Brewers Bowl Craft Beer Festival takes the field on Feb. 4

Craft beer is a magical thing to celebrate, and on February 4 you’ll have the opportunity to see the best of the growing craft beer scene in Arizona in Downtown Scottsdale at the 3rd Annual Brewers Bowl craft beer festival.

The event has been expanding since its inaugural year, and will only feature local breweries. There will be beer tastings from at least 20 breweries, along with live music and food trucks through out the event.

The Paradise Valley Emergency Food bank will benefit from the Brewers Bowl.

“With almost 100 breweries now in the state, Arizona is making its mark on the craft beer scene. The Brewers Bowl focuses on our local representation within the craft beer industry and brings it together in one place for everyone to enjoy,” said Lewis Kubitz, creator of the Brewers Bowl.

The growing list of participating breweries includes: The Beer Research Institute, Borderlands Brewing Co., Craft 64, Dark Sky Brewing Company, Freak’N Brewing Company, The Grand Canyon Brewing Company, Helio Basin Brewing Co., Helton Brewing Co., North Mountain Brewing Company, Pedal Haus Brewery, The Phoenix Ale Brewery, Peoria Artisan Brewery, The Perch Brewery, Saddle Mountain Brewing Company, and Two Brothers Artisan Brewing. For hungry beer lovers, Electric Sliders, Frites Street, and Modern Tortilla will be serving up delicious street eats.

The Brewers Bowl will be held in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale near 4216 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, Ariz. 85251. The festival is set-up on Brown Avenue between 3rd and 4th Avenues, which is closed to vehicle traffic.

Advance purchase general admission is $35 dollars and includes 20 beer-tasting tickets. General admission tickets will increase to $40 at the gate. VIP admission is $55, and includes 25 tickets, plus one-hour early entry into the event at 4 p.m.

A competition held prior to the event allowed breweries to submit multiple beer samples in any style for a chance to be crowned the 2017 beer champion. There has been fierce competition, according to the Brewers Bowl.

Submissions are judged in a blind tasting by a panel of certified beer judges who have completed the Beer Judge Certification Program. Points are tallied by many beer characteristics including aroma, flavor, balance and drinkability, among others.

The winning brewery will take home bragging rights and a trophy modeled after the Vince Lombardi Trophy, with a life size mini keg in the place of a football. The two past winners were North Mountain Brewing Company and The Beer Research Institute.