Real, Wild & Woody beer festival nearly doubles attendance mark

BY Jess Harter Monday, July 31, 2017

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The fourth annual Real, Wild & Woody beer festival drew a record crowd of more than 3,100 to the Phoenix Convention Center on Saturday.

The indoor event, which featured cask (real) beers, Brettanomyces yeast (wild) beers, and barrel-aged (woody) beers – is one of three premier festivals sponsored annually by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

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The footprint of this year’s fest was more than twice as big as last year’s. Most of the extra square footage was needed to accommodate the larger crowd, which easily surpassed the 1,600 mark set last year.

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A record total of 73 craft breweries participated. Each offered three to six different beers for sampling.

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Besides beer and food samples, the fest offered numerous activities, including a climbing wall, a giant chess board, a retro video games arcade, a silent disco (pictured above), foosball, live music, and more.

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