Deland, FL – In celebration of the DeLand Craft Beer Festival to be held on February 9th in downtown DeLand, the MainStreet DeLand Association is declaring February 3rd-9th DeLand Craft Beer Week. Each year craft beer lovers make a pilgrimage to the sell-out festival in Artisan Alley to enjoy craft beer from breweries across the country and the world, as well as rare, vintage and cask beers. There are also educational break-out sessions and a homebrew competition. There will be events and activities throughout the week leading up to the festival.
Festivities get started with the homebrew competition judging. The judging is open to the public, and will take place at the MainStreet DeLand Association office (100 N. Woodland Blvd. Suite 4, DeLand) on February 5th and 6th from 6pm-9pm. Homebrewers will present their most creative porters and “Valentine Inspired” brews. No food, smoking, perfumes or strong smells allowed, please.
On February 7th, join us for the DeLand Craft Beer Festival kickoff party at DeLand Abbey (117 North Woodland Blvd., DeLand) from 8pm-close. There will be raffles and prizes all night long!
There will be a meet and greet at several locations throughout downtown DeLand from 7pm-9pm on February 8th to give the public, event attendees, organizers and brewery representatives an opportunity to meet and network the night before the festival. Locations will be listed on www.delandcraftbeerfestival.com.
Finally, the week culminates on February 9th with the DeLand Craft Beer Festival from 1pm-5pm in Artisan Alley in Downtown DeLand. There will be over 50 breweries and120 beers represented at nearly 40 pour stations. This year’s break out session topics include, “The Future of Craft Beer in Cans,” “The Growth of Craft Beer in Florida,” “The History of Post Prohibition Beer in America” and a Skype session with Southern Tier Brewing Company. Sanford Homebrew Shop will also be on site for the length of the festival giving a brewing demonstration. The workshops and demonstrations are free with festival admission. The after party continues at nightspots throughout downtown DeLand.
Funds raised at the festival benefit the MainStreet DeLand Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Event sponsors include, S.R. Perrott, Daytona Beverage, Conrad Realty, West Volusia Beacon, DeLand Abbey, Beer Geek Speak, Sierra Nevada, Warsteiner, Sam Adams, Boulder Brewing and Widmer Brothers Brewing.
Festival tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door (if available). Tickets can be purchased in person at DeLand Abbey (cash only), 117 N. Woodland Blvd., Deland; and the MainStreet DeLand Association,100 N. Woodland Blvd. Suite 4, DeLand.; or online at: www.delandcraftbeerfestival.com. Must be 21 to enter. No pets. No children, including infants.