The 2019 Rocket City Brewfest will be held June 1! It will be at the Redstone Arsenal Activity Field, the same location as Redstone's Oktoberfest. This event is open to the public.
In 2008, Free the Hops created a fundraiser the craft beer community loved. As the breweries in the Huntsville/Madison County area grew, so did the festival.
What is Rocket City Brewfest?
The 11th Annual Rocket City Brewfest is rain or shine. Attendees get a commemorative glasses, where for a penny-per-pour, they can find the very best craft beers, meads, and ciders sold in Alabama to fill them. Plus guests enjoy great local food vendors and regional music acts! This is the primary fundraiser for Free The Hops, who utilizes said funds to support legislative efforts of the Alabama Brewers Guild, as well as provide educational opportunities and membership perks in the community at large.
So what can people expect at this year's Rocket City Brewfest?
It will be held at for the first time at Redstone Arsenal, the same place as Redstone Oktoberfest. Anyone with a valid drivers license is able to attend through Gate 10 at Patton Road. Uber and Lyft drivers are still able to pick up and drop off as well. Parking is plentiful and because it's federal property, there will be some new surprises that the festival couldn't do before because of state agencies.
It will be user-friendly and accessible. Free the Hops partnered with the Alabama Brewers Guild, which means more specialty and brewer select offerings will be available among all of the best brews in the Alabama market.. Don't worry, the Cider and Mead tent will still be in place. There will be plenty of room. There is nothing worse than being crowded and trying to grab your favorite brew! Designated driver tickets will be available for those not wanting to drink or who are not of age.
Misting Tents will be provided so people can cool off. June is not the coolest month in Alabama, but with the tents and free water to drink everyone should stay hydrated.
Kids are still welcome to come play with a ticketed designated driver. Strollers are not encouraged but feel free to bring a blanket or strap up with your baby!
Brewfest will be working with Uber and Lyft to help make sure people get home safely.
Why the Changes?
Previously, Rocket City Brewfest followed Panoply and WhistleStop. That usually fell on Mother's Day weekend. Both Carrie and Sally said they loved the festival, but using their Mother's Day on Sunday to clean up was not the best way to celebrate. When Birmingham's Magic City festival moved to August, it left an opening in June. With better weather expectations and the weekend before Father's Day, it seemed like the perfect time to move to June.
They made the festival one day as an effort to better control costs. "Trying to be sure we buy enough beer for 2 days has been an utter nightmare, and it has lead to more waste than we can sustain. Our biggest issue with this change was finding a way to take care of our volunteers."
They also wanted to keep things fresh for people who come year after year.
Know Before You Go
- Get Your Tickets Early
- Bring Your ID
- Wear Sunscreen
- Hydrate with Free Water
- Make your own Pretzel Necklace
- Bring Cash for Food or Merchandise
- Penny per Pour - Bring$1 and drop it in the first bucket you see.
- Respect the Beer
- Have fun!