Started in 2010, the Macon Beer Fest has grown into one of the Top Ten, Georgia premier craft beer events. The event offers over 70-100 varieties of craft beer and wine for its regular ticket holders and several additional special beers for its VIP guests. What makes the event unique, is that its purpose is to educate men about the risks of prostate cancer. You can say it’s a health fair disguised as a beer festival – It’s a party for a cause!
The Macon Beer Fest is put on by the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon supporting “Pints for Prostates”, prostate cancer education and the need for screening, Downtown Macon projects, local community grants, as well as global grants.
Donations to support prostate cancer events may be made to The Prostate Cancer Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates is the main beneficiary of the Macon Beer Fest. Pints for Prostates is a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men and raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection for prostate cancer.
Free Lance Ruckus
Free Lance Ruckus has been growing a following in the Macon/Milledgeville, GA area for quite a while now. They have a great way of captivating crowds and leaving them thirsty for more. This band of self- described “good-timers” brings a lot of energy to the stage with their original mix of alternative Americana rock and classic country. Unique, powerful lead guitar, a solid rhythm section, and vocal harmonies emphasize a true rock n’ roll experience while still maintaining a singer/songwriter style. Their set usually consists of great covers you know, but may have forgotten, as well as fun originals in a variety of different styles that are both catchy and danceable.
Pint Pacer 5K – Online Registration is Open! - 8:00 am
This 5K for the Macon Beer Fest brings together athletes, cancer survivors, physicians, caretakers, family members, and friends in the fight to end help end prostate cancer. This race helps promote prostate cancer education and the need for early testing.
RACE STARTS at 8:00 AM in the parking lot behind the Macon-Bibb Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201. See the Route below.
ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS THURSDAY, AUG. 22nd, Midnight. Day-of-cost goes to $30 at the event.
The Macon Beer Fest’s “Cruise and Brews” River Float
Our “Crusie and Brews” River Float is new this year. Float down the Ocmulgee River in the morning and be returned in time for the Macon Beer Fest. This is limited to 18 people. See ticketing.
This Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions float is one of their most popular, the Quick Float. It’s a relaxing 2.5 hour expedition down the Ocmulgee River from Amerson River Park to the Spring Street parking lot and trailhead of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail (River Walk). On this float you’ll enjoy calm water with a current that carries you along as you wind through a wooded area of Macon. A highlight is floating past the Rose Hill Cemetery where many notables of Macon’s history are buried. Bring along water, sunscreen, and a hat.
OOE provides a waterproof cell phone holder so you can snap pictures along the way. Upper weight limit for this trip is 250 pounds. No alcohol allowed on the river. You leave at 10 am and are returned downtown before the Macon Beer Fest starts. Once at the Macon Beer Fest you’ll enjoy tasting over 50 craft beers.
Park in the parking lot across from the Emerson Ball Room, 43 Plum St, Macon, GA 31201.
Randall Bramblett Band
Multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett is Southern rock Royalty. He may be known for playing on stage with rock’s legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood (16 years), The Band, Roger Glover, Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic among others. It’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is in full display. He continues his storied career with continual reinvention and true conviction on his 11th album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World. His band is second to none and are the perfect team to bring his brilliance to life with tons of soul, funk and talent. Do not miss an opportunity to experience them live!
Macon Beer Fest’s “Beer Run – 1 Mile”
Single Run 4:30 pm – Team Run 5:00 pm
This truly is a beer run. Individuals or a team of four, run a mile, and stop four times to drink a beer. Competitors must drink canned beer and should not be less than 355ml. No specialized cans may be used to give an advantage by allowing the beer to pour at a faster rate. No straws or devices may be used. All beers will be a minimum of 5% alcohol by volume. Hard ciders and lemonades will not suffice. It is strongly suggested to tip the can to show all the contents have been consumed before continuing the race.
Beer sponsored by our friends at the Growler Spot. Be sure to go visit them.
Bobby Hall has been playing the guitar for over 20 years in Macon, Georgia. He has performed in many areas of music, including classical, jazz, rock, blues, country and more!! Catch Bobby playing in our wine garden area.
Superhero Dash for Dad - 8:45 am
Even the littlest hero can help fight prostate cancer, too! Kids nine and under are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero on race day to remind their heroes – Dad, Grandfathers, Uncles, and other males in their life – to not let this villain, Prostate Cancer, get the best of them.
The Ken Trimmins Jazz Quartet
The Ken Trimmins Quartet is comprised of a four-member group that performs at venues throughout the state of Georgia. The group has been entertaining audiences for over 10 years. The Ken Trimmins Quartet has a very versatile playlist including contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, r&b, big band, and more.