Augusta has been taking heavy strides in the past couple years toward a more vibrant craft beer landscape. With restaurants like the Rooster's Beak (while its doors were still open) and, now, The Bee's Knees, hosting tap takeovers and cask ale nights, and the opening in April of Augusta's first dedicated growler shop with Gravity Growlers, area beer lovers have an ever-expanding range of beer-centric options to tickle their taste buds. Folks new (or relatively so) to craft beer also have more opportunities to experience aspects of the craft beer culture that Augusta has simply been slow to adopt.
And this weekend, yet another craft beer staple is coming to the Garden City -- Augusta's first ever craft beer festival.
Augusta Beerfest takes place this Saturday, August 16, at the Bell Auditorium (712 Telfair St.). The festival boasts around 120 craft beers from 30+ breweries. A sampling of regional breweries includes Red Hare Brewing (Marietta, Ga.); Jekyll Brewing (Alpharetta, Ga.); SweetWater Brewing Co. (Atlanta, Ga.); Southbound Brewing Co. (Savannah, Ga.); Eagle Creek Brewing (Statesboro, Ga.); Strawn Brewing (Fairburn, Ga.); Wild Heaven Craft Beers (Avondale Estates, Ga.); Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Ga.); Three Taverns Brewery (Decatur, Ga.); Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Ga.); and Back Forty Beer Co. (Gadsden, Al.). This is just a smattering of the regional breweries, and national craft breweries will be represented, as well.
Additionally, brewers from Red Hare, Jekyll, Monday Night, and Eagle Creek are confirmed to be on-hand, and have announced that they will be offering up one or two cask ales alongside their regular offerings; they will also be hanging out (along with brewery reps and owners) at O'Donovans Irish Pub & Restaurant (1002 Broad Street) Friday night to talk with beer lovers.
The festival will be held in two sessions, an afternoon session from 12-3 pm, and an evening session from 4-7 pm. Tickets for either session are $30 in advance (tickets can be purchased here) and $35 at the door. Tickets include sampling glass and unlimited beer samples; food trucks will be on-hand in the parking lot for those who need to soak up their suds.
Don't miss out on Augusta's first foray into the beer festival culture, and support the future of such events in the city. Augusta's craft beer culture can only grow if its adherents stand behind it!
(If you want to doubly support Augusta's craft beer havens, Gravity Growlers is offering 20% off the next purchase of a 64-ounce growler to those who take a photo of themselves at the Augusta Beerfest wearing a Gravity Growlers t-shirt. Show some love and reward yourself at the same time!)