What is April Brews Day? In case you are new to town, or haven't got out of the house much in the last 16 years, April Brews Day is a craft beer tasting event and fundraiser that is one of the first beer festivals (and definitely the best) of the Northwest! It is held at Depot Market Square, on April 29th at 6:30pm (VIP Hour is 5:30 - 6:30). April Brews Day is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year and we have a celebration in store! There will be live music, over 60 craft breweries, local food trucks, custom merchandise (for sale) and prizes! As the slogan goes, "Let it Rain Beer!" What does this event benefit? Great question! April Brews Day benefits the Max Higbee Center, a recreation center that provides services for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, explore our website some more! Every single dollar you spend inside the event helps fund our programs- so be sure to raise a beer to the Max Higbee Center and know you're drinking for a good cause!
If I'm traveling from out of town, how do I reserve tickets? Tickets will be sold online beginning April 1st.
What does my ticket get me? VIP Ticket Holders: receive an hour early admission, shorter lines and smaller crowds, pretzels, a collectible tasting glass and 7 tasting tickets. General Admission Ticket Holders: receive a collectible tasting cup, pretzels and 5 tasting tickets.
If I don't plan on drinking, do I still need to purchase a ticket? Only if you want to get into the event. Yes. Every person entering the event needs to purchase a ticket. But here's the good news: You can use your tasting tickets for non-alcoholic beverages and food, too!
Can I purchase more tasting tickets inside the event? Yep- we'll take your money for as many drinks as you want (well, to a point). Be sure to bring cash or checks, or you can purchase more tickets at our credit cards stations (additional 2.7% processing fee).
WHERE do I purchase more tasting tickets inside the event? Inside the Depot Market Square building, there are tables labeled "Purchase more tickets HERE!" These tables accepts cash, checks and credit cards. Additionally, we have Roving Ticket Sellers out in the beer garden. Just look for the ladies walking around with rolls of tickets yelling, "More tickets for sale!" These gals will only accept cash or checks.
Do you accept credit cards inside the event? We do now! Believe it or not, we are starting to catch up with the times of technology.Our tasting ticket sales tables, admissions and merchandise are all equipped to process credit cards. But, beware- there is a 2.7% processing fee added on to every transaction!
Do you accept Canadian Currency? We will accept Canadian CHECKS, but not cash.
Can I bring my dog? Sorry, due to limited space and high volume of people, furry friends are not allowed. Service animals are permitted.
What sort of food is available? Amazing food selections from a variety our amazing local food truck vendors. (To give you an idea, last year's ABD featured food from: StrEAT Food, Kurly Fries, Barebones BBQ, El Capitan, Goat Mountain Pizza and Food Haus.) We add new local vendors each year -- check back for updates!
Are there Gluten Free/Vegan options? Yep- we jumped on the Gluten Free band wagon a few years ago! GF drink options include ciders, GF beer, root beer, kombucha, lemonade and more! And each food vendor will have at least one GF and Vegan option.
What time should I arrive to get in line? The earlier the better! For VIP, it is recommended to arrive by 5:00pm at the latest. We work hard to get everyone in the VIP line ID'ed, braceleted and in the door by 5:40pm- so the earlier you can arrive to go through this process, the faster we'll get you in! For General Admission, the line begins forming as early as 5:00pm. We recommend arriving as early as you can to help get in the door quickly. Having your ID ready and your ticket purchased in advance helps, too.
What should I bring with me? Every attendee MUST bring a valid ID! We also recommend bringing plenty of cash, checks or your credit card, and a rain coat. NO outdoor food or beverage is allowed! There will be bag checks at admissions.
What is an accepted valid ID?
A current drivers license (expired licenses will not be accepted)
A valid passport
A military ID
For more event related questions, please contact Kari Humphreys at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-746-9841.
360-733-1828 email@example.com 1210 Bay St #102, Bellingham WA 98225