FAQs

When is Alabama Craft Beer Festival?
September, 9th 2017.

How much are tickets?
General Admission tickets are $40 for Saturday’s Downtown “Penny Beer” Garden

VIP Passes are $75

Designated Driver Tickets are $10

When are the events?

VIP and Brewers Awards Luncheon, 11:00 AM, September 9th, 2017 @ 116 E. Mobile

“Penny Beer” Garden, 2-5 PM, September 9th, 2017 @ Mobile Plaza

Do you offer a group rate?

No, sorry.

How old do I have to be to attend the festival?
You must be 21 or older to attend this event.

Can I bring my dog?

No, sorry.

What happens if it rains?
The beer will continue to flow! We recommend checking the weather forecast and making appropriate preparations for sun, rain, hail, fog…

What’s this “penny a pour” business at Saturday afternoon’s “Penny Beer” Garden?

Alabama state law does not allow us to give “unlimited free samples.” Your ticket gains you admission to the “Penny Beer” Garden. Once inside you will be charged $0.01 for each beer sample, We utilize the honor system so you can leave a quarter in one bucket and enjoy 25 samples.

If I leave to take a break or to eat lunch, can I re-enter?
Yes, as long as you still have your wristband.

Where is Mobile Plaza?
It is in downtown Florence between Seminary Street and Court Street.

Where is the award’s luncheon? (116 E. Mobile)
Located behind Shoals Theatre on mobile plaza.

Will there be a fee for parking?
Downtown Florence has free parking at night and during the weekends!

 

So we pay to get in, and then we drink all we want for free?
Alabama state law does not allow us to give “unlimited free samples.” For example, your “Penny Beer” Garden ticket gains you admission to the “Penny Beer” Garden. Once inside you will be charged $0.01 for each beer sample. We utilize the honor system so you can leave a quarter in one bucket and enjoy 25 samples.

Why aren’t the brewery reps pouring my beer?

We love for the breweries to come out to our festival! However, they are not allowed to serve beer at our event – even to themselves! This has to do with our ABC license – only the volunteers are allowed to serve alcohol. The good news is that the brewery reps are then free to talk to you about what you’re drinking!

What about food?
Food vendors will be present on Saturday afternoon. There are also several downtown restaurants within walking distance (re-entry is allowed).

Will there be non-alcoholic beverages served at the festival?

Yes, there will be plenty of complimentary water available.

Why do people linger in front of the beer tent and get in the way of me and my beer?

All I can say is that it happens at major beer festivals all over the country. Part of the fun of being at a brewfest is meeting and talking to the brewers and talking about craft beer. At the popular and local breweries, there’s going to be a crowd. If there’s a line behind you, please step to the side to talk to the folks at the brewery so the Green Shirt volunteers can serve the people behind you.

How about some dump buckets if I just don’t like the beer I’m trying?
Dump buckets will be available near each tent.

Is there going to be a homebrewing portion?
No, this year the competition will only involve commercial brewers. Homebrew is a possibility in the coming years though!

Why is there a line to get in?

Many beer enthusiasts line up well in advance for the festival, and there will most likely be a line at the entrance to the Alabama Craft Beer Festival. An ID check of all who enter the festival is required. The line will move quickly if you have your ID out to make the age verification process run smoothly.
You must be 21+ with a valid photo ID to enter the festival.

Do you accept credit cards or checks?
We do accept cash or major credit cards, but do not accept personal checks.

Will college football be televised during this event?
Yes, there will be a large screen showing college football for festival-goers to enjoy.

Will there be live music?
Yes, there will be live music featured at this year’s festival.

My favorite college football team is playing during the festival, I want to watch the game!
Don’t panic. There will be a large screen featuring college football so that you can enjoy beer and watch the game.