The sun will be shining and the brews will be flowing. This weekend, celebrate handcrafted beer, boutique wines, hard cider and distilled spirits at the inaugural CrushBrew Craft Beverage Festival, taking place Feb. 19 and 20 on the Scottsdale Waterfront and Soleri Bridge in Old Town Scottsdale. The festival runs from 3 to 9 p.m. each day.
The festival will feature wine selections from some of Arizona’s top boutique wineries, including Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, LDV Winery, Aridus Wine Company, Sonoita Vineyards. Additionally, boutique vineyards from California, Oregon and Washington and beyond will be featured including St. Barthelemy, Masquerade Wine, Peachy Canyon, Romeo Cellars and more. Reps from Deep Eddy Vodka, Woody Creek and Diamond Distillery will also be on hand while craft brewers from Arizona, Colorado, California and Oregon will be hand to guide attendees through craft beer tasting experiences.
Be sure to take care when tasting as more than two grand is on the line for the brewers. Attendees can vote in the People’s Choice Awards for their favorite craft beverage in each category: wine, craft beer, distilled spirits and hard cider. There will be three winners in each category: gold, silver, and bronze and each will receive a cash prize up to $2,500.
CrushBrew will play host to the “Best Wood-Fired Pizza on Two Wheels” competition, featuring up to 10 of the regions top pizza masters. Festival goers will have the opportunity to taste samples from each chef before casting their vote to decide which creation is worthy of the $2,500 grand prize.
The CrushBrew Craft Beverage Festival will benefit edARTSaz and Pipeline Worldwide. Two non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations based in Phoenix, Arizona. edARTSaz support Education and Arts programs in the State of Arizona. Pipeline Worldwide aims to create connections between people and projects that serve those in the greatest need, both in the US and in developing countries around the globe.
Tickets will be available for purchase at www.crushbrewfestival.com. General admission tickets are $45; VIP tickets are $85; designated driver tickets are $5.