Craft Beer

Fresh Fest Tickets Go On Sale Friday at Midnight

Set your alarms: the nation’s only black brewfest returns in 2019 for a bigger (fresher) 3-day celebration; ticket sales go live overnight

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

Ticket Tiers

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.




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