1: All Indiana Breweries
Brewed IN the Fort Craft Beer Fest capitalizes the “IN” for a reason. It’s all about the Indiana pride. That Independent beer made by the hardest working brewers anywhere! Maybe some beer drinkers don’t care what they drink, but you have a more discerning palate. You realize there is a lot of great beer in your own backyard. That’s why we put on this event. To showcase the best that Indiana beer has to offer!
2: Local Food
Craving some Cuban? Pining for Pizza? Baying for Barbeque? Tickled by Tex-Mex? Burning for Burgers? Dancing for some dogs? Well we’ve got 6 local food vendors ready to serve you a satisfying plate to soak up those local suds you are sipping.
3: Local Music
Our good friends Rogues and Bandits, Horizon Arcs and Three Cities will be jammin’ all throughout the event. So when you’ve had too much beer, you can dance off that energy you wild thing you!
4: It benefits the Fort Wayne Trails
You can enjoy over 300 beers at Brewed IN the Fort while also helping a great cause! BITF2018 we raised $19,500 for the Fort Wayne Trails to keep our cities interconnected with trails and bike paths. Check them out here:https://www.fwtrails.org/
If you really want to help their cause, they are selling Trails VIP tickets which include some very special amenities while raising some serious cash for Fort Wayne Trails. It’s a win-win-win-win-win!
5: It says goodbye to summer and hello to autumn (always beautiful weather)
Early September is perfect weather to be outside. Just leaving Labor Day behind, we now look forward to those cool crisp nights in autumn! No matter what Indiana weather may throw at us, it is a perfect spot to enjoy beer and the company of others at Headwaters Park. Under the big pavillion it stays cool and beautiful….just like those Indiana beers.
6: Connect with local homebrew clubs
Wanting to connect with likeminded beer fanatics? Step on up to the Girl Pint Out, MASH, and Pour Misfits booths. They are homebrewers, local beer enthusiasts, and creative souls set to start you on the path to beer righteousness. You can taste their delicious wares, and learn how you can start making your own beer at home! Often many of these members go on to start their own breweries or other beer savvy industries.
7: Meet the Brewmasters behind the brew
Brewed IN the Fort has one rule. The brewery has to send someone working directly for their company. When you taste the beer, the representatives can talk about the stories behind the beer. They will tell bad jokes while answering technical questions about what makes their beer special.
8: Connect with the Northern IN Beer Trail and the Brewers of Indiana Guild
Ifyou live in Northern Indiana or even if you are just visiting. Stop by the Northern Indiana Beer Trail booth to grab a passport. Once you’ve obtained your passport you can visit all the local area brewpubs, get your passport stamped, and win prizes for your travels!
The Indiana Brewers Guild will be on hand if you wish to join at the state level. You can learn about all the great work they do keeping the laws friendly to craft brewers in Indiana as well as score some awesome merch. They also setup the biggest and best craft beer festivals in the state, so check them out to learn more about upcoming events.
9: Every guest gets a beautiful full size tasting glass
Samples are 2 oz pours, but you will enjoy the beauty and style of a 13oz glass. Custom printed and yours for the keeping at the end of the event! Once safely home, it is yours to look upon fondly of your amazing time at Brewed IN the Fort Craft Beer Festival.
10: This is the 21st Annual festival (from humble beginnings)
Brewed IN the Fort Craft Beer Festival is turning 21! Amazing! It started off as Oktobeerfest back in 1998. Just a small collection of breweries and beer fans in the parking lot of Mad Anthony Brewing on Broadway and Taylor street. Since then, it has continued to grow and evolve. Now with over 55 breweries attending in downtown Fort Wayne, the only thing missing is YOU! Become a part of history and join us for Fort Wayne’s Premier Craft Beer Event. #BITF2019 will be one for the books and we are excited to see you there.