Beerfest offers 54 breweries, 164 types of beer

By: Brittany Paris

It’s a beer lover’s dream. The Capital City Beerfest opens its doors Saturday night at 6, promising more than just your typical draw.

“We have 54 breweries represented. From the novice to the connoisseur, there’s something for everyone,” Tom Lorenz, Pinnacle Bank Arena General Manager, said.

Picking up a six pack of something you’ve never tried is risky. But Pinnacle Bank Arena’s Director of Food and Beverage, Greg Gaskins, says the self-produced Beerfest is a great way for you to try something new.

“Historically, 30 years ago, when your dads and grandfathers were drinking beer, you basically had two choices. You had light beer and dark beer. What this fest is going to do is we’re going to introduce more than 164 types and flavors of beer,” Gaskins said.

Now, there’s no promise you’ll discover your new favorite brew, but with that many option and beers from as far as Japan, you’re sure to find something.

Here’s how it works: Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. You’ll be given a 5 oz. sampling mug and can try as many cold ones as you’d like.

But Beerfest isn’t just about drinking beer. Pinnacle Bank Arena says it’s a beer experience, with food, live music and seminars where you can learn how beer is made and what food it should be paired with.

“It’s the idea of bringing this to the fans here, allowing them to have different opportunities and it’s a great thing to do on a Saturday afternoon after you’ve worked in the yard,” Lorenz said.

If you’re not a beer drinker, they do have $10 designated driver tickets for sale. And you have to be 21 or older to go. Children, even when accompanied by an adult, will not be let in.