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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Walk-Around Grand Tasting

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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Walk-Around Grand Tasting

$70

+ Combo Package Available

Greater Richmond Convention Center

403 North 3rd Street Richmond, VA

12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Combo Package + Convention Center C Craft Beer B Educational E Food F Wine W

All-inclusive. Get in to the Walk-Around Grand Tasting an hour and a half early and taste a well-curated selection of 170+ craft beers and ciders from Virginia and the U.S. with your complimentary Belgian-style beer glass at the Expo’s most popular event. Enjoy exclusive access all day to 24+ limited release, rare and vintage beers not available to General Admission attendees.

Ticket Package Availability:

If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of four different combo deals.  Those packages, available at the bottom of the ticket page, are as follows:

1.  Tacos & Grand Tasting 

  • Friday VIP/Early Admission Taco Throwdown + 
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting.  

2.  VIP/Early Grand Tasting & FARM COUNTRY FEAST! 

  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting + 
  • Saturday evening VIP/Early Admission FARM COUNTRY FEAST!   

3.  VIP Weekend 

  • Friday VIP/Early Admission Taco Throwdown +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday evening VIP/Early Admission FARM COUNTRY FEAST!  

4.  Saturday Gourmet Brunch & Grand Tasting 

  • Saturday Lunch at Lucca Enoteca +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting.

Please go to the ticket page and scroll down to the bottom to find these combo deals.

Here's What You'll Experience at the VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting:

  • Enjoy tasting 170+ Virginia and American craft beers. All-inclusive.
  • Enter the event an hour and a half earlier than General Admission attendees.
  • Enjoy exclusive access all day to 24+ limited release, rare and vintage beers not available to General Admission attendees.
  • NEW - enjoy the first annual Barrel-Aged Beer Competition presented by Growlers-to-Go, which will include about 16 barrel-aged beers.  Vote on your favorite; the winner receives an award.
  • NEW - get "Randallalized"!:  Enjoy having your beer put through several distinctively-flavored randalls.   More details coming soon.
  • All About Beer Magazine, the National Partner of the CAH National Beer Expo, will curate the beer list ensuring diversity and quality.
  • Explore dozens of new local, Virginia and national craft breweries without having to buy a six-pack.
  • Taste classics and new beers from familiar breweries and discover limited release and new beers from breweries you're experiencing for the first time.
  • Meet and mingle with local and national brewery owners, brewmasters and brewery representatives.  
  • NEW - there will be a a large number of ciders from Virginia and the U.S. that will be included in this event.
  • Food will be available to sample (limited selection / not enough for a meal).  Meal-size portions of food will be sold separately.  [NOTE: FARM COUNTRY FEAST! is Saturday evening right after the Walk-Around Grand Tasting concludes.  This event is within very easy walking distance to the Walk-Around Grand Tasting.]
  • Complimentary water will be available throughout the exhibit hall so you can hydrate and cleanse your palate and beer glass.
  • Shop for beer- and beverage-related accessories and products, including brewery paraphernalia.
  • Find high-quality exhibitors who sell products and services related to craft beer, the craft beer lifestyle, travel and culinary tourism.
  • The tasting will be held indoors at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, keeping you and the beer at a nice, cool temperature.
  • A Beer Garden and tables spread throughout the venue will provide plenty of seating for relaxing, sipping on your brew or having a meal.

Restrictions:

  • No one under 21 is permitted into the Walk-Around Grand Tasting.
  • Per ABC regulations, you will not be permitted to buy beer, whether in bottles, cans, or growlers, to take home. All beer must be consumed at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting. 

Save $10 when you buy online in ADVANCE.  Tickets to the VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting will be $80 at the door, if available.

Non-Drinking Admission Ticket to VIP/Early or General Admission Sessions

If you do not want to consume alcoholic beverages, there is a separate non-drinking ticket available on the ticket page.  This ticket permits admission into the event for both the VIP/Early Admission and General Admission sessions.

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