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21st Annual Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival

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June 22
Ft. Tuthill


With new offerings this year, tickets are selling and the date is set for the 21st Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival here in the cool pine country of northern Arizona. This exceptional, fun and popular craft beer tasting festival features new enticements and unfolds Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Coconino County Fairgrounds.

Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival is the major fundraiser for Sun Sounds of Arizona. Sun Sounds bridges the information gap between current print media and people who cannot use it because of a disability.

Sun Sounds of Arizona in Flagstaff puts on the event with help from some 200 volunteers who set up, run and break down the event. Some 50 to 60 breweries will donate over 100 different craft beers for patrons to sample. There is a huge indoor barn that will showcase Beers of the World and is sponsored by Alliance Beverage. Plus the festival has special areas for VIPs and designated drivers.  The Festival also features food vendors, a silent auction, live music and more.

This year, Made in the Shade includes:
•    FREE SHUTTLES!  Downtown Flagstaff route and pick-up/drop-off locations;
•    Live music provided by local Flagstaff-based band Stone River;
•    Other entertainment including roving entertainers throughout the event and a return of the costume contest;
•    Special incentive for bringing a designated driver:  When patrons purchase four (4) or more tickets at one time online they receive one free Designated Driver ticket (*offer only good for online sales: visit;
•    Special Designated Driver Experience (including a select area for designated drivers only and a special "reverse valet" at end of the Festival) sponsored by The Nackard Companies;
•    VIP experience that “sets sail” at noon (a limited-ticket portion of the Beer Festival that sells out…purchase tickets soon!) sponsored by Aspect1 Internet Service.

“This is the longest running beer festival in northern Arizona and you definitely don’t want to miss it!,” said Gina Marie Byars, Station Manager for Sun Sounds of Arizona, the nonprofit hosting this top craft beer tasting festival each year.

The Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival showcases an amazing variety of craft beers from breweries in Arizona, around the Southwest and the western U.S. Advance tickets are available for $40. VIP tickets are $80. There are also VIP and general admission designated driver tickets. The general admission ticket price includes a souvenir tasting mug, 24 sampling tickets to exchange for beer samples and great live music. A tasty variety of food and snacks are available for purchase from several vendors and there is free parking for all attendees.
Made In The Shade Beer Tasting Festival is a wonderfully cool retreat from a hot Arizona summer. The Festival’s venue, Fort Tuthill County Park-Coconino County Fairgrounds, is a picturesque location in the midst of cool pine trees with views of northern Arizona’s spectacular San Francisco Peaks.

“Yes, it’s a pretty big party,” said Byars. “But, it’s a party with a purpose! What better way to enjoy the amazing Flagstaff summer than by hanging out with friends, listening to live music, enjoying samples of tasty brews while raising money to help people access information. I’d say, it’s a day well spent.”

Participants sample craft beer from breweries located all over the Southwest, West Coast and Western U.S. on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Coconino County Fairgrounds-Ft. Tuthill County Park located south of Flagstaff off I-17 (exit 337).

VIP tickets are $80 in advance and include the opportunity to taste up to 24 three-ounce samples of micro-brewed and specialty craft beers, a unique VIP mug and a special exclusive VIP area sponsored by Aspect1 Internet Service. Also VIPs will be offered food, shady seating and other special VIP perks (including massages, exclusive port-a-lets, special tastings and more!) The gates for VIPs open one hour early at 12 p.m. VIP designated driver tickets are $25 and include access to both the VIP and designated driver areas while general admission designated driver tickets are $10 each. No pets are allowed except service animals.  There are no refunds, no firearms allowed and all guests must be 21 and have an ID to enter.

All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona in Flagstaff, — providing audio access to information to people in northern Arizona who cannot read print because they have a disability. Sponsors and major partners of the 21st Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival include Aspect1 Internet Service, The Nackard Beverage Company, LaQuinta Inn and Suites and Alliance Beverage Distributing Co.

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