This summer, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild will bring back the Real, Wild, and Woody Craft Beer Festival, a tasting event targeted at hardcore beer fans.
The second annual festival will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18 — and this year, the event is moving to the Phoenix Convention Center. Organizers say the new location will allow the festival to expand from last year's size. Already more than 50 breweries have signed on to participate.
Real, Wild, and Woody stands out from other beer festivals in that the event aims to showcase "wild and unconventional" brew styles that you might not see elsewhere. Last year, many breweries tapped beers available only to taste at the event, and attendees can look forward to many high ABV beers, seasonal brews, beer cocktails, and other small-batch favorites.
The event also is designed to be a more intimate experience. Organizers say the convention center will allow each brewery more space so that attendees can interact on a more personal level.
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Tickets are $57 and include 20 beer sampling tickets and small bites from local restaurants and breweries. Designated driver tickets will also be available for $25 and include small bites from local restaurants and breweries. Tickets are limited in quantity and sold out last year.
Tickets may be purchased at the Phoenix Convention Box Office, by calling 602-262-7272 (or walk up) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at the Real, Wild, and Woody Festival website.