at the venue...|
Ok, those are just a few of my thoughts on why this is not just a great beer event, but just a great event period. If that isn't enough to get your ass to this festival, how about a look at the brewers that will be in attendances.....check this out.
Breweries new to the festival this year....
Armadillo Ale Works
Hops & Grains
Johnny Appleseed Cider
Utah Brewers Cooperative
Plus more than a dozen imports featured in the International Beer Garden!
DC Brau Four Peaks Fort George GoodLifeGoose Island Grand Canyon Joseph James Kona
Leinenkugel Lumberyard Marble Maui
Mudshark New Belgium NOLA Oskar Blues
Prescott Redhook Sam Adams Santa Fe
SanTan Shock Top Sierra Nevada Ska
Snake River Sun King TailGate Beer Tallgrass
Two Brothers Uinta Widmer Woodchuck
If you get hungry, there will also be 6 food trucks there......
Grilled Cheese Truck
Carte Blanche Tacos
The Traveling Monk
Arizona BBQ Club
Honey Bear’s BBQ
SanTan Brewing Company will cater the VIP zone.
If that isn't enough to get you there, then I am sorry, there is nothing more I can do for you!
|James Swann and I saying hello at last years festival....|
Date. Saturday May 17th
Time: 1pm to 6 pm (VIP entry opens at 12pm)
Scottsdale Civic Center
3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Tickets are $35 presale, that includes a souvenir can and 20 four-ounce pours!
Get presale tickets here.....
This is a 21 and over event, no exceptions, so leave the rug rats at home.
For more on this festival, check out the official release with more info here....
Check out the official website here for hotel and cab info, and other helpful stuff....
Until next time
Bottoms up my friends!
The Beer Czar