Tap into some Fun at the Electric City Brew Fest

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First Posted: 11/6/2014

Tap into some fun and some beer at the annual Electric City Craft Brew Fest at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, Nov. 15. There will be more than 60 craft brews to sample and participants can go to beer school to learn more about what they are drinking.

“We are excited to have the brew fest at Mohegan Sun again,” said Mike Bean, president at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “It is one that I always attend and one of my favorite events of the year.”

The VIP Session begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 or $60 at the door. Guests will get to meet the brewers, sample exclusive brews, a $10 food voucher, a complimentary gift and a Brew Fest Sampling glass. Beer school for the VIP session begins at 2 p.m.

The general session begins at 5 p.m. and beer school starts at 6 p.m. Advanced tickets cost $29 and tickets at the door will be $40. General session attendees will receive a Brew Fest sampling glass and have access to more than 50 craft brew samples.

The beer school will educate the public that there is more to beer fests than just drinking. Event organizers and beer educators want to show there is more to hops and barley than a tough Sunday morning.

“We want to teach the nuances of the beers,” said educator Sean Wolfe. “We want people to taste the flavors and know the profiles of the beers they are drinking. We hope that with the beer school they will get something extra out of the event.”

Craft beer differs from domestic beer because it is produced by smaller breweries and is usually not widely distributed. Domestic beer can usually be purchased anywhere.

Classes at the fest will be the “Road Trip” and the “Belgian Invasion.” The Road Trip takes tasters through a tour of breweries in Pennsylvania including Nimble Hill, Yuengling, Weyerbacher, Victory and Yards. The Belgian Invasion teaches tasters about the Abbey beers. Students will drink two certified Abbeys and two non certified Abbeys as well as one American Craft Abbey beer. The brews tasted in school are exclusive to the classroom, so to taste them, one must enroll in the class.

Beer school does hold monthly meetings with the Scranton Brewers Guild and they also do various sampling events around the area throughout the year. There will be a craft beer information table staffed with those knowledgeable about beer and who will be able to direct patrons in the right direction.

For more information about the event, visit ecbrewfest.com.