textlogo_final copy


Click here for the list of beers being poured at The Festival


What: The Festival 2017, presented by Shelton Brothers

When: August 18-19, 2017

Where: Southern Exchange in Atlanta, GA (*fully indoors)


Friday VIP Session: Friday, August 18, 3-5 p.m.
Session 1: Friday, August 18, 5-9 p.m.
Saturday VIP Session: Saturday, August 19, 1-3 p.m.
Session 2: Saturday, August 19, 3-7 p.m.


SOLD OUT: VIP tickets will go on sale on Thursday, June 1. We’re adding an extra VIP session in order to try and give more people the opportunity to get VIP tickets — they sold out in less than a minute last year! We’re also DOUBLING the length of each VIP session to two hours. There will be 2 options: one that includes the Friday VIP session and one that includes the Saturday VIP session. **There is no option to attend both the Friday AND Saturday VIP sessions (because, again, we want to give more people the opportunity), but the same beer will be served at both.** With the addition of the second VIP session, we’re going from three regular sessions to two. Here’s the breakdown:

VIP All-Weekend #1 (FRIDAY VIP + Session 1 + Session 2)

VIP All-Weekend #2 (Session 1 + SATURDAY VIP + Session 2)


VIP: $180
Early-bird Single Session: $65
Early-bird All-Weekend: $115
Regular Single Session: $75
Regular All-Weekend: $135


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.

This year we’re proud to be partnering with Rhizome Productions to put on The Festival:

Rhizome Logo

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.


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”

List of participating breweries so far … more to be added soon!


8 Wired • New Zealand
Amager • Denmark
Bier Factory Rapperswil • Switzerland
Blaugies • Belgium
Brekeriet • Sweden
Brew by Numbers • England
Brewski • Sweden
Buxton • England
Cantillon • Belgium
Cloudwater • England
Companyia Cervesera del Montseny (CCM) • Spain
De Ranke • Belgium
Dieu du Ciel • Quebec
Drie Fonteinen • Belgium
Dunham • Quebec
Freigeist • Germany
Fyne Ales • Scotland
Haandbryggeriet • Norway
Jing-A • China
Jopen • Netherlands
Magic Rock • England
Mikkeller • Denmark
Nøgne Ø • Norway
Nómada • Spain
Oedipus • Netherlands
Page 24 • France
Pasteur Street • Vietnam
Põhjala • Estonia
Redchurch • England
Ridgeway • England
Ritterguts • Germany
Sahtipaja • Sweden
Struise • Belgium
Thiriez • France
To Øl • Denmark
Trois Dames • Switzerland
Westvleteren • Belgium


7venth Sun • FL, USA
18th Street • IN, USA
Against the Grain • KY, USA
Allagash • ME, USA
American Solera • OK, USA
Arizona Wilderness • AZ, USA
Bagby Beer • CA, USA
Black Project • CO, USA
Blackberry Farm • TN, USA
Bluejacket • DC, USA
Brouwerij West • CA, USA
Cambridge • MA, USA
Concrete Jungle • CA, USA
Coppertail • FL, USA
Crooked Stave • CO, USA
Draai Laag • PA, USA
E9 • WA, USA
Faction • CA, USA
Fonta Flora • NC, USA
Green Bench • FL, USA
Holy Mountain • WA, USA
J. Wakefield • FL, USA
Jackie O’s • OH, USA
Jester King • TX, USA
Jolly Pumpkin • MI, USA
Kent Falls • CT, USA
Libertine • CA, USA
Mikkeller San Diego • CA, USA
Monkish • CA, USA
Monnik • KY, USA
Other Half • NY, USA
Oxbow • ME, USA
Perennial • MO, USA
Prairie Artisan Ales • OK, USA
Saint Somewhere • FL, USA
Sante Adairius • CA, USA
Side Project • MO, USA
Stillwater • NY, USA
The Veil • VA, USA
Tired Hands • PA, USA
Trillium • MA, USA
Two Roads • CT, USA

Local & Regional

Bearded Iris • TN, USA
Birds Fly South • SC, USA
Blackberry Farm • TN, USA
Burial • NC, USA
Carolina Bauernhaus • SC, USA
Creature Comforts • GA, USA
Fonta Flora • NC, USA
Green Bench • FL, USA
Hourglass • FL, USA
Red Cypress • FL, USA
Saint Somewhere • FL, USA
Souvenir • SC, USA
Three Taverns • GA, USA
Torched Hop • GA, USA

Cider, Mead, Wine, Coffee

ÆppelTreow • WI, USA
Argus Cidery • TX, USA
Artisan Beverage Cooperative/Ginger Libation • MA, USA
Celestial Meads • AK, USA
Dark Matter Coffee • IN, USA
Frecon Cidery • PA, USA
Frederiksdal Cherry Wine • Denmark
Green Bench Cider & Mead • FL, USA
Hogan’s Cider • England
Les Vergers de la Colline/Cidrerie Milton • Quebec
Meridian Hive Meadery • TX, USA
Mjödhamnen/Grimfrost • Sweden
Peckham’s • New Zealand
Ribela • Spain
Sahtipaja • Sweden
West County Cider • MA, USA

The Blog

Read the Blog