Magic City Brewfest is returning to Sloss Furnaces on June 6

Magic City Brewfest
A crowd of happy beer-drinkers. Photo via Free the Hops

This just in–Magic City Brewfest is returning to Sloss Furnaces in 2020. Although you can’t purchase tickets just yet, here are a few things you want to know about the 14th year of this event.

14th Annual Magic City Brewfest

Magic City Brewfest
P.S. Make sure to bring your pennies! In accordance with ABC laws, you must drop one penny-per-taste at each tasting booth you attend.  Photo via Magic City Brewfest on Facebook

Magic City Brewfest is an event hosted by Free the Hops that showcases the very best work that craft brewers can whip up. Each year, guests get to try more than 150 of the best beers from across the state, including the award-winning brews from right here in Birmingham. In the past, these included specialty and cask ales–those rare brews that are almost impossible to find on the market.

About Free the Hops

The 2016 commemorative glass from Free the Hops. Photo via Free the Hops on Facebook

Founded in 2004, Free the Hops is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to bringing high-quality beers to Alabama. Through their activism and efforts, Alabamians have gained several beer-related rights in the past few years.

  • In 2009, Free the Hops advocated for legislation such as the Gourmet Beer Bill, which legalized beer with an ABV above 6% in Alabama.
  • Then, in 2011, Free the Hops supported the Brewery Modernization Act, which legalized brewery and distillery tasting rooms in Alabama.

In addition to Magic City Brewfest, Free the Hops also hosts the annual Rocket City Brewfest in Huntsville.

Here Are the Details

Magic City Brewfest
Remember to bring your ID! Without it, you won’t be able to try the craft brews. Photo via Magic City Brewfest on Facebook
  • Date: Saturday, June 6 2020
  • Time: 4:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Location: Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222

Since there is a lot of work for the volunteers and partners to do, tickets aren’t on sale yet. However, stay tuned–Bham Now will keep you up to date.

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