Originally posted on Summer Ball  |  Last updated 4/22/12
From the CPL The Gastonia Grizzlies baseball club announced today the details of the 4th Annual Ballpark Beer Fest, set for May 12, 2012 at Sims Legion Park. The Grizzlies will be again working in conjunction with the Gaston County Jaycees and will be hosting the event at the ballpark under the lights from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
The festival will be celebrating craft beers in the Southeast and will be featuring more than 125 total beers. The 4th Annual festival will include many new breweries, including Four Saints Brewing, Liberty Brewing, Bear Republic, Mendocino, Port City, Eel River, Boulder, Loe’s Brewing and Shiner.

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New to the event in 2012 is the VIP ticket that includes an hour early entrance to meet the brewers and brewery representatives and dinner. Tickets are $40 for VIP and there are only 100 available. For the first time in 2012, RockHouse Events is teaming up with the Grizzlies to host party buses from Chartlotte to the Beer Fest. For $40 attendees can receive a general admission ticket and a ride to and from the festival.
Other breweries involved include: Noda Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewery, Kind Beers, Olde Mecklenburg, Olde Hickory, Mother Earth, New Belgium, Thomas Creek, Alternate Beverage, Carolina Beer, RJ Rockers, Kona, Widmer, Sweet Water, Blue Moon, Starr Hill, Red Hook and Brooklyn Brewery, Bottle Tree Brewing, Skull Coast Brewing, Boone Brewing Company, Oscar Blues, Natty Greene’s, and Harpoon Brewery.

Wines and ciders will be available again in 2012 from Baker Buffalo Creek, Windy Hill Orchard, Crispin and Woodchuck.

The 2011 Beer festival sold out and the 4th Annual Festival is expected to sell out before May 12th as well. Tickets are $25 and include a sampling glass, unlimited samples and live music. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.gastoniagrizzlies.com/beerfest.htm or by calling 704-866-8622.

Unique to the event is the opportunity for the patrons to select their favorite beer. After the event, the winning beer for the Beer Fest will be served on tap for all Grizzlies games during the 2012 season.
The 2012 Beer Fest event will also include a live performance from Caleb Davis Band. In addition, there will be games and a wide variety of food available.

“We are especially excited for this year’s beer festival, says Gastonia Grizzlies Managing Partner, Jesse Cole. “We were blown away by the response of last year’s festival and made it our goal to bring even more great breweries this year. We have heard from a lot of the fans who have come out the last two years, that there is nothing better than being out on the field and under the lights while drinking good beer and listening to live music.”

The event is limited to the first 1,000 people and designated driver tickets are also available for $5. For more information visit http://www.gastoniagrizzlies.com/beerfest.htm

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives college players a chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had more than 930 alums drafted and 48 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander - make their major league debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via twitter (at cpleague).


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