By Tara Gary
It’s finally here! March, the month of my favorite day of the year—the Roswell Beer Festival—one of Georgia’s leading beer festivals, with over 450 beers to sample and sip until your heart’s content. There are many reasons I believe this beer festival stands out as my favorite. One of those being, they categorize the beers by style. Most people know what style of beer they gravitate toward, and if not, this is an easy way to figure it out. I favor porters and stouts. According to the festival map on the website, those will be located near the main entrance, while the ever so popular IPAs (which I also love) fill the right side of the festival. I particularly appreciate that they limit the number of tickets sold, minimizing the wait lines to practically nothing—rare at most beer festivals.
This year’s featured breweries are From the Earth Brewing Company, Gate City Brewing Company, Variant Brewing, and Wild Leap Brew Co. All favorites of mine! Tim Stevens, owner of From the Earth Brewing told me, “We are working on a few new additions to our lineup and hope to bring them!” He added, From the Earth will for sure be bringing the Golden Spiral Golden Ale, Porch Song IPA, and Third Eye Belgian Tripel. I have had the pleasure of enjoying all of these, and I am looking forward to seeing what surprises they have in store for the festival.
While you’re gleefully gallivanting from tasting tent to tent, you’ll enjoy the feature band Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Atlanta’s Tribute to Elton John, the premier musical tribute band starring singer and performer Steven Dodd. Though I haven’t personally heard the band, I do have complete confidence they will rock the Roswell Square as the musicians from prior Roswell Beer Festivals always have.
Most importantly, by attending the Roswell Beer Festival, you will be giving back to your community as 100% of the profits benefit the STAR House Foundation—a non-profit organization which provides after-school tutoring and mentoring for at-risk children throughout North Fulton County. They also provide a summer camp as an extension of their after-school program. The Current Hub’s own food critic, Joe Duffy is extremely involved with the STAR House Foundation and speaks very highly of the organization and the tremendous impact it has on our community. We are very fortunate and proud to have this organization in Roswell, and any effort to support it is a great thing.
Unfortunately, the ever so popular Roswell Beer Festival is sold out again this year. So why am I teasing you by suggesting you attend an event that is sold out? Well, I’m letting you in on a great opportunity. Volunteers are still needed! Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and support the STAR House Foundation. Each volunteer will receive $30 worth of tokens to apply to food and merchandise available at the festival. Another benefit is meeting the other 349 festival volunteers. I just so happen to know a married couple who met volunteering at the festival over 20 years ago! To sign up, visit roswellbeerfestival.com. My tip to you—follow the Roswell Beer Festival on Facebook so you’ll know when next year’s tickets go on sale, facebook.com/roswellbeerfest.
I look forward to seeing you there!
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When not writing, Roswell resident Tara Gary is busy making industrial furniture, charcuterie boards, and local art. Most nights she can be found with her friends at local breweries and pubs drinking craft beer.