This year’s Beer Festival at Virginia Tech will be held June 23 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn and Terrace.

The festival starts at noon with VIP entrance at 11 a.m. The event will feature live entertainment by The Dundies 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, in addition to 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. Cost for regular admission 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 $50 and include regular admission 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.

Volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers will receive free entry, six 4-oz. tastings, commemorative glass, and festival T-shirt. Questions should be directed to Robyn Stuart at

Two separate Tap Takeover events will be held June 22, starting at 6 p.m., at Sharkey’s and 622 North in Blacksburg. The Tap Takeover features microbrews offered at Saturday’s festival. Brewery representatives will be available to discuss and answer questions.

On June 23 at 6 p.m., following the Beer Festival, an After Party event will be held at Rivermill in Blacksburg.

More information is available on the Beer Festival website.

This year's event is sponsored by Virginia Eagle, Blue Ridge Beverage, The Inn at Virginia Tech, 105.3 The Bear, and CBS Sports Radio 101.7 FM.

Written by Denise Crawford