We're barely into the new year, but the area's first beer festival is just days away. The 4th Annual Top of the Hops Festival in Biloxi, MS takes place this Saturday at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center starting at 5pm.
Attendees will receive a commemorative mug and the opportunity to taste two ounce samplings of over 150 craft beers. The festival will also feature the Brew University Education Area with beer seminars including Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, Brewing 101 as well as other beer education sessions. Live entertainment, food, and games round out the day.
Among an impressive list of craft breweries attending will be local favorites Back Forty Beer Company out of Alabama, and Mississippi's own Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company and Crooked Letter Brewing Company. That's a great opportunity to support 3 local breweries all under one roof.
General Admission Tickets are $35 in advance. VIP Tickets are $75 in advance and include early entry to the festival at 4pm, access to the VIP area, the opportunity to sample beer selections not available to General Admission Ticket holders, and complimentary food from 5pm to 8pm.
Designated Driver Tickets are $15 in advance and include complimentary soda and water. VIP Designated Driver Tickets are $25 in advance and add early entry to the festival as well as access to the VIP area and complimentary food.
Tickets will be available at the door the day of the festival ONLY if not sold out.
If you're looking for something to do the Friday before the festival, a Four Course Beer Pairing Dinner presented by Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago will take place at Lookout Steaks & Seafood at 7pm.
Keep up with any news or last minute changes by following the Top of the Hops - Biloxi twitter account or liking them on Facebook. For questions check out their FAQ page, or contact them via their official webpage.
Event: 2014 Top of the Hops - Biloxi
Location: Mississippi Coast Convention Center
When: Saturday, February 8th 5pm (last pour 8:45pm)
Cost: $35 General Admission, $75 VIP (tickets sold at door ONLY if not sold out)
Purchase Tickets: TicketMaster