Calling All Beer Lovers!  Second Annual Craft Beer Festival at Callaway Gardens

Aug 24, 2015



Rachel M. Crumbley | Director of Marketing and Public Relations | Callaway Gardens
Direct: 706-663-5187 | Main:  706-663-6881 or 1-855-421-3120 | Fax: 706-663-5068
Mailing Address: PO Box 2000, Pine Mountain, GA 31822-2000



Unlimited Sampling of 50 Craft Beers While Listening to Great Live Music; New Craft Beer Dinner

PINE MOUNTAIN, GA (8/24/2015) – Callaway Gardens® will host the second annual Craft Beer Festival* on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Robin Lake Beach from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  This festival is an all-you-can-taste extravaganza with more than 50 craft beers from 25 different vendors.

“Last year was such a hit with guests. We are excited to offer even more craft beers to sample this year,” said Andy Brown, director of recreation for Callaway Gardens.  “We are ramping it up this year.  We’ve added a Craft Beer Dinner on Friday night.  We hope craft beer lovers will bring their friends to enjoy the weekend.”

Saturday’s Main Attraction
Beginning at 2 p.m., guests will casually stroll from tent to tent sampling a variety of craft beers.  Experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Some of the featured breweries include Cannon Brew Pub, Goose Island, SweetWater Brewing Company, Jailhouse Brewing Co., Red Hare, Monday Night Brewing, Red Hook, Kona Brewing Co., Blue Point, Jekyll Brewing, Harpoon Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Anchor Brewing, Yuengling, New Belgium and more.

The bands Secret Sauce and The Barstool Prophets will entertain with great live music and college football will be on the big screens.  Both a food court and full bar will be available.  So, bring a chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting of Robin Lake Beach.

Leave the driving to us and enjoy your day.  Simply make a weekend out of it and reserve the Craft Beer Festival Package that includes admission to the beer festival, a shuttle to and from your accommodations, accommodations, admission to the Gardens for each day of stay and day of departure, a breakfast buffet in The Plant Room.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 or at the gate for $40. In an effort to promote safe driving, Callaway Gardens encourages each guest participating to bring a designated driver. Designated drivers and festival guests not participating in the craft beer tasting will receive discounted admission of $15 per person.  For tickets, visit or call 1.800.463.6990.

New! Friday’s Craft Beer Dinner
A perfect accompaniment to the Festival is a new Craft Beer Dinner.  This will take place in The Gardens Restaurant, the historic fine-dining establishment overlooking beautiful Mountain Creek Lake.  Callaway Gardens’ Executive Chef Michael Gonzalez has created a delicious meal (menu shown below) to go perfectly with a selection of craft beers paired by the expert at Columbus’ Cannon Brew Pub, who will be in attendance to answer questions.  Guests will learn how to pair select craft beers with the dishes giving special attention the right style of beer for a given food, beer serving temperatures and glassware recommendations.  The reception will begin at 7 p.m. with dinner served at 7:30 p.m.  With seating limited to only 60 guests on the Craft Beer Dinner overnight package, early reservations are suggested.

Get the complete experience.  Add Friday night’s Craft Beer Dinner Package to your plans. For reservations, visit or call 1.844.463.6990.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, GA, 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus, GA.  For additional information, call 1.800.463.6990 or visit

* Event is Rain or Shine
**Package is per night, based on double occupancy in a Non-View Room at the Mountain Creek Inn. Offer valid Sept. 11-13, 2015. Pricing also is available in the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes. Taxes and fees not included. Based on availability. Other restrictions may apply.

Craft Beer Dinner Menu
The Gardens Restaurant
Callaway Gardens’ Executive Chef Michael Gonzalez and Cannon Brew Pub
Friday, September 11, 2015

First Course:
“Pizza and Beer”
Baked Ricotta Cavatelli, Pepperoni Sauce, House Pulled Mozzarella, Parmesan Pair Oregano Crust
Craft Beer Pairing:  Cannon Brew Pub’s Red Jacket Ale

Second Course:
Fruit and Cheese
Honey Beer Roasted Georgia Peaches, Gorgonzola Walnut Terrine, Prosciutto, Baby Greens, Pretzel Cracker, Honey Wheat Vinaigrette
Craft Beer Pairing:  Cannon Brew Pub’s Golden Ale

Third Course:
Porter BBQ Braised Short Rib
House Pickles, Creamy Porter Polenta, Onion Ring
Craft Beer Pairing:  Cannon Brew Pub’s Special Ops IPA

Fourth Course:
Gingerbread Cake
Stout Ice Cream, Candied Pecans, Orange Beer Caramel
Craft Beer Pairing:  Cannon Brew Pub’s Stout

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