On Saturday, Seymour Main Street is inviting craft beer lovers to sample nine different breweries at the inaugural Soak Up the Suds Brewfest in downtown Seymour.
The event will help kick off a summer of planned events and activities at Community Crossroads Park, 101 E. Tipton St.
Beginning at noon, people will have the opportunity to taste and purchase beers from Nashville’s Quaff ON! Brewing Co., Indianapolis’ Bier Brewery and Centerpoint Brewing Co., Fishers’ Four Day Ray Brewing, Seymour’s own Chateau de Pique and Seymour Brewing Co., Bedford’s Salt Creek Brewery, Louisville’s Goodwood Brewing Co. and Bloomington’s Upland Brewing Co.
Becky Schepman, executive director of Seymour Main Street, said there might be a few surprises, too.
She’s expecting between 300 and 500 people to attend in the event’s first year because of the popularity of craft beer in the area and across the state.
Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks, including Hillbilly Hotdogs, Nacho Momma’s and The Pizza Bread Guys.
Besides beer and food, participants can enjoy live music on the JCB Pavilion from Lonesome Crow at noon and Cody Ikerd and the Sidewinders at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $30 for general admission, $40 for VIP early admission or $10 for designated drivers and are available at seymourmainstreet.org. Tickets also can be purchased the day of the event at the park.
Those buying their tickets early will receive a mini-pilsner glass for tasting featuring the Soak Up the Suds logo and sponsor Pizza Palace’s logo.
Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. with VIP early admission from noon to 1 p.m.
"This event is not just for people who enjoy craft beer," Schepman said. "You can enjoy a day at the new park with some amazing music. Ten dollars is a great price for a day filled with friends and music at the park."
Schepman said she got the idea to try a brew fest after attending an event in Greenwood called WAMMfest.
"It’s a wine, spirits and arts and music festival," she said. "It was a lot of fun, and I wanted to do something similar in Seymour."
Next year, after the revitalization of One Chamber Square is completed, Schepman said she would like to see Soak Up the Suds get bigger.
"If attendance is good this year, we hope to continue with this event and expand on it every year with more breweries and add more music and also local artisans," she said.
The whole idea is to get people to come to downtown Seymour.
She hopes people will stop in some of the downtown stores, grab lunch at one of the restaurants and attend the brew fest or attend the event and then grab dinner downtown afterwards.
"As always, these events are a great way to remind the community we have a great downtown and get them in the habit of coming here, parking, walking through and seeing all the cool stores they may not have known we have," she said.
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What: Inaugural Soak up the Suds Brewfest featuring nine local breweries, food trucks and live music from Lonesome Crow and Cody Ikerd and the Sidewinders
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday with VIP early admission at noon
Where: Crossroads Community Park, 101 E. Tipton St., Seymour
Participating breweries: Quaff ON!, Bier, Four Day Ray, Chateau de Pique, Seymour Brewing Co., Salt Creek, Centerpoint, Goodwood and Upland
Cost: $30 for general admission; $40 for VIP early admission; $10 for designated drivers
To purchase tickets, visit seymourmainstreet.org.
For information, call Becky Schepman at 812-216-0742 or email [email protected].