Roswell Beer Fest returns for St. Pat’s

Benefits STAR House

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The fun on Canton Street begins early St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the second annual Roswell Beer Festival, March 15.

Organizers expect 1,000 people to attend the Saturday event at the historic Roswell Square. Bigger than last year, the festival features more than 150 craft beers, local restaurants, live music and a corn hole tournament with hefty a cash prize. All proceeds benefit STAR House Foundation, a Roswell-area not-for-profit.

“Last year was a trial run,” said Jeff Bridges, STAR House Board member and event organizer. “This year, we mean business. We convened a panel of beer connoisseurs and asked them to identify their favorites. Competition was tough, but we whittled it down to about 150 different beers. Of course, we’ll have a limited selection of wine and lots of water for non-beer drinkers.”

There’s something for everyone this year. Foodies will enjoy some of Roswell’s best food from Roux, Adele’s, Mill Street Kitchen, Shane’s Rib Shack, Ethel’s and VIN 25. For those athletically inclined, there’s a corn hole tournament with an anticipated 64 teams competing for up to $1,000. Music-lovers will enjoy the High Beams, an alternative rock/folk and favorites band at Roswell’s Mac McGee’s, and the Free Byrds.

But the main attraction is the beer – ales, IPAs, stouts, porters, hefeweizens, Belgian quads, even a few sours – a beer for every taste.

There are also deals offered with local hotels and UBER transportation service for festival-goers. For more details, go to www.roswellbeerfestival.com.

The Roswell Beer Festival benefits STAR House Foundation, an organization with over 20 years of history serving Roswell’s youth. This year, STAR House will help nearly 275 children at Mimosa and Esther Jackson elementary schools, Elkins Middle and Roswell High School, gain the academic, social and leadership skills they need to succeed and excel in today’s highly competitive global environment.

The event will go on, rain or shine. Pre-purchased tickets to the festival are $45, and $50 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $10 at www.roswellbeerfestival.com. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs and keep their pets at home.

Roswell Beer Festival

2-6 p.m. March 15

Historic Roswell Square

www.roswellbeerfestival.com

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