Fifth Annual Von Brewski Beer Festival Returns

What’s better than one Von Brewski Beer Festival? How about four of them?

Changes due to the ongoing pandemic will turn the fifth annual suds bash into four events the weekend of Feb. 12-13 at the Von Braun Center. Prior festivals have been four-hour events in the VBC South Hall, attracting more than 1,600 each year to sample a variety of different beers on tap, swap ideas on tastes and enjoy live music.

This year’s festival in Mars Music Hall will be split into four events, each lasting three hours, with a 200-attendee capacity to meet social distancing recommendations. Between sessions, the venue will be cleaned, sanitized and restocked by the VBC team for the next event.

Attendees will be able to enjoy more than 70 taps offering local, regional and international brews, along with live music, pre-made pretzel necklaces and a cash bar for non-drinkers.

“We’re thrilled with the announcement that Von Brewski will be returning for another year,” VBC Marketing and Public Relations Manager Samantha Nielsen said. “Attendees from all over the region look forward to our festival, and we’re more than happy to implement every precaution in order to bring back our signature event.”

Sample pours will be served in disposable cups to limit touchpoints. Attendees will receive a souvenir, limited-edition Von Brewski glass when leaving the event. Along with the pretzel necklaces, which will be pre-made, tasty brats, pretzels and loaded nachos will be available for purchase. Different solo artists will perform at each session.

“It’s important to all of us at the VBC to provide a safe and fun event for our guests to enjoy,” Nielsen said. “While Von Brewski may look different this year, we’re excited to maintain the spirit of the beer festival and continue the tradition of bringing friends and brews together. A limited number of tickets are available for each event, so we’re encouraging anyone interested in attending to purchase tickets early — especially if you’ll be attending with a group.”

Tickets can be purchased in person at the VBC Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $40, but increase to $50 on the days of the event.  A non-sampling ticket is $15. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid ID.