fest of ale

Bottoms up! Get your tickets now for 8th-annual Fest of Ale on June 1

Twenty-five dollars is all it takes to get an advance ticket to Fest of Ale on June 1 at St. Anthony Catholic Church (320 N. Sherwood Ave., Clarksville).

There is no better beer fest deal than that, no better setting for it (outside on three manicured grass acres) and no better vibe for a beer fest—or so say we.
Founder and organizer, Todd Antz, said the first Fest drew 75 people. This one could see 1,500 gather round the taps.

On offer this year are some 200 beers made by about 50 breweries.

Sweet, no?

Like wines? Forty local wines will be available in 2013, a record number.

Antz also has partnered with Find My Tap, a downloadable smartphone app maker (for both Apple and Android) that provides the entire lineup of beers and any mention of special tappings.

Way cool! Who needs printed menus?

Here’s this year’s brewery lineup. And new this year to Fest are Country Boy Brewing out of Lexington, Louisville’s Apocalypse Brew Works, Cutter’s Brewing Co. from Avon, Ind., and Daredevil Brewing from Shelbyville, Ind.

The House of Hops tent will return for all you hopheads who like your beer bitter and citrusy.

FWIW, it’s smart to bring a portable chair so you can take a load off. The Fest runs from 3-7, and that’s a lot of standing.

Smart drinkers will get their $25 advance ticket ($30 day of the event) so they can spend $5 or more on food such as grilled burgers and fried pickles. Tasty!

And if you needed any further motivation to go, know that part of the proceeds is donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children, which is held that same weekend.

OK, beer drinkers, you know what to do from here. See you there, cup in hand!