A year ago, before undertaking his first Palm Beach Craft Beer Festival, organizer Rodney Mayo said his biggest challenge was overcoming the stigma of it being “just another beer fest.” Consider that hurdle cleared. While the hot air balloon was a bit of a flop, (too windy) everything else seemed to go exceptionally smoothly.
This year the balloon has been deflated to make room for more important things — like beer and food.
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IF YOU GO
What: Second Annual Palm Beach Craft Beer Festival
When: Saturday, from 4 to 9 p.m.; VIP from 3 to 9 p.m.)
Where: Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia Street, downtown West Palm Beach
Tickets: The $40 general admission charge buys a wristband and beer access for attendees 21 and over, $80 VIP. Attendees under 21 are welcome to enjoy the non-beer festivities. Purchase tickets at PBCBF.com
Craft beer: There will be 150-plus beers from 45 local, regional, national and international brewers, including Due South, SweetWater, Brooklyn, Hobgoblin, Oskar Blues, Dogfish Head, La Socarrada, Kona and Chimay.
Charitable cause: The festival benefits the Marjorie S. Fisher Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County