If 2021 was any indication, locals are thirsty for new beers.
In June, the Ales West Brewery Festival drew record numbers of people to Coleman Hawkins Park. This Saturday, November 6, he will move inside for a more intimate gathering.
“Following the success of the event in June, we have decided to continue hosting the annual event each summer,” said Brian Myers, an event organizer. “But I thought it would be fun to do something inside on a smaller scale this fall.”
Taking place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Metropolitan, 107 S. Sixth St., Ales West 3.5 will be scaling down the summer festival beer lineup to fit the smaller space. Myers said the flavors will remain unique and bold.
“We have 12 different breweries. We have nearly 50 different kinds of beers that ticket holders can get unlimited samples of, ”Myers said. “We try to specialize in a lot of beers that you can’t get at any liquor store or bar.”
The range of beers will include beers that have been cellared or stored for several years, including a five-year-old raspberry (a Belgian lambic beer fermented with raspberry), a rare stout and other choices for lovers of microbreweries.
“We’re just trying to give the ticket holder something unique that they won’t get at any other beer festival or at their favorite bar,” Myers said.
After the success of the June outdoor festival, Myers said they know the community is crazy about new and rare beers. They hope to satisfy this thirst on Saturday.
“It was surprising how many people showed up over the summer. This is the momentum that we have kept and I am looking forward to having a big event with probably a few hundred people or better this Saturday, ”he said.
The event is open to everyone from the age of 21. Tickets cost $ 30, are limited, and include unlimited samples of nearly 50 different beers. They can be purchased through a link at www.facebook.com/alesweststjoe.