South Bend Brew Fest set for January 24, 2015, will feature at least 150 beers

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By: Eric Strader
ericstrader69@gmail.com

image courtesy of the South Bend BrewFest

The Fourth Annual South Bend BrewFest will take place at the Century Center, downtown South Bend on Saturday, January 24.  As in the past, they will showcase specialty and craft beers from local and regional breweries from South Bend and the surrounding areas.

In concordance with South Bend’s 150th birthday celebration, this year attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 150 different beers and the first 150 people through the door will also receive a special, commemorative gift. In addition to the beer tasting, BrewFest will also feature live music, pretzel necklaces, live home brew demonstrations and a charity auction.

The first BrewFest, held in October of 2011, was organized by Indiana Beverage and was a huge success.  Crista Tompson of the Century Center told me that because this is such a great community event, and with the huge support from the public, there was no question as to whether they would continue to host this event.  This is Tompson’s second year of organizing the event after coming from Columbus, Ohio, where she organized similar beer events.

New to this year’s event will be a VIP feature. At the $60 VIP level, you get admission to the event one hour earlier and access to the VIP area which will feature tasting of limited release beers from a very limited number of breweries.  In addition, there will be gourmet food and beer pairings and a chance to talk with the brewers.

Other ticket prices include $35 pre-sale general admission and $10 designated driver tickets.  VIP and designated driver tickets must be purchased in advance and can be purchases online, but general admission tickets will be available at the door for $40.  The designated driver ticket includes unlimited soft drinks, access to the live entertainment and a food ticket.

General admission to BrewFest will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

MEGA (Michiana Extract and Grain Association – South Bend’s homebrew club) will be on hand for homebrewing demonstrations.  As soon as I learn more about their plans for demonstrations, I will pass along the information.

South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) is collaborating with the Century Center for BrewFest.  As a 2015 event sponsor, they will be offering free rides to BrewFest participants on Transpo fixed routes to and from the event.  This collaboration comes as an effort to promote safety and responsible practices amongst BrewFest participants.  From noon until 6:00 pm, passengers can show their 2015 BrewFest ticket in order to receive free transportation to and from the event, including a route that will provide easy access from Mishawaka.  The system map and individual route maps are available online at their website.

At this point, the VIP brewery list has not been released, however, here is a partial brewery list for the festival, which is subject to change at any point.

Brooklyn Brewery

Unibroue

Merchant Du Vin

Veteran Beer Company

Abita Brewing Company

Southern Tier Brewing Company

Three Floyds Brewing Company

Bell’s Brewery

Schlafly Beer

Oskar Blues

Evil Czech Brewery

Boston Beer Company

New Holland Brewing Company

Triton Brewing Company

Upland Brewing Company

Saugatuck Brewing Company

Summit Brewing Company

Round Barn Brewery

South Bend Brew Werks

Iechyd Da Brewing Company

Bare Hands Brewery

This is always a great event to taste local beer, meet other beer enthusiasts and local brewers.  For more information, visit www.southbendbrewfest.com or contact Century Center at 574.235.9711.

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