The first ever Tallahassee Beer Festival (TBF), a beer tasting event, took place on Saturday, January 26, at The Pavillion of the Centre of Tallahassee. Event goers enjoyed unlimited samples of over 150 kinds of beer from over 60 different breweries, ranging from home brewers and local breweries to regional and national brands.
The event netted over $20,000, and all proceeds benefited the charities of the United Partners for Human Services. This event, which sold out with 1,260 tickets. Though scheduled originally for October 13 of last year, the TBF was rescheduled due to Hurricane Michael.
Ben Graybar, an organizer for the event told TR that “Originally we thought the Tallahassee Beer Festival would stand out for the array of brews we’re offering for tasting, but what we’ve come to realize is that this event is going to truly be special due to the unbelievable community that has supported it.”
When buying tickets online at Ticketmaster, event goers could mention their preferred charity. The top two charities that benefited were United Partners for Human Services and Turn About, each receiving over $2,000.
Agencies getting over $1,000 included Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Legal Services of North Florida, and the Oasis Center for Women and Girls. Also, agencies benefiting from over $500 included 2-1-1 Big Bend, Big Bend Cares, Capital City Youth Services, and Sustainable Tallahassee.
Participants enjoyed food from Dreamland BBQ while enjoying their brews, and could also partake in a cornhole tournament. The location for the event was perfect and is already booked again for next year.
Graybar explained, “I’m so glad the event sold as many tickets as it did, and that people seemed to have such a great time.”
When asked what surprised him most about the event, Graybar told TR, “The distributors both said they’re not only participating again next year but want to increase their presence.”
Also, with three more brewers and three more home brewers, next year’s event will likely have even more participation. The event will take place again on January 25, 2020.