Set your alarms: the nation’s only black brewfest returns in 2019 for a bigger (fresher) 3-day celebration; ticket sales go live overnight
Published on Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2019
This is NOT a typo: 12:01 am.
That’s the time 2019 Fresh Fest tickets go on sale. And if you’re like us (and set reminders for damn near everything), go ahead and cue up the alarms. Put a peg in the calendar. Tell a friend.
All tickets for Fresh Fest – the nation’s first craft beer festival promoting the achievements of people of color in the craft beer industry – will be available for purchase just after midnight this Friday.
Why is this a big deal?
Fresh Fest came together in 2018 as a collaborative, one-of-a-kind hat tip to our brothers and sisters of color in the craft beer industry. Of the 6300+ independent US breweries, only about 50 are black-owned (less than 1 percent).
The other disparity: 12 percent of craft beer drinkers are black. Per this shoutout in NPR, the consumption side just wasn’t adding up. A recent NY Times article calls out Fresh Fest as well – a ‘pilot case that will inform how to best support more events like it.’
What can this year’s attendees expect? For one, Fresh Fest has grown. A lot.
- One day
- 1200 attendees
- 20 collaborations (amongst breweries)
- Three Days
- Ticket sales will cap at 3000 attendees
- 50 committed breweries (plus collaborations)
- Multiple DJs and live performances
Fresh Fest is a TON of bang for the buck
General Admission: $45
- admission from 5 pm to 9 pm
- 5-oz keepsake glass
- unlimited pours of ALL beers and ciders
- indoor/outdoor access
- access to live entertainment, food vendors, merchandise tables
Early Admission: $70
- same as above, plus…
- two-hour early admission (3 pm to 9 pm)
- official Fresh Fest swag bag
- access to exclusive craft beers (separate from Gen Admission)
Meet The Brewers VIP: $150
- same as above, plus…
- access to 12 pm live taping of Drinking Partners podcast, with special guest Garrett Oliver
- additional two-day access to additional programming
**VIP ticket holders can expect to find themselves INSIDE Nova Place for additional programming in 2019**
Organizers Mike Potter, Ed Bailey and Day Bracey, are planning a bottle share, a symposium on diversity, a Sunday brewers brunch AND a special live-taping of their ‘Drinking Partners’ podcast with special guest Garrett Oliver – a Brooklyn-based author and brewer.
Tix Here: https://freshfestbeerfest.com/tickets