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Rail & Hops Brewers Festival is Saturday


A new brewfest is launching Saturday, Aug. 24, with an emphasis on highlighti­ng handcrafte­d beers from local and regional brewers.

The inaugural Rail & Hops Brewers Festival will be held in the Glenn Miller Gardens of the Chattanoog­a Choo Choo from 6 to 10 p.m., rain or shine. More than 30 breweries are participat­ing in the event.

In addition to focusing on the artistry of brewing handcrafte­d beers, the festival will show off the culinary talents of local chefs. Plus, four musical acts will entertain visitors as they sip and sup in the gardens. Those acts are Opposite Box, Oweda, The Afternoone­rs and Courtney Reid.

Guests are advised to enter through the dome lobby of the Chattanoog­a Choo Choo. All beer tastings and a Rail & Hops Brewers Festival tasting cup are included in the cost of admission. No tokens are necessary

Rail & Hops is a 21-and-older event, including designated drivers. A valid government photo ID is required for attendance.

Three advance ticket

If you go

› What: Rail & Hops

Brewers Festival

› Where: Chattanoog­a Choo Choo gardens, 1400 Market St.

› When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24

› Admission: $50 or

$100 VIP

› For more informatio­n: https://www. railandhop­

prices are offered, which will be sold through Friday, Aug. 23. Generaladm­ission tickets are $50, which includes Rail & Hops beer cup.

Advance VIP tickets are $100. This ticket includes VIP entry at 5 p.m., Rail & Hops beer cup, compliment­ary food in VIP area, VIP stage-viewing area and VIP access to American Draft rail car.

Designated driver tickets are $25. No tastings are included but free water and soft drinks are available with the designated driver wristband.

Proceeds from Rail & Hops Festival will benefit SoundCorps, a nonprofit whose mission is to support Chattanoog­a’s local music economy.

For more info: https:// www.railandhop­

 ?? VINCE NERO PHOTO ?? Oweda is one of four bands that will play during the inaugural Rail & Hops Brewers Festival.
VINCE NERO PHOTO Oweda is one of four bands that will play during the inaugural Rail & Hops Brewers Festival.

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