In the mood for an ice cold Smuttynose or a draft Rogue?
The second Belleville Ale Fest, presented by the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, is the place to kick back and quaff a few suds on Saturday. Visitors can sample 40 beers from 20 craft brewers from around the country, taste food from some favorite area restaurants and listen to music by the Jeremiah Johnson Band.
"Our first year, we had right at 500 people come out," said John Lengerman, executive director of the Chamber. "We're expecting an even larger crowd this year."
Here's what you need to know to participate.
When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Scottish Rite parking lot, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville
General admission: $25 general admission; that includes tickets to sample 15 beers and a souvenir glass; admission is $10 for designated driver.
VIP admission: "This is a new item this year," Lengerman said. "For $45 tickets, VIPs will be admitted at 3 p.m., they can taste six exclusive beers and they get a $7.50 food voucher."
Food: Crehan's Irish Pub, Grappa Growlers, Hicks Bar-B-Que and Roy-el Catering will be selling some of their specialties.
Music: The Jeremiah Johnson Band, "an original American rock'n blues band"
How to get tickets: Ticket sales at bellevillealefest.com end at 11:59 p.m. today. Tickets can be picked up at the Chamber office, 216 East A St. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. today; advance tickets not picked up today will be at will call at the festival on Saturday. You can also buy a ticket at the festival on Saturday.
Free shuttle: from the Memorial MetroLink station to the festival
Presented by: The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will benefit Chamber programs to benefit the community.