The Gettysburg Brew Fest, to be held Saturday, Aug. 23, on the historic grounds of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, is expected to sell out, event organizers announced this week.
The Brew Fest is now selling advanced tickets through its website, www.gettysburgbrewfest.com. The total attendance has been capped at 1,500 people. The event is co-produced by BrewFest Partners.
“To ensure a positive, memorable experience for our ticketed guests and the 35 featured craft brewers, we made an early decision to cap our attendance,” said Randy Prasse, executive director of the Gettysburg Brew Fest.
Brew fest patrons will be able to enjoy craft brews, ciders and other libations. Local breweries that will be sampling include Appalachian Brewing Co., Battlefield Brew Works, Roy Pitz Brewing and Troegs Brewing – in addition to popular national brewers, including Goose Island, Deschutes Brewing and Yard’s Brewing. A full list of participating brewers is available at www.gettysburgbrewfest.com. Food and commercial vendors and music will be offered as well.
Advanced general admission tickets are $40 and will include a collectable pint glass and a 3.5-hour sampling session, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. People are encouraged to purchase advanced tickets and save $10 from the walk-up price of $50. Designated Driver tickets will remain at $15 each, fulfilling the event’s commitment to safe enjoyment of the brew fest.
The event will offer a truly unique “Gettysburg experience”, starting with a cannonade and ending with the sounding of Taps from the famed Seminary cupola by world-renowned bugler, Jari Villanueva, who sounded Taps more than 5,000 times over 20 years at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of fallen military heroes.
In addition to the event tickets, two local attractions have partnered with the event to offer special tours to attendees. Gettysburg Battlefield Tours will be give attendees a glimpse into the past through its “Historic Taverns of Adams County and Gettysburg” led by Licensed Battlefield Guide John Winkelman; and the Seminary Ridge Museum will offer discounted tours throughout the day.
“There are many brew festivals out there – but there is only one Gettysburg Brew Fest,” Prasse said. “The ability to leverage arguably one of the most widely-known community brands in the world and enhance it beyond just the history is very exciting.”