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Running a Safer Beer Festival

Ready to get back to holding beer fests and other special events? As more people get vaccinated and authorities relax some rules, there are ways to ensure a profitable event where people feel safe.

Don Tse May 3, 2021 - 8 min read

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Crooked Run’s Propagation Festival on April 24, featured social distance, outdoor seating, and limited attendance. Photo: Courtesy Crooked Run Brewing

“A lot of people aren’t doing festivals, and we feel like we can do one safely,” says Jake Endres, co-owner and production manager at Crooked Run Brewing in Sterling, Virginia. “If we don’t do it, there’s going to be nothing for people to go to this year.”

Endres and his team at the brewery just outside Washington, D.C., were excited to offer patrons a semi-return to normal with their sold-out Crooked Run Propagation Festival. The event on April 24 included 11 other breweries and cideries, with 50 festgoers per session in socially distanced indoor and outdoor seating.

With most large events being scaled back or cancelled, Endres says he hopes the Crooked Run Propagation Festival can inspire other breweries to host smaller events and keep the conversation around good beer going.

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Don Tse is an internationally recognized beer writer and beer judge, working from his home base in the middle of North America’s barley belt.