Sun City Craft Beer Fest serves beer lovers

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Sun City Craft Beer Fest serves beer lovers

Catherine Ramirez, Entertainment Editor

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Sun City Craft Beer Festival, El Paso’s largest craft beer festival, returned to celebrate craft beer on the Borderland for the sixth year on March 30 and 31 at the El Paso Convention Center Plaza.

This year’s festival highlighted and hosted a “Sunday Fun-Day” March 31 with specialty beer-mosas (craft beer and orange juice) for guests and a gift for the first 2,000 attendees with Sun City Beer Festival Koozies. Events and gifts for Sunday also included a special drag show performance by Touch Nightclub & Bar and Alamo Drafthouse Movie Passes.

“I am really excited and proud to show what we have ready for this year’s festival. What was once a dream has now become the largest craft beer festival in El Paso, a quality event that our community deserves to have,” said Nahum Avila Sun City Craft Beer Festival creator in a press release.

The festival featured more than 170 national and local craft breweries and the most popular beers for guests to taste and purchase. General admission tickets to the festival included 10 2 oz. samples of craft beer and the opportunity to purchase beers of their choice. Breweries at the fest included local brewing company Ode Brewing, national brewery Bell’s Brewery, Four Peaks Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company and many more.

A sports bar and liquor lounge was also available for festival attendees who prefer cocktails and other mixed drinks.

“It’s been fun. I like how people are pretty much set in their ways, but are still willing to try new things (beer),” said Ryan Romero, Sun City Craft Beer Festival employee.

Food trucks from local eateries were available for beer fest goers, ranging from tacos, burgers and other specialty food items.

Local EP Home Brewing Equipment and Supplies, 11426 Rojas Drive, presented live brewing lessons to teach attendees how beer is made and where they could get their own brewing supplies to make beer at home.

“We sell the grains, the hops, the yeast, pots and fermenting buckets. We sell everything that you would need to create beer at home,” said Sean Quintero, employee at EP Home Brewing Equipment and Supplies.

The festival included live music, booths from local art and clothing vendors and outdoor games for guests to enjoy as they enjoyed their beverages.

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