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Jump on the Metro Light Rail and belly up to the 2013 Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival - a remarkable opportunity to sample and learn about a variety of craft beer styles from across the country – from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix.

Sixty-two breweries from across the country are scheduled to participate, which will pour more than 25 styles of handcrafted brews. Expected breweries include Lumberyard from Flagstaff; Fate Brewing from Scottsdale; Left Coast Brewing Co. of San Clemente, Calif.; Ska Brewing of Durango, Colo.; Speakeasy Ales of San Francisco; local favorite Four Peaks; among others.

The Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival will also include a “Get Crafty” VIP area that will offer sponsors and festival participants a high end experience with some of the rarest craft beers available in the state of Arizona.

The festival’s focus is, of course, craft beer, but will also offer Arizona-based boutique wines and spirits. The event features live music, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia displays, beer writers and publishers, home brewing demonstrations and a variety of local foods. The event also features an Arizona craft root beer garden offering complimentary handcrafted sodas for minors and designated drivers.

Admission costs $25 and includes a souvenir mug and 12 four-ounce beer samples. Day of event tickets cost $35. VIP tickets cost $125 and includes a preview party Dec. 6, an exclusive VIP beer garden, catered food, private bathrooms and more. For more information about the 2013 Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival, click here. See you there. Cheers!

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