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Of the more than 100 beers available to sample at BREW, only 25 are craft beers made by national-level breweries.
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The number of tickets will remain the same from previous events, set at 1,400, and are expected to sell out again.
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Also expected to sell out is the Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur tasting seminar.
Fall is a time for cooler weather, beautiful autumn colors, and the annual BREW Festival, the premier beer-tasting event presented by Downtown Shreveport Unlimited (DSU) and the Red River Revel. This year’s festival takes place on Oct. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Festival Plaza.
The six-year-old BREW event is the result of collaboration between DSU and Red River Revel. This year, the festival has become far more regional, less national in scope, while distributers are bringing only craft beers. Participants may notice there is "a whole lot more home brew," said Melanie Bacon, the organization's executive director. Bacon added that "everything in the festival that is made by Budweiser is from Louisiana." Of the more than 100 beers available to sample, only 25 are craft beers made by national-level breweries.
Local brewing club Malt Munching Mash Monsters has recruited other nearby brewing clubs Tyler Area Pints & Suds; East Texas Brewers Guild; and the NAC Brew Club of Nacogdoches, Texas.
The number of tickets will remain the same from previous events, set at 1,400, and are expected to sell out again, Bacon predicted. The past two years, the festival sold out before it opened, even though sponsors accounted for about 200 of them.
Not only will participants sample a variety of grain-based beverages, but they also can taste food from Shreveport eateries Rotolo's Pizzeria, Raising Cane's, Rhino Coffee, TD Express Mobile Food Service, Eldorado, Newk's Express Café, Bistro To Go, and Twine, while they watch televised football games. "LSU plays Kentucky; that shouldn't be too tense," Bacon said. Music for the afternoon comes from The Regulators, a group from Atlanta.
Also expected to sell out is the Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur tasting seminar. Conducted in Riverview Hall, participants learn the importance of color, clarity, aroma, temperature, and effervescence, and take home a set of four Spiegelau glasses.
The Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Tasting seminar takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Riverview Hall; tickets are $30 a person. Tickets for the sixth annual BREW beer tasting festival are $60 a person.
By Lani Duke