A Beer Lover's Dream

Posted by Dave Willard on

If you’re like me, do you know what you’ll love about the Fifth Annual PBS39 MicroBrew Festival? Everything!

First of all, there’s the beer: This is a true craft beer festival. There will be more than 40 brewers, from as far east as Brooklyn to as far west as Kona, Hawaii – and from many places in between. You can taste the best of local and regional craft brewers, and even some homebrew. You’ll be able to taste more than 100 beers in a wide variety of categories. It’s more beer than you’ve probably ever seen under one roof.

coca-cola park.jpg Speaking of a roof, that’s the second thing you’ll love: the venue. The PBS39 MicroBrew Festival is held on the concourse of Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. In case it rains, you’ll be under the roof of an otherwise outdoor venue. Not to worry, though; as I’m writing this, the weather forecast for Saturday is partly sunny with a high of 88 degrees, which is perfect weather for beer drinking. What better way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon in May than enjoying beer with 1,500 of your fellow beer aficionados?

There’s plenty of room to move around and taste all of the beers, but if you’d rather get a head start, opt for the VIP ticket. That will give you entry at 1 p.m. instead of 2 p.m., and includes a commemorative pint glass. (Note: The regular session is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets cost $35. VIP tickets are $50. Each ticket holder gets a commemorative, 4 oz. tasting mug.)

The third thing to love? The cause! If you’re reading this, then you’re probably familiar with what PBS39 does. PBS39 is a community-owned public television station that educates, informs, inspires and entertains. Their programming includes everything, from the best in educational children’s shows, to the ever-popular Downton Abbey and local productions like FOCUS. In addition, PBS39 provides many resources for community enrichment. What could be better than supporting a worthwhile community resource while enjoying some unique and tasty brews?

Fourth, we have something for everyone. If you’re not a beer drinker, we encourage you to be a designated driver for your friends who want to attend. There’s a special $5 admission charge for you.

This is my fourth year as a judge of the PBS39 MicroBrew Festival, and I have to say that I take my work seriously. I know a lot more about beer than I did four years ago at the first event. We judge the beers by category on criteria including color, aroma, mouth feel, taste, and overall quality. You can do the same thing, too. Just make note of the beers you like best and why, and see how they compare to the judges’ selections.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fifth Annual PBS39 MicroBrew Festival this Saturday, where every beer lover’s dream can come true. It’s a lot of fun, and it supports a worthy cause. See you there!

Limited tickets remain for this Saturday's event. Head to wlvt.ticketleap.com to get yours now!

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