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So Bo Brew Fest debuts Saturday / May 17, 2018
Halifax County has a new craft beer festival on the calendar. Malt-lovers and hopheads will flock to Constitution Square in Downtown South Boston on Saturday for the inaugural SoBo Brew Fest, a six-hour event featuring more than 40 different craft beers. The SoBo Brew Fest is a joint venture between Halifax County Tourism and Destination Downtown South Boston along with presenting sponsors Blue Ridge Beverage and Glerin Business Resources.

“We are excited to partner with Destination Downtown South Boston, Blue Ridge Beverage, and Glerin to debut this festival,” stated Linda Shepperd, director of tourism for Halifax County. “We have a real opportunity to bring visitors from across the state and from neighboring states to Halifax County for this festival. Craft beer tourism is popular throughout the country and has a large following. We look forward to welcoming connoisseurs to novice to folks who want to enjoy a new experience to our community and this event.”

Here’s what’s on tap.

The festivities will kick off Saturday at 1 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and at 2 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. Tickets remain for this first-time event and are on sale at the Visitor Center at 1180 Bill Tuck Highway or online at General admission tickets are $25 for 15 tasting tickets, and VIP tickets are $45 for 25 tasting tickets. The VIP ticket holders will have access to the festival one hour before the gates open to the public and will have special beer tastings during that hour. All ticket holders will receive a commemorative glass. One ticket will provide for a 3-ounce sample or three tickets for a pint of beer. Additional tickets may be purchased on-site.

While there will be plenty of beers to taste, Halifax County’s own Springfield Distillery will be on hand to sample their distilled spirits and provide craft distillery demonstrations and education. Patrons may use one ticket for a sample or three tickets for a 9-ounce cocktail. There will also be a limited selection of wine at the festival for those who will attend, but do not find a favorite craft beer.

In addition to the variety of craft beers, festival-goers will be treated to the musical stylings of local blues-rock trio Burn the Batteau, featuring Donnie Beadles, David Martin, and Sammy Garcia. Burn the Batteau will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. The Konnections will have the crowd dancing to a variety of genres as they play from 3:15-4:30 p.m. The Castaways Band, playing beach music, will entertain from 4:45–6 p.m. Up-and-coming southern rock and new country band, Lees Cut, will close out the festival, taking the stage from 6:15 until the last call at 8 p.m.

Food trucks and tents will be in Constitution Square for festival-goers. Hardman’s Smoke Stack will be on site offering BBQ, catfish, and all the fixings. There will be pizza and pretzel necklaces to purchase as well. A hydration station will be set up with free bottled water.

Public parking will be available at several locations, including the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, town lots, and on-street.

The SoBo Brew Fest will be held rain or shine. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs; however, tents nor coolers are not allowed at this event. There will be a strict no re-entry policy in place on Saturday for the safety of everyone attending the event. Please note that once you’re inside the festival gates, you may not re-enter.

Visit the SoBo Brew Fest website at for more information.

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