Alabama beer festival season is fast approaching and Free the Hops is finally giving South Alabama some love by kicking off their brewfest calendar with the first annual Port City Brewfest on Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park in downtown Mobile.
The inaugural Port City Brewfest will combine the beautiful atmosphere found on the banks of the Mobile River with the finest craft beer South Alabama has to offer. Over 200 individual beers will be featured at this festival, including many rare and specialty beers from across the state, region, country and world. As an added bonus, there will also be quite a few cask ales available which include Terrapin Beer Co.'s RecreationAle, and dry hopped versions of Straight to Ale's Monkeynaut IPA and Lily Flagg Milk Stout just to name a few. In addition to the beer, this event will also showcase some of the best food trucks and live musical entertainment found in the Mobile area.
Advance tickets for the Port City Brewfest are still available and can be purchased online for $35 each (plus fees) at Ticketmaster. If you would like to purchase tickets at the gate, they will be $38 per person day of the event. Your General Admission ticket gets you access to unlimited beer samples**, a commemorative tasting glass, and access to the live entertainment. Designated drivers can attend the event for free as long as they accompany a ticket holder. Please keep in mind that this family friendly event is rain or shine, so make sure to check the weather to plan accordingly.
For those who may not know, Free the Hops festivals have a trend of being nothing but quality and rarely disappoint, so you are not going to want to miss out on the first installment of this beautifully located Port City Brewfest. If you are free and anywhere near Mobile on May 3, you might as well just go ahead and arrange your tickets today before you end up kicking yourself later. Prost!
(** ABC regulations do not allow for unlimited free samples, so you will be required to pay a penny per pour. This is done on the honor system, so you can throw a couple quarters in the bucket at the first station you visit and that should cover you for the entire festival. The money collected from the penny buckets will go to benefit a local charity.)