The West Valley’s original beer festival – Red, White and Brew – will unite local and national breweries so they can show off new releases and classic favorites from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 18, at Ground Control in Litchfield Park.
Red, White and Brew has many beers from which to choose, but is small enough that attendees can interact with brewery representatives.
“It’s a great environment to start to learn about craft beer or to meet other beer geeks who share your passion,” said Ground Control’s event manager Ian Harwell.
Variety will be on tap at this festival, as it offers beers, ciders and meads from more than 30 participants. On the beer side, Tombstone, Dubina, 12 West, Borderlands, Huss, Peoria Artisan, State 48 and Wren House will represent Arizona, as national favorites like Lagunitas, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Left Hand and Mike Hess will be available, too. Superstition Meadery will have its award-winning mead samples. Mesa’s Cider Corps will serve those who prefer nonbeer alternatives.
All proceeds benefit Fighter Country Foundation, a nonprofit that supports programs and services at Luke Air Force Base.
“The event has grown every year and is a fun, well-run fundraising event,” said Tara Rassas, Ground Control’s owner. “This is a great community event that brings everyone together for a great cause. You can have samples of a variety of beers or if you find one you like, you can just sip on that beer all afternoon. Enjoy music and meet new friends.”
Sticking with the military theme, five retired F-16 pilots will perform as Los Gringos. A special Ground Control food menu will be available, but beers on draft inside the restaurant are not part of the festival.