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Get your mugs ready for the Highlands Beer Festival Saturday

Some 213 beers from 60 breweries will poured at this weekend’s Highlands Beer Festival, held from 5-9 p.m. inside Mid-City Mall (1250 Bardstown Road).

The Festival is sponsored by the ever-generous and always beer-minded folks at ValuMarket, whose growler offerings are always good. At a similar event in December, 1,030 people came to drink about 150 different beers.

Heaven knows what sort of crowd will be on hand with warm weather to promote walking around!

John Bizzell, store manager and craft beer buyer at ValuMarket, said admission to the fest is $5 (the first 500 in get a branded festival pint glass) and that beer tickets will be sold for $1 for every pour (2 to 3 ounces each).

If you really want to belly up, you can snag an unlimited pours ticket for $30, which Bizzell said nearly 20 percent of attendees bought in December.

Who knows? Maybe they were trying to insulate themselves from the cold.

The line-up of beers is nothing short of impressive. Click here to take a gander at what you can taste if you go.

Since you should never drink alcohol on an empty stomach—seems we Americans are the only ones in the world who think that’s wise—know that Tony Boombozz Pizza will be sold at the fest, and that ValuMarket will be grilling some grub for sale.

And since you’re in the neighborhood, venture out and enjoy Bardstown Bound. The crowd should be a doozy that night.