Phoenix, AZ ~ It’s the Second Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest, a celebration that combines the fine old Irish tradition of Bloomsday with the fine new American tradition of a beer tasting. The event will take place on Saturday, June 7 at the Irish Cultural Center in dowtown Phoenix. Gates open at 7pm and close at 11pm.
Co-sponsored by the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, the event will mark the 104th anniversary of Leopold Bloom's fictional journey through the streets of Dublin in the James Joyce novel, Ulysses. Bloom’s journey included stops at more than a few pubs. At the Bloomin’ Beerfest the available brews will originate with fifteen of Arizona’s top craft brewers.
The price of Bloomin’ Beerfest tickets includes admission to the event, 16 tickets which can be presented to taste the wares of participating craft brewers, and a souvenir tasting mug. Presale tickets can be purchased online for $25 from May 5 through June 5 at www.azbrewguild.com ($35 at the door). Beer tasting ticket sales are limited to 500 persons. Non-beerfest admission to the Bloomsday celebration is $10 at the gate.
Following tradition, Arizona’s 2008 Bloomsday celebration will feature dramatic readings from Ulysses, presented in the Cultural Center’s authentic stone cottage. The wares of about a dozen of Arizona’s premier craft brewers and the energetic music of The Chuckawalla Rhythm Kings will be housed in the Center’s Great Hall. The Chucksters, voted Yuma’s Best Band three years running, are a premier pub band, known to throw in the bawdy lyrics and frequent toasts designed to keep a beer drinker happy. Irish and festival food will be available for purchase.
The Proceeds of this event benefit the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation (ICLF), the 501© 3 corporation that operates the Irish Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix in partnership with the City of Phoenix. The ICLF operates the Center and its educational and cultural programs to preserve and showcase Irish culture for the education and enjoyment of the people of Arizona.
For more information call 602-315-0834.