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 www.kscraftbrewfest.com/tickets. The event is only for those 21 and older, for obvious reasons.
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Mark your calendars for Jan. 29. Not only is it Kansas Day, it's the day tickets go on sale for this year's Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition at Abe & Jake's. And if it's as popular as last year — tickets sold out within 10 days — you'll want to get them fast.
The event is set for 4-8 p.m. March 2 at Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. (next to City Hall, in the Riverfront development). Tickets are $30, and you must be 21 or older to attend. For a list of locations to buy tickets, visit the expo's website, kscraftbrewfest.com.
About 720 people attended last year's expo, billed as the first of its kind in Lawrence and drawing about 30 regional and national beer vendors. The event, organized by the Kansas Craft Brewers Guild and Downtown Lawrence Inc., is a fundraiser for Downtown Lawrence.
Expect an afternoon of all things beer: commemorative sampling glasses and program booklets profiling the beers you're tasting, specialty glassware and other brewery memorabilia for sale, food for sale from select local vendors, guides to cheese and beer pairings from Hy-Vee, books on beer and brewing and guidelines on the Certified Beer Judge program.