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VCBG Announces 1st Annual VIR Craft Beer Fest – August 3, 2019

ALTON, VA – The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) is pleased to announce its newest event in partnership with the VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. The VIR Craft Beer Fest is a continuation of the VCBG’s commitment to providing members with unique regional opportunities to build brand awareness with craft and non-craft beer consumers. This is the first official VCBG event in southern Virginia targeting craft beer and racing enthusiasts from the Raleigh, NC and southern Virginia region. This VIR Craft Beer Fest will take place in the VIR Gallery building from 3pm-8pm on August 3, 2019.

The Gallery is an indoor and air-conditioned area. There will be award winning VCBG brewery members from across the Commonwealth that will serve unlimited tastings from award winning brewers. Southern Virginia breweries and 2019 Virginia Craft Beer Cup medalists will be specially featured. Music and outdoor games will be provided by the event’s signature sponsor – the Virginia Lottery. Great food will be available throughout the VIR venue. Participants can also watch the Sports Car Club of America open practice throughout the day or explore the other VIR experiencesavailable.

The day is going to start with the 1st Annual “Battle of the Brewers Karting Free-For-All” at 1pm at the VIR Kart Track. The VIR Kart Track is a state-of the-art 5/8 mile, 24-foot-wide paved circuit. The karts run ungoverned Honda GX 270cc motors capable of speeds in excess of 50 mph – the fastest speeds you’ll find for go-karts anywhere. Registered brewers will race for the title of 2019 Fastest Brewer! Spectators are welcome to cheer on their favorite brewer.

So why not make a weekend of it? On-premise camping is available in a designated “Brewer Village” at VIR. RV campsites are also available on-premise. To view the full list of options, go to For a list of hotels within 5 miles of the property click here. Tickets to the Sports Car Club of America open practice and VIR Craft Beer Fest can be purchased in advance for $30 per person or at the gate for $40 per person. Designated driver tickets are available to the public at the gate for $10 per person.

This year’s signature sponsor is the Virginia Lottery! For additional information on sponsorship, click here. For more information on this event or the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, please contact Betty Arnold, VCBG Member Services Director, or go to

Some of the Breweries that are attending include:
2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company
Old Bust Head Brewing
Strangeways RVA
Strangeways FXBG
Ballad Brewing
Chaos Mountain Brewing
Spencer Devon Brewing
St. George Brewing
Decipher Brewing

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