The official statement from Dan will come a bit later, but for now we wanted to update everyone on The Festival. When we initially postponed it to March 2021, we were cautiously optimistic that it would be no problem hosting it by then. Unfortunately it’s clear that a beer festival definitely can’t happen that soon or really at all for the foreseeable future. We were able to push our bookings with the hotel and venue by a year, moving the event to March 2022, but unfortunately you also probably know by now that Shelton Brothers won’t be around then, as we’ve been forced by our bank to cease operations. It breaks our hearts to tell you this, but that also means that with all assets being claimed by the bank, there is no money available to give refunds. We’re trying to figure out some way that a version of The Festival could happen again one day, with a different host, but for now our hands are just completely tied. Fortunately, the credit card processing company confirmed today that there’s insurance that should cover your refunds, but you’ll need to contact your credit card company to initiate that. Again, we’re so sorry for the disappointment and the trouble, but hopefully we can all share a beer together at another festival one day.
Shelton Brothers and Rhizome Productions Announce Charlotte, NC, as the Site for The Festival 2020
What: The Festival 2020, presented by Shelton Brothers
Where: Camp North End — Charlotte, NC
When: October 2-3, 2020
VIP Friday (Friday VIP + Friday GA): $145 (plus fee) These tickets are very limited. In addition to admission to Friday General Admission (5 to 9 p.m.), this VIP pass allows you to enter the Friday VIP session, which is TWO HOURS long (3 to 5 p.m.), and visit your favorite breweries without lines. There will also be some special VIP session-only beers poured in this time frame. *Note: There will be more VIP beer available at this session than in previous years.*
Friday VIP: Friday, October 2, 3 to 5 p.m.
Friday GA: Friday, October 2, 5 to 9 p.m.
*VIP tickets are limited to four per transaction*
VIP Saturday (Saturday VIP + Saturday GA): $145 (plus fee) These tickets are very limited. In addition to admission to Saturday General Admission (2 to 6 p.m.), this VIP pass allows you to enter the Saturday VIP session, which is TWO HOURS long (12 to 2 p.m.), and visit your favorite breweries without lines. There will also be some special VIP session-only beers poured in this time frame. *Note: There will be more VIP beer available at this session than in previous years.*
Saturday VIP: Saturday, October 3, 12 to 2 p.m.
Saturday GA: Saturday, October 3, 2 to 6 p.m.
*VIP tickets are limited to four per transaction*
**We want as many people to experience the VIP sessions as possible, so please choose either the Friday or Saturday package!**
General Admission tickets (Early Bird Price): $60 (plus fee) for Friday or Saturday GA. Save $10 per ticket with early-bird pricing! Limited inventory available for sale, so buy them before they’re gone. Price of admission includes commemorative tasting glass and beer samples.
All-Weekend Bundle (Early Bird Price): $110 (plus fee) includes a General Admission ticket to each session: GA Friday (5 to 9 p.m.) + GA Saturday (2 to 6 p.m.) Save $10 on top of the Early Bird Pricing savings (so $30 total) with the All-Weekend Bundle! Limited inventory available for sale, so buy them before they’re gone. Price of admission includes commemorative tasting glass and beer samples.
General Admission tickets: $70 (plus fee) for Friday or Saturday GA. Price of General Admission tickets includes commemorative tasting glass and beer samples.
All-Weekend Bundle: $125 (plus fee) includes a General Admission ticket to each session: GA Friday (5 to 9 p.m.) + GA Saturday (2 to 6 p.m.). Save $15 with the bundle!
Designated Driver tickets: $20 (plus fee) for Friday or Saturday DD. Tickets include one free meal voucher to be used at any of the food trucks at the event. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for free.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be at least 21 years old (with valid ID) to enter The Festival. All ticket sales are final, so no refunds.
Please be aware all tickets should have been purchased at BeerFests.com; not from any 3rd party. Sadly it is not uncommon for secondary market tickets to be scams, if you plan to buy tickets on the secondary market please be cautious, and do note that if they are fake you will not gain entry to the festival and lose your money.
About The Festival:
The world’s greatest and smallest artisanal beer, cider, and mead makers will join us to meet festival attendees and share their stories and knowledge. You’d have to spend months and countless dollars for a chance to meet this many world-class brewers. We’ve saved you the trouble and the expense — they’ll all be on hand personally to talk about their work and to pour for you. And many will be creating special brews specifically for the event — you won’t be able to find them anywhere else!
Admission to the festival gets you our special-edition sample glass, plus the opportunity to meet the best beer and cider makers in the world. The cost of admission also goes to covering the costs of the festival, including bringing these incredible brewers in from all over the world.
Most of the producers listed will be on hand to talk about their creations. Never before have this many small-batch artisans been gathered together in one room — well, maybe at last year’s festival.
The list of participating breweries is pending, but keep checking back. You can expect the very best local, domestic, and international producers. Here’s what we poured last year.
About Shelton Brothers:
The world’s best beers … imported by hand. There’s no miracle to importing good beer – just hard work and a lot of travel. We generally seek out unmanipulated beer, looking primarily to small breweries with craftsmen taking seriously their passion for natural, traditionally made beverage.
Shelton Brothers Inc. is the only beer importer with these specific criteria for hand-selecting what we offer to our customers. We’ve turned down offers from large European breweries, and we’ll do it again. We’re only interested in bringing you the very best.
This year we’re proud to be partnering with Rhizome Productions to put on The Festival:
About Rhizome Productions:
Rhizome Productions is an event production company, based in Nashville, Tennessee. We conceive and produce craft beer, spirits & food events with a focus on education and passion for community.
Leveraging our ties to the culinary, brewing, and hospitality industries, we create events that bring aficionados closer to the masters of their craft. We operate 12-15 events per year in cities across the Southeast, including Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charleston, and beyond. All Rhizome events are mutually beneficial, and since 2011 we have raised over a half a million dollars for local charities.
BeerFests.com is a ticketing and marketing company based out of Norwalk, CT. We offer the first and only ticketing service tailored for beer fests. Over 150 beer fest organizers trust and use our ticketing software nationwide. Our mission will always be to bring people together to enjoy craft beer and savor it with the folks who brew it.
Draft Magazine: “101 Beer Experiences: Hit the big fests”
Craft Beer & Brewing: “Best of the Fests”
“No beer fest you attend will ever be the same after you spend a session or two at craft-beer importer Shelton Brothers’ The Festival. While the location rotates year-to-year, what doesn’t change is the unprecedented, world-class lineup of brewers who attend […] You could spend thousands of dollars bartering, trading, and hunting down the incredible number of amazing beers served at The Festival, but a plane ticket, hotel room, and session ticket is much more cost effective.”
LA Weekly: “5 Reasons the Shelton Bros. Festival Was the Best Thing to Happen to L.A. Beer”
LA Times: “Beer geeks show up in force for the Festival; here’s what they tasted”
Craft Beer & Brewing: “Brewers Share Their Best At The Festival 2014”
Tampa Bay Times: “Tampa Bay area beer festivals — cheers, Hunahpu’s Day — keep growing”