Cold and Frosty: Barley Bros. Beer Fest 

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25

All hail the ale. Yes, beer fans, it's time to activate your designated drivers and head to Meridian's Julius M. Kleiner Park for the Barley Bros. Traveling Beer Show.

The weekend quaff-fest features a vast range of beers suitable for any palate, mixing dozens of local award-winning breweries with those from further afield (fancy a Longboard Lager all the way from Hawaii?). Featuring everything from the humble hefeweizen and that staple of American craft beer, the IPA, to porters and pilsners, it will be a smorgasbord of beer tasting.

Along with the beers, this year's show features a gluten-free tent with beers and hard ciders for those with dietary restrictions, a real-ale tent with more than 20 firkins ("big casks," to the non-beer drinker) of rare and unique beers, and a future brewers' tent showing off the brews you'll be stocking up on in the near future. Hands-on demonstrations will also give an introduction to the homebrew industry.

Brewforia Beer Market will be in the food tent, serving burgers and barbecue to the hopefully not-too-plastered punters, and live music will keep the spirits high.

Tickets can be bought online or at Brewforia Beer Market starting at $35 for a day pass or $60 for the whole weekend. The price includes a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples. Yes, unlimited. Just don't blame them for the hangover the next day.

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