The first SPI Beer Fest will take place Saturday Aug. 23 at the convention center from 6 p.m. – midnight.
The event will showcase over 200 beers ranging in styles, flavors and breweries. Tickets can be purchased at www.spibeerfest.com. There will be a $100 VIP, $20 General Admission (Pre-sale), $30 General Admission (at the door), $30 Designated Driver VIP Band, $10 Designated Driver Band General Admission.
Due to the recent rise in craft and speciality beers SPI Beer Fest promises to give the a one-of-a-kind opportunity to sample a wide range of beers, speak to brew masters and learn about home brewing.
The event came together when members of the SPI Beer Fest board were talking about how many beer festivals they had been involved with over the years.
“We wanted to do something at South Padre Island because it’s the Valley’s playground,” XXXX Gaby Jones said. “You can get people from Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco, McAllen and anybody to go to South Padre.”
The event will also feature live music and cuisine from the Rio Grande Valley’s most popular restaurants. The headliner for the event will be Clarissa Serna, who was featured on NBC’s The Voice and was part of Team Shakira. Other bands include The BrownsVillians, Chris Marshall, Rockstar Denied, Tragedy N April, Moonstar, Issac & the Gentlemen and Costello.
A portion of the proceeds from SPI Beer Fest will benefit Sea Turtle Inc., whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured sea turtles, educate the public and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.
“We wanted to (benefit) something local and that was on the island,” Jones said.
Franke, Realtors will be offering special rates during this time for visitors to the area. Call Franke Realtros at 956-761-2606 for details and more information and mention BEERFEST2014.
Pedro Perex IV