The 2016 Louisiana Winter Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank Building (844 Ryan St.) in Downtown Lake Charles, LA. Tickets for the festival went on sale Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online.

This will be the second year for the Craft Beer festival, benefiting the Lake Charles Symphony, and the event organizers are expecting a selection of well over 100 Louisiana and American craft beers, meads and ciders for attendees to sample.

In addition to beer tastings, attendees will be able to meet the brewers from Louisiana and National breweries; sample local food offerings from area restaurants and food trucks; and enjoy local live music.

“The success of last year’s event has attracted a lot more brewers to the festival, resulting in an increase in attendance, as well as the beer selection. This will be a great chance to meet brewers from around the south and sample their beers in a classic and intimate setting,” said Nick Villaume, event chair.

Regular admission tickets are $50 per person, which grants the attendee admission to the festival at 1 p.m. on Saturday, a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited samplings of the regular festival beer offerings.

VIP tickets will also be available for $100 per person. The VIP ticket grants early admission to the festival at noon on Saturday; an express VIP entry gate; access to exclusive beer selections; a special commemorative VIP tasting snifter; access to a VIP restroom; and a token for food from one of the festival food vendors. VIP tickets are limited.

Designated drivers will receive access to the festival, complimentary water and soft drinks, and a commemorative tasting glass for $15.

In addition to Saturday’s festival, L’Auberge Casino Resort will once again host a Brewers Dinner on Friday, March 4, which will feature Louisiana beer selections paired with unique menu items prepared by award-winning Chef Lyle Broussard of Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill. The dinner is an opportunity to dine with brewers and beer industry professionals in an intimate setting. Tickets are limited to this event and cost $100 per seat.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s festival are Empire of the Seed Historic Properties and L’Auberge Casino Resort. Beer sponsors will be Crescent Crown Distributing and Southwest Beverage.

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