Thursday February 2nd, 2023 7:27AM

Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest named top beer festival in the country

By Logan Landers Anchor/Reporter

Georgia’s Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest was recently voted the No. 1 Beer Festival in the country in USA Today’s 2022 Best Beer Festival contest.

Having taken place on St. Patrick’s Day weekend since 2011, the festival also doubles as the largest craft beer festival in Georgia and is one of the most highly anticipated St. Patrick’s Day weekend events in the state, according to a press release from festival organizers.

The festival, which draws an annual attendance of more than 6,000 people, has a selection of more than 350 craft beers from over 100 breweries.

Attendees come dressed head-to-toe in St. Paddy’s green with kilts, shamrocks, green beards and more, making for a truly unique beer festival experience.

“Being officially voted the No. 1 Beer Festival in the country is a testament to the community and culture surrounding Suwanee Beer Fest,” Tiffany Belflower, Suwanee Beer Fest’s event coordinator said.

Over the past decade, the festival has hosted an impressive musical lineup and has a wide variety of games such as axe throwing, giant beer pong and cornhole.

The annual Homebrew Contest is a competition where past winners have gone on to open their own successful Georgia breweries, including StillFire Brewing, Jekyll Brewing and Social Fox Brewing.

While the event is known for tasty beers, event organizers also put much thought into philanthropical efforts for local charities and organizations during this event.

To date, Big South Productions, the metro Atlanta-based event production company behind Suwanee Beer Fest and its sister events, including Suwanee Wine Fest, The Beer Chaser 5K and The Spooky Spirits 5K, has raised more than $170,000 through proceeds from its events.

One such nonprofit is Cooper’s Crew, a local organization dedicated to finding a cure for Clear Cell Sarcoma formed in memory of local North Gwinnett student Cooper O’Brien, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 14 after a long-fought battle against the disease.

Cooper’s Crew works to fund research for treatment options for Clear Cell Sarcoma and grant scholarships to local students.

Their work has been vital in the founding of The Clear Cell Sarcoma Foundation, whose mission is to make Clear Cell Sarcoma survivable through education and scientific research.

Suwanee Beer Fest makes its way back to Town Center Park on March 18, 2023.

Tickets go on sale January 13, 2023, at noon with a holiday presale that begins on Black Friday and runs through the first week of December.

For more information, visit SuwaneeBeerFest.com

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