If you’re not lucky enough to be among the first 500, you can purchase a ticket package online; or at the door, prices are:
- Admission . . . . . . . . . . .. .$8.00
- Souvenir beer glass . . . . $10.00
- Souvenir wine glass . . . . $6.00
- Plastic Beer mug . . . . . . .$6.00
- Sampling tokens . . . . . .. .$1.00
Apparently this year only, since it’s the 20th anniversary, you can actually “Bring your favorite SB&WFest souvenir glass from past years to use” which is a good deal. Another new feature (touted on their home page) is growler filling stations, for which you can get one of their growlers filled for $16. (A natural extension of the growler craze of the past several years.)
The Fest runs all weekend, with a bit of a trade show air to it (or so I understand; it’s one of the festivals that I’ve never been to), where attendees can not only try beers, wines, and spirits, but also cheeses, chocolates, and other gourmet foods, and a variety of other goods and services (cutlery, jewelry, hats, trips, etc.). They’re hosting a good-looking list of breweries and cideries pouring some good stuff.
At 20 years this is one of the longer-running beer fests in the state, definitely worth a look if you haven’t been.