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VIP/Early Admission AFTERNOON Walk-Around Grand Tasting

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VIP/Early Admission AFTERNOON Walk-Around Grand Tasting

$65

+ Combo Package Available

Main Street Station Shed

1500 E. Main St. Richmond, VA 23219

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Combo Package + Main Street Station M Craft Beer B Educational E Food F Music M Wine W Spirits S

Held in the spectacular Main Street Station Shed, join us for a curated tasting of extremely creative, rare, new, limited release and seasonal craft beers, Virginia spirits and artisan cuisine. All-inclusive. Get in to the Walk-Around Grand Tasting an hour early with this ticket and enjoy exclusive access all day to 15+ very special rare and vintage beers not available to General Admission attendees. Some VIP beers in the Afternoon session will be different than the VIP beers in the Evening session.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This ticket is for the AFTERNOON VIP/Early Admission session, which starts at 12:00 p.m.   If you want to attend the EVENING VIP/Early Admission session, which starts at 6:00 p.m., then please click here.

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 & AFTERNOON Grand Tasting 

  • Friday Taco Throwdown presented by Style Weekly + 
  • Saturday AFTERNOON VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting.  

2.  Two Sessions Grand Tasting

  • Saturday AFTERNOON VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday EVENING VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting

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

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

  • Enjoy a carefully curated selection of 70+ limited release, rare, new and seasonal Virginia, American and Belgian craft beers. All-inclusive.
  • Enter the event an hour 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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