LAKELAND, FLORIDA — Craft Beer is all the rage these days, and the Brewz Crewz Craft Beer Festival in downtown Lakeland Feb. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. is a way to learn about and enjoy a wide range of craft beers from throughout the country.

This year’s event boasts a beefed-up VIP experience that includes a secluded outdoor seating area with lanterns hung from trees and vintage seating to create a comfortable conversation space, as well as indoor restroom facilities. Food from La Porta Rosa and Patio 850 will be served, in addition to wines and ciders from the Brass Tap, La Porta Rosa and Patio 850.

Proceeds from the event- held in Munn Park- benefit ElderPoint Ministries and the Downtown Lakeland Partnership.

Ticket prices are as follows:

VIP- $50 in advance; $60 at the gate. VIP ticket holders can enter the event at 5 p.m.
General admission- $30 in advance; $40 at the gate. These ticket holders can enter at 6 p.m.
Designated drivers- $15 in advance; $25 at the gate.

“We made significant changes to our VIP experience this year based on valuable feedback we received from attendees at last year’s event,” says Jane Hammond, executive director of ElderPoint Ministries.

The addition of wines to the VIP experience also resulted from feedback gathered last year.

“We’re excited to present an exclusive experience for our VIP guests,” Hammond says. “Not only can they get in early to try the more than 75 craft beers and food from 20 restaurants, but they will have exclusive beers paired with food and even a s’mores bar.”

With comfortable seating, they will be able to enjoy the event with friends in a unique way.

Brewz Crewz organizers also secured hotel specials with Fairfield Inn & Suites- which offers a hotel shuttle to and from the event- Hilton Garden Inn, and Ramada Lakeland. Check the Downtown Lakeland Partnership’s website for details on hotel specials.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

About ElderPoint Ministries

ElderPoint Ministries is a nonprofit organization that operates the third largest food pantry in Polk County and feeds about 1,400 people in the community weekly. It is the county’s lead agency for the Blue Bird Mobility Network, which helps provide volunteer transportation to the elderly. For more information, visit their website: