The 23rd annual Great Arizona Beer Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 5 from 2 to 6 pm at Tempe Beach Park. The event is the largest of its kind in the southwest and features over 200 artisan beers, food vendors and live entertainment.
All proceeds from the event go directly to support the work of Sun Sounds of Arizona which provides access to print media for blind and print-impaired listeners. Volunteer readers throughout the state make content available 24/7 by reading these materials aloud via radio, phone, internet and cable TV.
The Great Arizona Beer Festival is the primary fundraising event for Sun Sounds of Arizona and is made possible through the donations of participating brewers, sponsors and the work of hundreds of volunteers.
This year’s event will include several exciting new components including the integration of smartphone technology that will allow visitors to quickly access information about participating brewers and their products.
“Every year we look for new ways to keep making the festival better and more exciting, and this year we’ve added two new events leading up to the festival, to really reach out to fans of craft beer, as well as some exciting new contests online,” says Sue DesParte, chair of the 2011 event. “I’m also looking forward to raising as much money as possible, since every nickel we earn goes directly to Sun Sounds of Arizona.”
Sun Sounds of Arizona is a service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Services, along with NPR affiliates KJZZ 91.5 FM and KBAQ 89.5FM, and Maricopa Colleges Television.