Screw City Beer Fest returns for the year


By Nate Johnson

If you’re counting down the days until this year’s Screw City Beer Festival (to be held on September 12, if you’re not), this Saturday marks a big milestone on the way to the event. To mark tickets going on sale and make the wait on queue infinitely more enjoyable, Kryptonite will be hosting ScrewDrive from 8:00 a.m. through on-sale at 2:00 p.m. and beyond.

Wristbands will be provided to those in line around 8 a.m. until all 200 VIP tickets are accounted for. Once banded, patrons will be released from the line to partake in the launch party that will stretch the length of the 100 block of South Main with the block closed between State and Elm.

What had previously been a self-propelled celebration by those line standers has been turned into a full-on event this year, featuring bands, food, and, of course, drinks. There will be a dozen special beer tappings over the course of the day, brewery reps will be on hand, and Kryptonite will offer a build-your-own bloody mary bar. Those more communal can retire to a special tent for a bottle share.

“We’re keying in on people’s passion for craft beer and turning it into a mini-celebration,” says Kryptonite owner Chris Wachowiak. “We’re trying to take a one-day event and turn it into a legacy.”

The fifth annual Screw City Beer Festival will offer over 130 different beers from across the country, featuring such breweries as Bell’s, Lagunitas, and Revolution. For those opting for general admission tickets, they can be purchased online through Ticketfly (reachable through the festival’s website and Facebook page), also available starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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