Participants grab a sample from Christensen Lumber Company at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce’s Beer Fest in 2020.
Employees at First State Bank and Trust pose at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce’s Beer Fest in 2020.
With each year that the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce’s Beer Fest is held, Executive Director Tara Lea said businesses up the ante a little bit.
“They come and see what somebody else is doing, and they’re like, ‘I’d better try harder next year. I’m going to add this or just have a lot more fun with it,’” she said. “So it is just a really, really fun three-hour event, and it’s great for our businesses and obviously great for the community members as well.”
Lea said the idea for Beer Fest came after the chamber wanted to step away from the “old-school, pipe and drape trade shows” for businesses.
The fourth annual Beer Fest will take place 5-8 p.m. Thursday on the upper level of the downtown parking garage. The 21+ event costs $20, and tickets can be bought at chamber.fremontne.org or at the door.
“We wanted to get the word out about our members, but nobody wanted to go sit in a booth all day and do a trade show,” she said. “So we spiced it up a little bit.”
The event will have 48 of the chamber’s members taking part this year, Lea said.
“Each member — we are calling them ‘beertenders’ — will have some kind of craft beer, fun beer,” she said. “A few of them will have the old staples of the Busch Light or Bud Light, but for the most part, we told them to get creative.”
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