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ArtsQuest's Beer Fest to return, bigger, for second year

Spring Beer Fest logo

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — ArtsQuest has ordered another round for the house.

The organization’s Spring Beer Fest, which had a sold-out debut last year on the SteelStacks campus, will again serve up the suds for a second year March 30, ArtsQuest announced.

And it will be bigger.

Spring Beer Fest II will offer sampling from more than 25 breweries in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Brewer’s Guild.
ArtsQuest's Spring Beerfest II website

Spring Beer Fest II will offer sampling from more than 25 breweries in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Brewer’s Guild. Last year’s first Beer Fest featured 24 breweries.

Attendees again will be able to try products from all the breweries and to meet and interact with local brewers, owners, managers and more.

In addition to sampling the suds, attendees can try to win their swag via a raffle in which part of the proceeds are going to Habitat for Humanity.

Attendance will be limited to ages 21 and older.

Sampling will be offered in two sessions: 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

General admission tickets are $35 through March 23 and $40 the week of the festival and offer unlimited samples.

Premium tickets are $50 through March 23 and $55 the weekend of the event, and offer an hour early access to the event, one limited item from Lehigh Valley Brewer’s Guild and one complimentary raffle ticket.

ArtsQuest members will get $5 discounts on tickets.

Tickets are available at the festival's website.

Spring Beer Fest

Participating brewers, foods

Breweries expected to take part are Allegheny Creek Brewing Co., Birthright Brewing Co., Boser Geist Brewing Co., Brew Daddies Brewing Co., Colony Meadery, Country Club Brewing, and Fegely’s Brew Works.

Also, Five Maidens Cider, Funk Brewing Co., Hawk Mountain Brewery, Hijinx Brewing Co., Hop Hill Brewing Co., Lost Tavern Brewing, McCall Collective, Porch tea; Red Balloon Cider, Retriever Brewing Co. and Richmond Farm Brewery.

Also, Rising River Brewing Co., Sage Alley Brewing & Grille, Seven Sirens Brewing Co., Sherman Street Beer Co., Taylor House Brewing Co., Two Rivers Brewing Co., Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and Yergey Brewing.

A list of available beers has not been released, but Chris McCall, founder and chief executive officer of McCall Collective, said in an email there will be “a pretty comprehensive of the beer and other beverages.”

A list of food also has not been released, but McCall said he expected that, as in years past, there would be soft pretzels and brats available.