This Friday is one of the events of the year as far as local beer drinkers are concerned, the 3rd annual Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) Brewfest from 4:00pm - 10:00pm at the Mellwood Art Center, located at 1860 Mellwood Avenue.
Here is the official press release:
LIBA CELBRATES “INDEPENDENTS” WEEK WITH 3rd ANNUAL BREWFEST
Friday, July 1st from 4:00pm – 10:00pm at the Mellwood Art Center
The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) is pleased to join the nationwide annual celebration of “Independents Week” by hosting the 3rd Annual Louisville Brewfest on Friday, July 1st from 4:00pm to 10:00pm at the Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. The event will feature beer and wine tastings from the BBC Tap Room, the Bluegrass Brewing Company , Cumberland Brews , Falls City Beer , Kentucky Ale , The New Albanian Brewing Company , Upland Brewing , and Lovers Leap Winery. There will also be giveaways, a silent auction, and live music from The Fervor, Slow Charleston and Appalatin. Attendees will be encouraged to sign a “Declaration of Independents,” a pledge to shift some current spending to locally owned businesses. Signers will be entered to win a custom Glassworks beer stein. Admission to the 3rdAnnual Louisville Brewfest is free, and attendees must be 21 and older to purchase a $2 souvenir cup and enjoy the brew. Complimentary rides will be provided by City Scoot after 7:30pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $1 each, redeemable for food and beer (i.e. 1 ticket = 1 beer sample, 3 tickets = 1 full beer). LIBA will also unveil and distribute the new 2011 Summer Directory at the event.
“This event allows us to celebrate the things that make Louisville unique, and our local breweries and wineries are a big part of that,” says LIBA President Summer Auerbach. “You can’t find these businesses anywhere else in the world, and sharing a locally made drink is an excellent way to build community. Independent businesses in general are a major component of the fabric of our community.”
Sponsors include ValuMarket, Tina Ward-Pugh (9th District Councilwoman), Frankfort Avenue Business Association, LEO Weekly and Louisville Public Media.
For more information, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/beer or call (502) 500-4669.
About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance
The mission of LIBA is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of shopping locally. For more information and a member list, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com .
If you don't have tickets yet I highly recommend you pick them up ASAP. In addition I have also been informed that Jeremy Rathfon, from the soon so be nanobrewery -- LouBrew , will be on hand with Paul Young, owner of My Old Kentucky Homebrew , and that they might have some cool stuff to share with the masses. Also, I mentioned last week that the guys from Against The Grain Brewery will be there sampling their craft sodas, so you're going to get a real good look at some of the future of brewing here in Louisville; it's an exciting time for sure and I can't wait to chat with my beer peeps. I myself with be there volunteer pouring AND live tweeting from the event for Louisville.com; so if you follow @Louisvillecom  on Twitter check it out and stop by and say "HI" if you'd like.