There are plenty of great things about Arizona—great weather, great entertainment and great local businesses. It’s especially hard to beat our beloved state this time of year. But nothing is really greater than beer. Luckily, The Great Arizona Beer Festival combines all of the above.
Mark your calendars now, because come April 18, you’re going to be in hop heaven. This craft lover’s paradise will have 200 beers from 50 local, national and international breweries available. Local mainstays will include Four Peaks, Fate, Grand Canyon and San Tan, but nationally-recognized brans like Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams and Widmer will also make an appearance for those who like to stay in their comfort zone. (But seriously, if you count yourself among those people, branch out! There are hundreds of delicious beers brewed right in our own backyard!)
Don’t expect just to sip your beers in silence, though. Entertainment from acoustic rocker Tommy Anderson and the blues dudes of Big Nick & The Gila Monsters will keep things peppy.
The festival will give you a chance to get into Sloan Park, The Cubs’ training facility, after the Spring Training hubbub has died down.
Prepare to drink up for a good cause, too, because proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, a local non-profit radio reading service that provides 49,000 locals with print disabilities access to print media. Not that you need convincing, but consider helping your fellow man the icing on the cake.
The Great Arizona Beer Festival, Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, azbeer.com, Saturday, April 18, 5 p.m., $10 designated drivers, $45 general admission, $85 VIP