Craft beer expo tickets go on sale Thursday

John Bourneuf, left, of Lawrence, and Maria Vopat, of Mission, have a taste of the Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., among hundreds of other beer enthusiasts.

Update: Well, that was fast. Tickets for the expo sold out after just a few hours Thursday night, according to a post on the event’s Facebook page. Downtown Lawrence Inc. tweeted that 500 tickets were sold in about a minute. Cheers to the lucky folks who snagged their tickets.

Original post: Mark your calendars, beer lovers: The Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition is returning to Lawrence on March 7, and will once again be held at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

The expo will offer two sessions that day: noon to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

As Chad Lawhorn reported in his Town Talk blog, the expo brings more than 30 craft brewers to downtown Lawrence. In addition to beer samples, this year’s shindig features food, music, T-shirts, glassware and informational and educational displays.

Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the Kansas Craft Brewers Guild, along with Free State Brewing Company owner Chuck Magerl, are the main organizers of the event, which is now in its fourth cycle.

If previous years are any indication, these tickets, which are $35 apiece and only available online this year, should sell pretty fast. Snag yours starting Thursday (Kansas Day, coincidentally) at 6 p.m., via The event is only for those 21 and older, for obvious reasons.

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