The Virginia Tech Alumni Association will host its fourth annual Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech on June 24 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn and Terrace. 

The event starts at noon, with VIP early admittance beginning at 11 a.m. The festival will feature live entertainment by Train Wreck, The Kind, and The Sauerkraut Band, with live broadcasting featuring Drez from 105.3 The Bear. 

More than 50 beers from local, regional, and national breweries will be available for sampling, along with menu items from local restaurants and food trucks. Attendees can enjoy tailgating games, mingle with special Virginia Tech guests, and relax on the festival lawn.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the festival. Regular admittance is $25 ($35 at the festival) and includes festival activities, 15 4-oz. beer tastings, and a commemorative glass. Admission-only tickets are $5 for designated drivers, those not drinking beer, and guests ages 13-20. Children 12 and under are free. 

Limited VIP tickets are available for $60 and include regular admittance benefits with access to the VIP Lounge, located on the Alumni Terrace. Hosted by The Inn at Virginia Tech, the lounge will feature complimentary appetizers and exclusive premiere craft beer with food pairings.

New this year to the VIP experience will be representatives from fermentation science in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech. VIP guests will have an exclusive opportunity to ask questions and learn about the department's work, including Virginia Tech’s growing contributions to the field of fermentation.

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association is seeking volunteers to help with the festival. Those interested can sign up online.  

In addition to free all-day festival admission, volunteers will receive a complimentary shirt, commemorative glass, and six 4-oz. tastings. 

A separate event, the Tap Takeover, will be held June 23, from 6-9 p.m. at a location to be determined in Blacksburg. The Tap Takeover will feature microbrews offered at Saturday’s festival. Brewery representatives will be available to discuss and answer questions. 

More information is available on the Beer Festival website.

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