The 11th edition of the Guadalajara Festival de Cerveza (Beer Festival) – touted as the largest in Latin America – takes place in the concourse of the Estadio Akron (Periferico and Vallarta) Friday, October 12, to Sunday, October 14.
The festival serves as a showcase for Mexico’s burgeoning craft beer industry. Attendees will be able to sample dozens of strong and flavorsome cervezas artesanales from across Mexico and abroad.
More than 50 beers will be showcased at the festival, including many that will be unknown to all but a few beer connoisseurs, including Loba, Cucapa, La Bruy, Naipe, Corazaon Malta, Colombo, Zorro, Atlantica, Allende, Baja Brewing, Interbeer, Fortuna, Kasteel, Golden Draak, De Halve Maan and more.
More well-known names will include Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Minerva and, of course, Guadalajara’s very own Minerva Beer, one of the festival’s main sponsors.
Around a dozen local restaurants will provide food, including La Blanca, Gamba Negra, Wings Army, Wabba Texas BBQ, Glucklich Cochi, Black Albahaca and Todo Cerdo.
The festival being a family event, there will be live music and a games area for children, who can be left under adult supervision at the kids club from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Entertainment runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays and 4-8 p.m. on Sunday.
Opening times are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Entry tickets at the gate cost 180 pesos and include free parking, a commemorative mug and free entry to the “experience zones” and concert area. VIP tickets, costing 350 pesos, include free parking, commemorative mug, preferential view of the concert stage, VIP bathroom access, one free botana and two free artisan beers. No entry to children under age three. Children aged 3-13, free entry. No alcohol served to anyone less than 18. Pets prohibited. Free buses will run during the festival from El Deposito world beer store on Avenida Chapultepec.