Beer fest an­nounced

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

City of­fi­cials and busi­ness­men an­nounced the Baja Beer Fest will take place Satur­day close to down­town.

The event will in­clude 43 craft beer com­pa­nies as well as food, bar­be­cue ex­perts, sale of or­ganic and lo­cal prod­ucts, and live en­ter­tain­ment.

The fes­ti­val takes place from 5 p.m. un­til 1 a.m. at Al­varo Obregón Av­enue, be­tween E and Lerdo Streets, said Mex­i­cali Beer As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Pe­dro Lara.

Tick­ets cost 150 pe­sos, or $8, and are avail­able at lo­cal beer com­pa­nies.

Tourism and Con­ven­tions Com­mit­tee Chair­man Jaime Roberts said the city has been rec­og­nized as one of the craft-beer-pro­duc­ing pi­o­neers. Lo­cal com­pa­nies have re­ceived awards at the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els, he added.

Mex­ico’s craft beer in­dus­try has re­ported an an­nual growth of 50 per­cent this year and is ex­pected to dou­ble its growth for 2019, with Baja Cal­i­for­nia one of the best pro­duc­ers na­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to Roberts.

— Ar­turo Bo­jorquez, abo­jorquez@iv­press

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