“The idea of a beer festival was suggested at a STAR House board meeting almost a year ago,” said Alex Kaufman, who co-chairs the event with fellow board member Brian Borngesser.
An event’s appeal is absolutely key to its success, Borngesser said.
“When looking to create a fundraiser, I think the first consideration is always, what can we offer that people will want to show up for?” he said. “Well, craft beer always seems to draw a crowd and given that Roswell’s population has never not shown up for a party, we figured a beer festival just seemed like the perfect event.”
Kaufman said there will be more than 50 different beers, food and music in the heart of Historic Roswell on a beautiful May day. If you are 21 or older it, will be impossible not to have fun.”
Many popular artisan beers will be featured, courtesy of United Distributors and some local breweries. The list includes Sweetwater, Mother Earth, Abita Brewing Company, New Holland, Terrapin, Rogue Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada.
“Festival attendees will not be allowed to walk Canton Street with the beers in hand. We will have the Pastis parking lot barricaded for the festival, and attendees will receive a wristband at entry,” said Monica Oliveira STAR House’s development director.
“The wristband will allow re-entry into the festival during the event hours, but attendees will be required to dump the contents of their tasting glass before they leave the festival premises. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $30 or at the door on the day-of for $40.”
Because of its prime location at Magnolia and Canton Street, festivalgoers will have access to an array of restaurants to enjoy before or after they have your fill of beer tastings. Pastis will be offering a special STAR House menu item during the event.
Music will be provided by Cameron Kane from noon to 2 p.m., followed by The Bruce Jones Band from 2 to 5 p.m.
For 20 years, STAR House has been providing after-school educational programming and summer camps for at-risk children in grades K-12. More than 250 students in north Fulton schools participate annually.
For more information about the Roswell Beer Festival, go to www.starhousefoundation.org/rbf/.