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New beer festival is brewing up fun in DeKalb
by Christine Fonville
November 05, 2013 06:59 PM | 1722 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Ponce de Leon Beer Festival coordinator Greg Niznik and organizer Chris VanBarckle work to prepare the Yaarab Shrine Temple where the event will be held.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Ponce de Leon Beer Festival coordinator Greg Niznik and organizer Chris VanBarckle work to prepare the Yaarab Shrine Temple where the event will be held.
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A craft beer festival, scheduled for Nov. 16, is offering food, fun and locally brewed beers for participants.

The Ponce de Leon Beer Festival, which will take place at the Yaraab Shriner’s Temple at 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, is the newest event to celebrate the growing art of craft beer in the Atlanta area.

Greg Niznik, festival coordinator and Shriner, said he got the idea for the event due to the interest he and many of his friends share in brewing beer.

“This is the first year for this particular beer festival and it seemed like the perfect idea and the right time to do it with the ramping up of brewing culture around Atlanta,” he said.

Tickets are $35 per person and $45 for VIP tickets, which will give the attendee access to special seasonal, limited edition ales brewed specifically for the festival.

Doors open at noon for VIPs and 1 p.m. for general admission with the event running until 6 p.m.

According to Niznik, the festival will be more intimate than many other events like it in the area and is limited to 1,500 participants, so those interested in attending can purchase tickets beforehand at www.theponcedeleonbeerfestival.com.

Chris VanBrackle, co-coordinator for the event, said participants can expect to sample beers from about 35 breweries, many of them local to the Southeast region of the U.S., as well as a variety of cuisine from food trucks and live music.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival supports the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, which provides orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury and palate care to children under the age of 18.

Niznik and VanBrackle agreed that DeKalb residents 21 and older should come out and enjoy the festival for its uniqueness and variety.

“This is a one-of-a-kind event because it’s being held indoors so people can enjoy themselves no matter what the weather is like and we expect to see everyone from beer enthusiasts to people unfamiliar with local breweries to come out and have a good time because it brings everybody together,” VanBrackle said.

If you go:
What: Ponce de Leon Beer Festival
When: Nov. 16, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Yaraab Shriner’s Temple, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE
Cost: $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP admission
Information: (404) 369-8377 or www.theponcedeleonbeerfestival.com
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