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Hop Notes: South Bend BrewFest returns to the Century Center in January 2016

After the holidays, you will have just enough time to catch your breath before some big beer events in January.

RELATED: Flavor 574 taking January beer bus trip to Kalamazoo Beer Week, Dec. 21, 2015

Kalamazoo (Mich.) Beer Week takes place from Jan. 16 to 23, and beer enthusiasts will flock to the South Bend BrewFest from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Century Center. Last year around 1,400 people attended to sample beer from 41 breweries.

Ticket sales have already begun and, like last year, there will be three options for tickets.

  • VIP: Tickets are $75 and get you early access to the festival site at noon; the VIP lounge;  Kegs & Eggs, a brunch themed gourmet food pairing featuring your favorite local brews; the opportunity to sample a limited selection of specialty brews; exclusive meet and greet sessions with the brewers; free coat check; a special commemorative full size South Bend BrewFest glass; and all general admission benefits.
  • General admission: Tickets are $45 and get you beer sampling from all participating  breweries; live entertainment by DJ Chuck Fry; a free commemorative sampling mug; memorabilia shopping; food available for purchase; and silent auction participation.
  • Designated driver: Tickets are $15 and include unlimited soft drinks and entertainment provided by your drinking friends.
Some of last year’s participating breweries and beer samples:

South Bend Brew Werks Stargazer Wild Ale, paired with the antipasto and cheese from Oh! Mamma’s

Iechyd Da Dragon’s Lair coffee stout (10 percent ABV, IBUs 80)

Burn ’Em Brewing Wrath of Pele (6.5 percent ABV) brown ale with spices and toasted coconut 

Evil Czech Monk Trinity Belgian Stout (6.2 percent ABV)

Upland Brewing Co. Barrel Chested Barleywine (9.5 percent ABV, IBUs 50)

3 Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale (6.66 percent ABV, IBUs 68)

Bare Hands Brewery Thai P.A (7.1 percent ABV) brewed with lemongrass and Thai ginger 

Tickets may be purchased at the Downtown South Bend online store until noon Jan. 22. There may be general admission and designated driver tickets available at the door, however, last year’s event sold out days before the event. There will be no VIP ticket sales on Jan. 23.

There will be no physical tickets, will call only. After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an email receipt and confirmation which will serve as your Transpo bus pass for free transportation, should you choose. Once you leave the festival, your wristband will give you access to free transportation on Transpo routes 1, 3A, 3B, 5, 7, 9 and 13 from the Century CenterUber will also being running a promotion for the 2016 Brew Fest.

Only the purchaser may change will call attendee names, so if you purchase tickets for friends or as gifts you need to call 574-235-9711 to arrange for your guests to have their name waiting on their tickets at the will call window.

The event is 21 and older only. Check in starts at 11 a.m. Jan. 23, and there will be food and souvenirs available for purchase.


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