On Aug. 25, 2012 the Rotary Club of downtown Macon, Main Street Macon, and several downtown venues, hosted The Macon Beer Festival.
The state of Georgia is the home to many famous breweries such as, Sweetwater, Terrapin, Redbrick, and Jailhouse breweries.
In celebration of these breweries, many festivals are held throughout the state year-round. Savannah holds the annual Savannah Craft Brew Festival, Atlanta holds the Great Atlanta Beer Festival at Turner Field, and the most famous beer festival, Oktoberfest, is held in Helen.
This year, Macon chose to participate in the beer festivities by hosting their very own beer festival.
The festival took on the theme of “Pints for Prostates.”
Pints for Prostates is a cam paign that uses the language of beer to reach males with an important health message.
This campaign aims to raise the awareness of the dangers of prostate cancer and emphasize the importance of regular PSA testing and health screenings.
In order to stress the importance of a PSA test, all men 40 and over were offered a few PSA blood tests at the event. The blood test usually costs around $75.
There were eight local downtown venues that participated in this event.
These venues included: earfoot Tavern, Cox Capital Theatre, The Downtown Grill, The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom, Lemongrass, Roasted Café and Lounge, and The Rookery.
The event began at 4 p.m. and lasted until 7 p.m.
Participants were able to go from one venue to the next, trying out all of the different beers that each restaurant and bar had to offer.
Each venue offered three different beers to taste, adding up to a grand total of 24 different beers.
A wide variety of beers were offered and venues carried many beers that are not typically seen around Macon.
Ticket sales were limited to a maximum of 500 tickets in order to prevent the streets from becoming too crowded.
Tickets to the event were $17.50 in advanced or $20 on the day of the event.
Tickets were available for purchase at the Grand Opera House or at the Mercer ticket sales office.
A portion of the ticket sales were donated to Prostate Cancer research.
The Macon Beer Festival was a very successful event that was able to bring the Macon community together.