Bradenton beer festival features craft beer, music

May 22, 2014 

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A beer enthusiast with the Homebrewers Association of Manatee & Sarasota pours some homebrewed beer for people to sample at a past Bradenton Beer Festival. HERALD FILE PHOTO

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The Lucky Dog Craft Beer Expo brings 80 craft beers to McKechnie Field

There's nothing better than a cold beer at the ball park on a hot Florida afternoon. Even if there's no ball game.

On Saturday, the Bradenton Beer Festival, now in its seventh year, presents the Lucky Dog Craft Beer Expo at McKechnie Field. In the past the festival has been held on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton.

This year's event runs for four hours, and during that time you can get free samples of more than 80 craft and specialty beers, including a large Florida brewery selection.

Food trucks will be on site, and the Gamble Creek Band, a popular local outfit fronted by Kim Betts, the daughter of guitar legend Dickey Betts, will perform throughout the afternoon.

The proceeds benefit the No Kill Medical Fund, which pays for heart worm treatments and other life-saving medical care for Manatee County pets.

If you don't like beer, but you want to check out the music and the food trucks, or if you just want be a good person and stay sober while your friends drink, you can get a designated driver ticket for $10 plus service charge. That lets you enjoy the food and the music, but doesn't let you try the beer.

Details: 3-7 p.m. (VIP entry at 2 p.m.) May 24, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: General admission is $37.92 advance, $42.92 day of show; VIP is $59.02 advance, $64.02 day of show; $11.54 designated driver. Information: 941-748-4610, bradentonbeerfestival.com.

-- Marty Clear

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