Beer fans will have the chance this month to sample a selection of more than 150 beers and support a local charity at the same time.
The second annual Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. May 19 in the parking lot next to TapWerks Ale House, 121 E Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown.
Visitors can purchase tickets for either of the sessions — or both — for $35 per person, per session, at www.oklahomacraftbeerfestival.com.
TapWerks general manager and event organizer Greg Powell said proceeds from the beer-tasting event will benefit the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.
“So far they've been a great partner to work with, and we're hoping we can have a sizable donation for them when everything is said and done,” Powell said.
Beers available for sampling will include offerings from all of Oklahoma's craft breweries, as well as ales and lagers from several national breweries. The festival will arrive at the tail end of American Craft Beer Week, which is celebrated by breweries, pubs and bars across the country.
Powell said he hopes to double attendance from last year's event, and he's trying to double the amount of beers available to accomplish that goal.
“We'd love to have attendance up around 1,200 (or) 1,300 people this year,” he said.
The festival will include live bands during both sessions and food from Earl's Rib Palace, Big Truck Tacos and Waffle Champion.
Powell said the event is a good fit for beer connoisseurs and those who are just getting into beer, and it's a chance for the state's breweries to show off their work.
“It's a way to build the beer culture for everyone around here,” he said.