RateBeer Best Festival 

sonoma County Fairgrounds 

January 28, 2017 — January 29, 2017

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95404

RateBeer Best is a two-day celebration of fine beer that includes the RateBeer Best Award Ceremony and the RateBeer Best Festival.

RateBeer Best Festival:
At Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Saturday January 28th. Brewers from over 34 of the world's top breweries will pouring their own beers at this Saturday afternoon. Food items from Sonoma County food vendors will be available for purchase. An early, 90-minute tasting session will be available for VIP ticket holders.

Award Ceremony:
11.00 am - 1.00 pm - At the Flamingo Hotel, Sunday January 29th. The award ceremony is a morning program of events. We will have a small reception for VIP guests, beer industry, and media. The Awards Ceremony will immediately follow, presented to the online and live audiences. At 1.00 pm - At the Flamingo, a Reception & bottle share called Encomium will take place and offer opportunities for beer fans, brewers and others to offer tastes and toasts to their favorite brewers. This event is open to ticketed attendees only. The event is planned to continue at guest rooms within the hotel and we hope to finish by 3.00 pm to afford some comfort with busy travel schedules. All breweries near and far are welcome to attend the Award Ceremony and are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Brewers and their products are the reason we're all so enthusiastic about beer. In support of their efforts, and with particular attention to the struggles of small scale brewing, we've reduced fees and demands on all our invited brewers. We'll strive to retain a people-scale focus and preserve qualities that enable the very best brewers to attend RateBeer Best.

If you are a brewer or top RateBeer reviewer attending the ceremony, we would like to know! All winners present will be announced and awarded a RateBeer Best awards medallion.


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