Beer Fest to bring more than 100 brews to Winter Park

Reid Tulley
More than 25 brewers will showcase their best brews during the Fourth Annual Winter Park Beer Festival.
Winter Park Beer Festival |

WINTER PARK — The Winter Park Beer Fest makes its fourth annual return to the town on Saturday, Aug. 10, bringing with it 25 craft breweries and more than 100 different beers as well as a strong lineup of artists.

The headliner for the festival, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, has cancelled due to an illness that does not allow her to travel, said Jen Radueg, the organizer of the event. Festivalgoers should have no fear, as they have placed Mark Farner, formally of Grand Funk, on the lineup in Betts’s place.

The music starts with Morgan Hale, of Fraser, who recently won the Texaco Country Showdown in Grand Lake and will be moving on to compete in the state finals. The Groove Hawgs follow Hale and start at 1:30 p.m.

“We are really excited for this event and we think this will be a ton of fun for our last event of the summer,” said Catherine Ross, Executive Director of the Winter Park & Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Two local brewers will be featured at the event, Grand Lake Brewing Company, of Grand Lake, and The Library, out of Winter Park, will be showcasing some of their most popular brews.

Three bands on the lineup and food and retail vendors are available for attendee’s perusing pleasure.

Pre-sale tickets will be available until 11:55 p.m. on Friday night and run $25 for unlimited beer tasting, which includes admission to the event and a small glass for tasting as many beers as one can handle. Or one can opt for the pre-sale price of the VIP ticket, $64, which includes a large commemorative mug to taste as many beers as wanted and access to the VIP area of the event, where there will be food from Rudi’s Deli and a private selection of beers, eliminating the need to wait in line to fill a mug.

Tickets purchased on the day of the event go up to $35 for the tasting glass and $75 for the VIP pass.

The event also offers a designated driver ticket that is only available on Saturday and costs $15. The DD ticket allows entrance-only of one person to ensure others have a responsible and safe ride home.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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