The first people to successfully paint the town red spent more time haphazardly assembling scaffolding and arguing about who got to be the foreman than enjoying the results. Take the planning out of carousing with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two general-admission tickets to the Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival (a $60 value), held at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, May 20, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival hosts more than 35 different breweries, pouring upward of 200 palate-pleasing brews for hop hounds to swirl and savor. A ticket earns ale aficionados a wristband for admission that yields a 5-ounce beer-sampling glass, automatic entry into a silent auction, and a handy way to differentiate between right and left. Guzzle sudsy nectar brewed by a vast cadre of exemplary malt-makers, such as Sierra Nevada, Dos Equis, and Bell’s, while pairing the 5-ounce sipping-sidekick with scrumptious vittles dished up by local restaurants.
With digestive toboggan tracks well oiled, loosen up to the tunes of merry music makers who encourage patrons to trip the light fantastic without staining its shirt and apologizing profusely. Proceeds from the silent auction and other prize giveaways benefit the Southside Businessmen’s Club Charities, and a syndicate of brew gurus offer an informative, insider’s look at the brewing industry.