By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Celebrating local brews and breweries, the Rio Craft Beer Festival returns to the city on Saturday, May 14th for its second edition. Running from 2PM to 10PM in the Planetário da Gávea the festival will feature food vendors, live music, and ten local craft brewers.
The festival was created in 2015 and run by six breweries; 2Cabeças, 3Cariocas, Fraga, Hija de punta, Hocus Pocus, and Three Monkeys.
The original producers will return this year and will welcome four additional local brewers; Wkattz, Oceânica, Penedon, and Trópica.
In addition to the beer, the festival will host a gastronomy section featuring seven food trucks and vendors; Bubba’s Burger, Delfina Duck Truck, Frites, Tapí, Carnívoros, Foodtopia, and Hareburger.
Providing entertainment during the event, alternative rock band, Planar will perform live. Influenced by Brazilian bands from the 80s and 90s and independent bands from the 00s, Planar released its debut album Invasão in 2014.
The festival will mark Planar’s first show in Brazil following performances during the recent 2016 edition of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. DJ Minaz will spin during show intervals.
Additionally, the festival will host a talk mediated by beer sommelier Gil Lebre that will feature brewers discussing issues that smaller craft beer producers face.
Tickets for the festival are R$30 and an official festival glass is free with the entry fee. Draft beer (300ml) will be available for around R$10, each.