Please note you must be 21 years of age, or older, to attend this event.
Must have a valid ID to attend. 100% ID check required.

First Tap Stage

Exit Only

John Shewfelt Jr & Shot Time

Admission Information

$40 admission in advance
$45 admission at the door
$5 Military discount
(Purchase your discounted tickets at Gene’s Chrysler)

Three sessions:
Friday, March 1st, 6-10
Saturday, March 2nd, 1pm & 6pm

Third Annual Beer Festival

Over 146 beers and 58 breweries
from Alaska and the rest of the country
First 1,500 people recieve a commemorative glass.

Food Trucks

big daddy

cheese steak

the fire

the fire


icon 10 Barrel
icon 49th State Brewing
icon Ace Cider
icon Alaska Ciderworks
icon Alaskan Brewing
icon Anchor
icon Arkose Brewery
icon Avery Brewing
icon Baranof Brewing
icon Bear Paw River Brewing
icon Black Raven
icon Black Spruce Brewing
icon Boulevard Brewing
icon Breckenridge
icon Broken Tooth
icon Cynosure Brewing
icon Denali Brewing
icon Deschutes Brewery
icon Double Shovel Cider
icon Elysian
icon Founders Brewing
icon Gakona Brewery
icon Glacier Brewhouse
icon Golden Road
icon Goose Island
icon HooDoo Brewing
icon Hop Valley
icon Incline Cider
icon Kassik's Brewery
icon Kenai River Brewing
icon King Street
icon Kona
icon Kyla Kombucha
icon Lagunitas
icon Matanuska
icon Maui
icon Merchant Du Vin
icon Midnight Sun
icon New Belgium Brewing
icon Ninkasi Brewing
icon North Coast
icon Ommegang
icon Oskar Blues
icon Patagonia
icon Pike Brewing
icon Rekorderlig Cider
icon Samuel Adams
icon Sierra Nevada
icon Stiegl
icon Stone Brewing
icon Truly Hard Seltzer
icon Turnagain
icon Twisted Tea
icon Unibroue
icon Weihenstephaner

Festival Survivial Tips

Pre-Game Smart

Eat a meal about an hour before the festival. Don’t eat too little or too much. Establish a nice foundation for the festival, but give yourself some time to digest your meal. Drinking beer on a empty or full stomach can be equally uncomfortable and unadvisable. Drink water, not beer, before the festival as you’ll have plenty of opportunity to drink beer at the festival, but it’s important to hydrate (with water) before, during, and after. We will have some great food that you can snack on available for purchase. Snacking will help you enjoy the experience.

Follow the 1:1 rule

For every ounce of beer you drink, drink the same amount of water. Not only will you feel better during the festival, but you’ll also feel much better the next day, letting you get right back at it. And if you’re at a festival full of octanes (beers above 8 percent ABV), consider making it a 2:1 rule.

Talk to the brewers

If the brewers themselves (or brewery representatives) man the festival, ask them about their beer. Every beer has a story, and the backdrop will not only deepen your understanding of the beer, but it will also make the entire event more enjoyable. Many of our pourers are volunteers and while we try and give them some back story on the brew what we really want them to focus on is pouring you the best glass they can.

Cut the beer some slack

Unfortunately, most beer festivals don’t provide glassware that accentuates the aroma of the beer, ours should do that and that makes a huge difference in how you are going to perceive it. Whatever you do don’t let the brewer’s see you spitting out their product or making a face like you just stubbed you toe as you walked into the kitchen in the middle of the night.

Have a plan

Do your homework up front about which breweries are going to be attending, which beers they will be serving, and where they are located at the festival. As the event day gets closer you can find this info on our Facebook and website.

Consider all this data as you map out the order in which you want to visit each brewery. Consider everything from the rarity of the beer to the progression of the journey your palate will be undertaking. Use the same strategy you would use at a theme park—hit the highest-demand tables first while the lines are short. Then as the lines grow, branch out to less-crowded ones.

Pretzel necklaces

This is matter of personal taste in a variety of ways. While the Carlson Center does not usually allow outside food, we have gotten approval to offer you these very fashionable accessories, providing convenient access to a palate-cleansing snack. Which when combined with the 1:1 rule above will ensure that you maintain some level of sobriety and get home safe.

Tickets on sale now at:

Military discount $5 with ID and ONLY
on advance purchase at Genes Chrysler
The Carlson Center Box Office
General Admission $40

Carlson Center
2010 2nd Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701