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World Beer Festival to return to Columbia

Staff Report
Published Nov. 17, 2010

The World Beer Festival is returning to Columbia for the third year in a row, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has announced.

The 2011 World Beer Festival Columbia is slated to be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Jan. 22. The announcement was held at The Flying Saucer on Park Street in Columbia.

“I welcome the World Beer Festival back to Columbia and wish them much success at the 2011 festival. The festival brings an estimated $1.5 million in revenue to the city and partners with local nonprofits the River Alliance and Columbia Opportunity Resource, who receive a portion of the proceeds from the event,” Benjamin said.

The World Beer Festival, presented by All About Beer magazine, is intended to educate the public about the diversity in beer varieties, according to a news release. More than 100 breweries will be present, featuring a variety of beer styles to sample, including pale ales, witbiers, koelsch, pilsners, ciders and stouts.

“When we selected Columbia three years ago as our new World Beer Festival city, we based the decision on the fact that Columbia has all the ingredients of a growing beer culture that is about to take off,” said Daniel Bradford, producer of the World Beer Festivals and publisher of All About Beer magazine.

The festival includes two four-hour sessions: one from noon to 4 p.m. and the second from 6 to 10 p.m. Standard admission to a single session is $40, which includes beer samples, music by local bands, educational sessions by industry experts and a festival tasting glass. Tickets are on sale online.

Sign up to volunteer at the event.

“The World Beer Festival is a unique opportunity to get connected into one of Columbia’s signature events, meet like-minded community volunteers and beer aficionados and support two great causes, COR and the River Alliance. COR is proud to serve again as volunteer liaison and work with All About Beer Magazine to produce a dynamic event.” said Katherine Swartz, executive director of Columbia Opportunity Resource.

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