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Love craft beer? Tap It embraces local breweries at fourth-annual Brew Fest
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Tap It will be hosting its fourth-annual Brew Fest on Saturday, July 27, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

Tap It Gainesville Growlers’ fourth-annual Brew Fest is pouring into Gainesville Saturday, July 27. 

Tap It welcomes people to indulge in a lineup of Georgia-brewed beers from 3-9 p.m. at its 1850 Thompson Bridge Road location. 

Tap It Brew Fest

What: Fourth-annual local beer festival

When: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, July 27

Where: 1850 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

More info and vendor reservations: 678-897-3985

Justin Mathis, the business’ general manager, said more than 10 breweries and cideries will set up tents at the event, including Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Co., Scofflaw Brewing Co. and Atlanta Hard Cider. 

Jim Tortorelli, co-owner of Tap It, said the festival aims to bring exposure to both Gainesville and the craft beer industry. 

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for people to see what’s out there,” he said. “There’s a lot of innovative and interesting things going on in beer now with sours, stouts and IPAs.”

The event costs $15 to enter. This includes tickets for six 4-ounce beer samples and a Tap It cup to take home. If people want more than six samples, they can buy additional tickets for $2 a piece. 

Tortorelli said the event is family-friendly. 

OBA Brazillian-Cuisine, Sherry’s Barbecue and On the Roll Maine Lobster will set up food trucks during the festival. Cardboard Willie, a Gainesville-based band, and DJ Imperial Records Cooperative will offer live musical entertainment. 

Last year around 800 people attended the event. Torterelli said he’s expecting 800-1,000 for the fourth festival. 

“People should come out because we’re having a bunch of local breweries and a whole bunch of different beers,” Mathis said. “I’m excited about the camaraderie among breweries.”

Tap It has spaces available for businesses, artists and nonprofits to set up tables at the event. To reserve a vendor tent, contact Tortorelli at 678-897-3985.

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