Roswell Beer Festival returns to Historic Town Square with a “not bigger, just better” event on March 23.
The fundraiser, in its seventh year, benefits STAR House Foundation, whose mission is “to enrich our community by promoting academic success and empowering lifelong achievement in at-risk children.”
Roswell Beer Festival is typically a sold out event and this year marks another.
As of March 13, STAR House Executive Director Stephanie Christiansen estimated 70 general admission tickets were still available, but as of March 18, all tickets have been purchased.
“VIP entry” opens at 1 p.m., featuring exclusive access to a VIP tent furnished by 13 Hub Lane, food catered by C&S Chowder House & 1920 Tavern and indoor restroom facilities.
From 2 to 6 p.m., general admission ticket holders will have the opportunity to access “approximately 400 beers,” according to the event website.
All Ticket holders will receive a souvenir tasting glass at entry to use for sampling.
Beers will be designated into their respective categories and located in a specific area of the square. A map was created to better guide patrons on locations.
Local breweries will have their own space, planned to be parallel to Marietta Highway.
Gate City Brewing Company will serve at the festival and also be host location for the event’s kick-off party the night prior, March 22, starting at 5 p.m. at 43 Magnolia Street.
Categories also include: amber, hefeweizen, belgian, cider, IPA, lager, pale ale, pilsner, porter, seasonal and stout.
To bring the experience full circle, Roswell restaurants will serve local fare at “Restaurant Row,” featuring The Big Ketch, Peach & the Porkchop, Roux, the grub gastro pub, Taco Mac, The Mill Kitchen & Bar.
Patrons can also enjoy the sounds of live music from “South Carolina based indie-folk/Americana duo,” who call themselves “Sweet Sweet,” Jeremy Dunham and Kerrine Gifford.
The name pays hommage to the “fresh and inviting way they blend the elegance and mood of her cello with the rustic roots of his acoustic guitar.”
Roswell Beer Festival benefits STAR House Foundation and is a major fundraiser for the charity, with 100 percent of net proceeds going directly to the foundation.
Festival currency, tokens, can be used to purchase food on “Restaurant Row,” Roswell Beer Fest “swag” or both.
While token packages sold out in advance, attendees can purchase additional “currency” at the Token Tent, day of.
Roswell Beer Festival invites patrons to enjoy “all the beers you can responsibly sample.”
This year’s festivities will offer a “dedicated pick-up / drop-off zone for ride services” such as Uber and Lyft
Ride share can allow all patrons to “safely enjoy the event.”
Patrons opting to utilize one of the services can also avoid the challenge of finding parking.
Roswell Beer Festival is a 21 years old and up, rain or shine event.
According to website, “due to limited space and guest safety, we strongly discourage pets, children and strollers.”
While ticket sales are non-refundable, those unable to attend do have the opportunity to transfer tickets to someone else.
Historic Roswell Square is at 610 South Atlanta Street.