The continual growth of the craft beer scene is cause for a celebration.
At least, that’s the concept behind the Hub City Brew Fest, which is being held for the fourth consecutive year in downtown Spartanburg.
The festival, which has drawn several hundred beer enthusiasts each year since its inception, will be presented from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 175 W. Broad St., near the “Love Where You Live” mural.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Non-drinkers are also welcome to enjoy the event’s entertainment offerings by paying an admission fee of $5.
“People come to this event because they love beer,” said festival chairperson Shelley Sullivan. “And craft beer people, especially, like to talk about craft beer, so we’re just getting a lot of like-minded people together for a fun afternoon.”
Here are five things to do at the Hub City Brew Fest:
1. Drink beer.
This one’s a no-brainer. It is, after all, a beer festival.
The Hub City Brew Fest will feature 26 breweries, offering dozens of craft beers available for tasting.
Breweries slated to attend include Spartanburg’s own RJ Rockers Brewing Company and New Groove Artisan Brewery of Boiling Springs as well as such regional craft beer and cider makers as Thomas Greek Brewery of Greenville, Holy City Brewing of Charleston, Wicked Weed Brewing of Asheville, N.C., Oskar Blues Brewery of Brevard, N.C., and Bold Rock Hard Cider of Nellysford, Va.
“It’s fun to try the different styles and compare (beers) from the different breweries,” Sullivan said. “You might just walk away finding your new favorite beer.”
2. Support a worthy cause.
The Hub City Brew Fest is a fundraiser for the development of The Bike Yard, a public, multi-use bike park being constructed alongside the Mary Black Rail Trail in Spartanburg.
“In the first three years, we’ve raised close to $75,000 for the Bike Yard,” Sullivan said.
3. Grab a bite to eat.
While consuming all that beer, it’s probably a good idea not to do it on an empty stomach. Not to worry, there’ll be plenty of grub from which to choose.
“We’ll have two or three local food trucks set up, and we’ll also have a man who sells boiled peanuts brewed in craft beer, as well as Those Pickle Ladies,” Sullivan said.
4. Listen to music.
The Hub City Brew Fest will feature the sounds of The Grateful Brothers, a Greenville-based band performing throughout the afternoon.
Since its formation in 2016, The Grateful Brothers has established a solid reputation regionally by paying tribute to two of the richest catalogs in the history of American music: The Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band.
5. Play games and do some shopping.
The festival will include several interactive games and contests, highlighted by the slow bike race.
Partners for Active Living “provides the bikes, and the race is exactly what it’s called,” Sullivan said. “People get on these bikes and go as slow as they can. We do heats and there are prizes.”
The Hub City Brew Fest will also feature a few artisan vendors, some of which specialize in beer-centric items such as funky bottle openers and beer signs, and there will be a silent auction for a variety of locally-produced items and services.