On April 7th, 2018, Americus Main Street will host its second craft beer festival, Hot Glass Craft Beer. Tapping Americus’ rich history of artisan glass blowing and combining it with Georgia’s innovative craft brewing culture, Hot Glass Craft Beer means to bring these two artisan worlds together in one epic event. This event will feature at least 18 regional breweries with three to four different beers from each.
The increasing demand for craft beer and the rich artisan history provides a perfect backdrop for establishing a truly unforgettable event, the uniqueness of which is guaranteed to draw beer enthusiasts, artists, and the curious alike from all over the southwest Georgia region. Our goal for this event is to encourage the continued growth of the local craft beer movement, highlight Americus’ rich history of artisan glassblowing and showcase Americus as an artisan destination.

Schedule

 

Friday, April 6

Time Event
9:00am – 9:30am Check-in/Registration for Glass Symposium
9:30am – 9:45am Welcome from GAS & Mobile Glassblowing Studios (MGBS)
9:45am – 10:15am Americus Glass History: 1969 – now
10:15am – 10:45am MGBS History Presentation: Bringing history into the future
10:45am – 11:00am BREAK
11:00am – 11:30am Green energy options: Timm Muth of Jackson County Green Energy Park
11:30am – 12:30pm Unique Perspectives: Panel on Dragon Furnace Potential
12:30pm – 12:45pm BREAK – head to Lenny’s Market, Downtown Americus
12:45pm – 1:15pm Veggie oil furnace intro & lighting – Timm Muth & MGBS
1:15pm – 4:00pm BREAK/Visit GSW University Art Department
4:00pm – 5:00pm MGBS Factory tour, Alzheimer’s Glass & Iron Silent Auction preview
5:00pm – 8:00pm First Friday Americus at Lenny’s Market: 2-3 furnaces, live music starts at 8pm
8:00pm – 10:00pm First Friday After Dark: Continued demonstrations, live music, fire performers

Entertainment provided by:
Southern Skies

Saturday, April 7

Time Event
1:00pm – 2:00pm Premium Ticket Admission Opens
2:00pm – 6:00pm General Admission Opens
7:00pm Tap Takeover throughout Americus on the Historic Trolley
Entertainment Provided by:
The Pluck Tones
Evergreen Family Band

Circle The Dragons: Mobile Glass Round-Up!

 

April 6, 2018

On Friday, April 6th, Mobile Glassblowing Studios will host a variety of activities for local and national artists and patrons (see detailed schedule below). Participants in the morning symposium (9:30am-1:15pm) are encouraged to REGISTER HERE on this Eventbrite page to receive a name badge, discounts at participating local businesses, and the opportunity to pre-order a limited-edition event T-shirt. Registration is FREE, as are all the events on Friday, 4/6.

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES

More added each week!

FOOD VENDORS

Please Bring Cash for Food Vendors

Tickets

GENERAL ADMISSION WITH BEER
General Admission cost is $30 in advance and $40 at the gate
(unless sold out)

General admission tickets allow you access to the festival from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass for beer tasting and 7 tasting tickets. Must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the event.

GENERAL ADMISSION NO BEER
$10 at the Gate

A General Admission ticket holder will receive access to the event.  General Admission ticket holders do NOT receive a tasting glass and are NOT permitted to sample any beer. Must be 18+ and present valid photo ID for entry. Any General Admission ticket holder seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately.

PREMIUM TICKET ADMISSION
$75 (LIMITED SALES)—SOLD OUT

Premium Admission will include admission to the event 1 hour early with access to special beers and premium craft draught beer only available at the Sponsor Tent. Access to the Sponsor Tent also includes catered snacks, a special premium seating area to view the festival, and a private bathroom for premium admission guests only. Premium Admission gate will open at 1:00pm. Ticket price includes a hand-blown souvenir tasting glass for beer tasting and this admission includes unlimited tastings (however we reserve the right to refuse service for those abusing this privilege).
Children 17 and under are permitted and free of admission fee when accompanied by a paying adult ticket.

 

Ticket Locations in Americus:
Center Stage Market
Mobile Glassblowing Studios
Americus Main Street (located inside City Hall)
Premium Tickets will only be available online.

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteer for the event and receive FREE General Admission as well as exclusive After Party Admission.

PARKING

LODGING

The Americus Hot Glass Craft Beer Festival is proud to partner with many great bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels in Americus-Sumter County to offer lodging.

2018 SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR

HOPS & BARLEY SPONSOR

GLASS FURNACE SPONSOR

GROWLER SPONSOR

Marty McDonald Agency

IN-KIND SPONSOR

MEDIA SPONSOR

THIS EVENT IS HOSTED BY: