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El Paso’s original beer festival is back, bigger, and better than ever, brewing up twice as much fun at the expanded two-day event. Sun City Craft Beer Festival, powered by iHeartMEDIA, is showcasing 150 craft beers, fruit beers, and ciders from local and national breweries and cideries Saturday, April 21 from 1PM to 8PM (Noon for V.I.P. Ticketholders) and Sunday, April 22, from 12PM to 6PM (11AM for V.I.P. Ticketholders) at Convention Center Plaza in downtown. The festival is open to El Paso locals and visitors ages 21 and over.
Guests can taste brews from local breweries: El Paso Brewing Company, Ode Brewing Company, and Blazing Tree Brewery, and will be introduced to the brew master from El Paso’s newest craft beer hub Aurellia’s Bottle Shop & Brewhouse which will be opening its doors in 2018.
Over 50 regional and national breweries are taking part in the festival this year including nine new United States breweries. Texas breweries and cideries include Community Brewing Co. and Deep Ellum Brewing Co. from Dallas, Karbach Brewing Co. from Houston, and Austin East Ciders from Austin among others.
Top National breweries include Sixpoint Brewery (New York), Great Divide Brewing Co. (Montana), Alaskan Brewing Company (Alaska), Elysian Brewing Co. (Washington), Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California), Ace Cider (California) Peaks Brewing Co. (Arizona), Marble Brewing (New Mexico), all the way from Belgium, Lindemans Brewery, and more.
General Admission tickets include entrance into the festival, ten 2-ounce beer samples selected from any of the 150+ brews, a commemorative festival beer glass (while supplies last) and plenty of free entertainment including: Dave and Buster’s Game Zone, a silent disco, the KHEY stage featuring live local bands, the POWER DJ Booth, and fun photo opportunities, courtesy of Big Media. Guests can also play “Beer Bingo” hosted by Hazardous Humor or learn how to brew by watching live demonstrations and mingling with professional brewers on site.
The V.I.P. Experience ticket offers all the benefits of General Admission with even more perks including a specialty V.I.P. beer glass, one-hour early access to the festival, an edible pretzel necklace, plus the perks inside the private V.I.P. lounge such as a free session at the V.I.P. Oxygen Bar, a catered meal, hosted beers, and shaded seating areas.
The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton located downtown within walking distance of the festival, is offering a special rate for Sun City Craft Beer Festival guests for only $90 per night while rooms are available. Purchasing a 2-Day G.A. ticket paired with the hotel room is the perfect package for locals and visitors who are true craft beer connoisseurs and want to create the ‘HOPPIEST WEEKEND EVER’ for themselves and their friends.
1-Day General $25 – Saturday G.A. Ticket and Sunday G.A. Ticket include access to the festival on
Admission Ticket: the select day, ten 2 oz. samples of craft beer, the opportunity to purchase full beers and other beverages, and a commemorative festival mug.
2-Day General $40 – 2-day G.A. Ticket includes access to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday,
Admission Ticket: ten 2 oz. samples of craft beer per day, the opportunity to purchase full beers and other beverages, and a commemorative festival mug.
Purchase before Wednesday, April 4 before the price hops to $30 1-day and $50 2-day.
1-Day V.I.P. Ticket: $80 – (limited quantity) Saturday V.I.P. Ticket and the Sunday V.I.P. Ticket include all items of the G.A. ticket plus access to V.I.P benefits on the select day purchased, including hosted V.I.P. exclusive craft beers and a catered meal in the V.I.P. Lounge.
1-Day Designated $10 – (limited quantity) Designated Driver Ticket includes access to the festival on either
Driver Ticket: Saturday or Sunday and access to free event features such as Game Zone, brew lessons, and more. Festival producers proudly support Designated Drivers who offer their friends a safe ride home (ages 21 + only).
Military Discount: $5.00 OFF – Ticketholders who receive the discount must show valid military I.D. at festival entrance. When purchasing tickets on-line, Military personnel must use code: MILITARY to activate the discount.
Admission Restriction: Ages 21+ only. Infants, children, and those under 21 years of age are not able to enter the festival. Pets (excluding service dogs) are not permitted onto festival grounds.
SCCBF Pre-Party: SCCBF will be hosting a free Pre-Party at El Paso Brewing Company on Thursday, April 5 from 6PM to 8PM for the public. There will be “Beer Bingo” by Hazardous Humor, festival tickets and prize giveaways, brewery tours, craft beer and food for purchase.
DoubleTree Hotel: Special discount weekend rates for festival-goers. Call (800) 445-8667 to book room(s) or book on-line at http://group.doubletree.com/SunCityBeerFest. Guests booking on-line
can contact the hotel’s front desk and mention the festival to redeem the code that activates the special pricing.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the SCCBF website at: www.suncitycraftbeerfest.com