ANDERSON -- Brew crews from across the state are making their way to Anderson this weekend.
The city’s inaugural Brew Fest will feature craft beer from at least 13 Hoosier breweries from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Town Center Plaza on Meridian Street across from Paramount Theatre.
The 21-and-older event is a way to combine good beer, food, music and art, Festival Director Shanna Henry said.
“I think Anderson is in need of a cultural boost,” she said. “This is some kind of a spotlight that shows we have talent here and it’s a nice event that highlights a lot of the good things we have here.”
Thirteen Indiana breweries are confirmed to be at the event, Henry said. She’s waiting for confirmation for a few others.
Vendors include Sun King Brewery, Bier Brewery, Indiana City Brewing Company and Triton Brewing Company.
A general admission ticket will give patrons an unlimited number of 3-ounce beers. A cheaper “sober driver” ticket will grant admission, but not alcohol. All attendees must be at least 21 years old.
The Stampede String Band is headlining the musical entertainment, with local acts Chicago Typewriters, Yukon Fox, Apathy Wizards and Alex Wnek also performing.
Food from Tommy J’s and the Big Easy and Big Joe’s food trucks will be available for purchase, too.
But a big part of contributing to Anderson’s culture with this event, Henry said, is featuring work from local artists. That’s why she and fellow organizers Chris Corona, Audra Sternberg, Jenni Thompson and Sharon Zimmer decided not to charge artists for booths to display their work.
Henry, who is an artist and helped with the Walking Man project, said although there are some places for people to display their creations, Brew Fest is a way to reach a new audience.