Brewing up a Good Time Downtown

Just in time for Father’s Day, the Downtown Association announces Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival set for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 16,  in Town Square Park. Presented in partnership with Corner Market, the sixth annual festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. 
A part of the FestivalSouth celebration in June, the Hattiesburg Craft Beer festival focuses on the brewers and artisans of the industry, highlighting the uniqueness and creativity of craft beers. Tastings of more than 100 beers will be available from more than 30 breweries throughout Mississippi and surrounding states.
“Hattiesburg is a champion for the expanding craft beer movement,” Andrea Saffle, executive director for Hattiesburg Downtown Association, said. 
“Our beer festival has grown and enhanced alongside the industry. Last year, we expanded it outdoors to Town Square Park, and it was our biggest and most successful fest yet.” 
Six years ago, the way Mississippians enjoyed craft beer shifted through the passing of new legislation. This small change in beer laws brought about a huge economic and cultural impact that is still being felt today in Hattiesburg. Home to Southern Prohibition Brewing, a number of bars and stores that focus on craft beer, and a craft beer club, Hattiesburg encourages “crafting your own adventure” to visitors and locals alike. 
“VisitHBURG is looking forward to another great event, partnering with Downtown Hattiesburg, Corner Market, and the craft beer industry,” said Marlo Dorsey, executive director of Hattiesburg Tourism Commission.   
“This lively festival welcomes craft beer enthusiasts to Hattiesburg during FestivalSouth, which is filled with a variety of things to do. This year we are expecting continued visitor growth from surrounding states as the fest catches the attention of those outside of Hattiesburg.” 
Additionally, local and regional homebrewers are expected, offering brews unavailable in mass market to festivalgoers. Attendees will also be entertained with live music, interactive vendors and field games. All are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the green space. 
Food and other local vendors will be on site during the festival as well. 
Lastly, the event promotes safety via designated driver ticket options and a partnership with Grove Transit. Festival attendees can schedule rides to and/or from the event through Grove Transit. The Hattiesburg Trolley will also serve as a complimentary shuttle service to select Hattiesburg restaurants and bars. 
General admission tickets are $35 each and include a sampling mug, unlimited sampling and complimentary soft drinks and water while supplies last. Designated driver general tickets are available for $5 each and include non-alcoholic beverages. 
The festival will also offer a VIP experience, complete with general admission amenities, exclusive brews, food offerings, private restrooms, a festival t-shirt, and air conditioning. VIP ticket holders will receive early access to the festival starting at 5pm. Tickets are $70 for VIP admission or $25 for VIP designated driver admission. 
Advance online ticket purchase is recommended, or visit the festival on Facebook.