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Media release: The 12th Annual Rome Beer Festival, presented by the Rome Area Council for the Arts, will be held at Heritage Park on Saturday, Nov. 2. Along with an extensive selection of craft beers, this year’s event will have additional food offerings along with other festive additions. Traditionally held in September, this year’s event will be held in early November so attendees can enjoy the cooler fall temperatures.
Beer: There will be an array of craft beers from all over the country. In addition to cutting edge brands, many of Georgia’s most popular breweries will be represented such as Creature Comforts, Orpheus, SweetWater, Monday Night, Scofflaw, Terrapin and more. Local favorite Rome City Brewing will be serving their best sellers and will be debuting their latest beer “When in Rome IPA” at Rome Beer Fest. They’re partnering with V3 on a special design for the premiere.
Food: Several local eateries will be on site selling select items from their menus allowing festival participants to enjoy lunch, dinner and snacks on site. Aventine, soon-to-launch restaurant on West Third Street, will be showcasing part of the menu. Harvest Moon and Jamwich will be partnering with presenting sponsor Louisiana Hot Sauce to offer up some spicy food options. La Scala will be making bratwursts and other beer-friendly foods. And Johnny’s New York Style Pizza will be serving slices.
VIP: River Dog Outpost will host of the VIP area which will offer a noon entrance with it’s own live music, first dibs on the best new beers, private bathrooms, seating, party favors and more.
Music: Justin Brogdon and Jess Franklin will be the headline musicians. Brogdon is the lead singer and guitarist of Athens based rock trio The Royal Velvet in addition to being a well known singer/songwriter. Franklin is the band leader and lead guitar player for country star Brantley Gilbert and formerly played in the popular band, Tishamingo.
Raffle: The Foundry Growler Bar is donating a home brew kit that will be raffled at the event
College football: Parker Systems will be hosting an area with two big screen televisions for attendees looking to tune in on the 3:30 p.m. Georgia-Florida game.
Tickets: General admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $100. Designated driver wristbands are $10 online and at the gate. Tickets and other info can be found at romebeerfest.com.
Admission: Gates open at noon for VIP and 1 p.m. for general admission. Last pour will be at 4:45 p.m. and the event will conclude at 5.
Sponsors: Louisiana Hot Sauce (presenting sponsor), Benjamin F. Edwards, River Dog Outpost, Patriot Mills, Starr Matthews, Rome City Brewing, Ball Corporation, Romega Digital, Parker Systems, Canoe House, Rome Axe Throwing, R.H. Ledbetter Properties, Hardy Realty, V3, Garner & Glover and River City Bank.
Volunteers: There are still some slots available to volunteer for the event. All volunteers receive free admission, a Rome Beer Fest T-shirt along with a 16-ounce commemorative cup.
Where all of the proceeds go: Rome Beer Fest is one of two primary fundraisers that the Rome Area Council for the Arts uses to support multiple arts organizations and events in the community. Founded in 1976, RACA is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the creative life of the Floyd County community through the visual, performing, literary and applied arts. In 2018, RACA gifted more than $30,000 back into the community including the Anna K. Davie Elementary School Art program, Kindermusik at South Rome Learning Center, tickets to cultural events for Open Door home and the Boys and Girls Club, Rome Shakespeare Theater, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Rome International Film Festival, Rome Little Theater and the Historic DeSoto Theater RACA children’s series. To learn more, visit www.romearts.org.