Classic City BrewFest

Nominated by USA Today's 10Best for

23rd Annual
Classic City Brew Fest

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 - 2:30 to 6:00 PM

149 Oneta Street

  • NEW LOCATION! All indoors - no weather worries.
  • 55 unique, one-off cask ales from the USA and UK with special ingredients!
  • Draft beer booths with local Athens breweries!
  • Rare, special beers uncapped each hour!
  • Live music! Meet local craft beer celebrities! Free parking! Free shuttle bus!
  • Food truck - Biggum's Bar-B-Que!
  • Voted one of the USA's top beer festivals by 10Best/USA Today!
  • Named by Beer Connoisseur Magazine as a "Top 20 US Beer Fest for Beer Geeks!"
  • Every ticket is a VIP ticket! Sample any of the beers for one ticket price!
  • All proceeds benefit the Athens Area Humane Society.
  • #classiccitybrew

Photos by Kathleen Mansfield & Phil Farrell

23rd Annual

One of the Southeast's Longest-Running & Favorite Craft Beer Fests!

  • In 2018, the Classic City Brew Fest is changing things up! Be with us on April 15 from 2:30 to 6:00 PM to experience the event's new format that focuses on cask ales and special, local draft beers.
  • The Athens Cotton Press meeting hall offers a trendy, attractive, indoor, central space to enjoy all the beers and live music in a fun, uncrowded atmosphere. The event space will offer around 55 delicious cask ales available no where else; draft beer booths from Athens breweries such as Akademia, Creature Comforts, Southern Brewing Company, and Terrapin; and "special treats" booths that will uncap rare, amazing bottles every hour!
  • Each cask holds 10.8 gallons of unfiltered beer, and brewers often add spices, wood, fruit, dry-hops, wild yeasts, and other intriguing ingredients to these one-off, unique casks that will be available no where else but the Classic City Brew Fest. Yeast cells inside each cask provide soft, subtle carbonation, allowing the flavors of the beer and special ingredients to really shine.
  • There will be parking at Cotton Press, but we encourage carpooling, Uber, and Lyft. Trappeze Pub will also sponsor a free Stephens Limousine Service shuttle bus that will run between Trappeze Pub downtown and Cotton Press. Seats on the free shuttle bus are limited, and space for everyone is not guaranteed. The shuttle should start about three runs from Trappeze around 1:20 pm. Three runs back to Trappeze from Cotton Press will start around 5:30 pm.
  • ALL festival beers come directly from licensed wholesale beer distributors.
  • Enjoy tours of local breweries and special tappings and tastings at Trappeze, Catch 22, Chops & Hops, The Pine, HiLo and more during Athens Craft Beer Week that culminates on Sunday with the Classic City Brew Fest!
  • At the Classic City Brew Fest, check out the delicious food truck from Biggum's Bar-B-Que.

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  • Tickets are only $43.50 plus tax and a low Xorbia processing fee! This is the region's best beer fest deal!
  • No refunds on tickets for any reason.
  • Ticket price includes samples of all the beers, a souvenir taster glass, program booklet and live music. EVERY ticket is an all-access VIP ticket!
  • 21+ only - NO children or pets please.
  • All tickets will sell out online in advance.
  • Print out your Xorbia ticket or bring on your smartphone to the festival for entry. 
  • Bring photo ID to confirm age.
  • Tickets are transferable to other persons.  We do NOT need advance notice on ticket transfers.
  • DD tickets: This event provides great entertainment that is worth the price of admission. The ticket price also reflects a donation for a charity. We believe in drinking responsibly, and there will be taxis and a shuttle bus. Considering all this and the limited space at the event, we are not able to offer designated driver tickets at this time. Thanks for your understanding.

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By the "diet version" of the Irish Rock band, "Repent at Leisure with Liam Parke"

Liam Parke is the well-known host and producer of the monthly singer-songwriter showcase, "The Best of Unknown Athens with Liam Parke."

“Repent at Leisure offers St. Paddy's Day sounds. These guys are so talented. Even the sad songs are fun - it’s the Celtic style of music - they celebrate everything in life, even the difficulties.”
Carolyn Crist - Flagpole Magazine

Repent at Leisure's name comes from William Congreve in his comedy of manners "The Old Batchelour", 1693:
"Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure:
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure."


Why not enjoy downtown Athens after the festival and then stay at the beautiful Graduate Athens hotel at a discounted rate that Sunday night? Make your hotel reservation today!

To reserve a discounted room for the Sunday night of the fest, call Graduate Athens at 706-549-7020 and use the room block code CCB415.


  • We ask that all attendees be responsible, use moderation and remember that this event is for beer tasting and appreciation - not overindulgence.
  • We encourage use of Uber, Lyft, and our free shuttle bus from Trappeze Pub downtown to Athens Cotton Press.
  • Do not drive after the event, as police will be out in force. Your safety is important.
  • All beers at this event come through proper channels of Georgia's 3-tier system from licensed wholesale distributors through the Athens Area Humane Society's 501C city and state special event, non-profit organization alcohol licenses. Brewers/distributors do not pay for nor provide any monetary or promotional consideration to the organizers or to the location of the event.
  • Some beers will run out before the end of the event.
  • This year's festival will only require about 30 VOLUNTEERS. If you know the organizers and have volunteered in the past, please email us to check on a volunteer slot for 2018.

2018 Brewtopia LLC |
2017 BrewFest Beer List | Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting | Video from 2013 BrewFest
E-mail your questions | Video from 2009 BrewFest | Athens Area Humane Society | Attendance Waiver Sample
Brewery Participation Form - Cask Ales

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