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Folsom goes big for International Beer Day

Crowds expected to pour in for 5th TAP Folsom
By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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When it comes to local summertime happy hours, TAP Folsom is by far the “big daddy.”

The big Folsom brew event returns for its fifth year on Friday, Aug. 3, in Historic Folsom. The event takes place on International Beer Day this year and is expected to sell out early once again so getting tickets early will be key to enjoying this local favorite for area beer enthusiasts.

On Aug. 3, Historic Folsom plaza is will be home to a small city of craft brew vendors and great food truck fare. This will be the fourth out of five years that Sutter Street is home to the event, which is known for its tourism and popularity among regional pub crawlers on a regular basis.

This year, Tap Folsom will showcase more than 40 regional breweries from near and far as they join in the action for this unique tasting affair. The Folsom Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Folsom Partnership presents this event and tickets are already on sale online.

“Our online ticket sales cut off at 4 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 3),” said Mary Ann McAlea, senior vice president of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. “Each year, we have a very few small amount of tickets available at the gate.”

In addition to the brew tasting, a variety of food trucks and food vendors will be on hand for the event along with the many breweries. Live music will be performed in the plaza that will be home to fun frothy socializing into the night.

“The Folsom Chamber is proud to produce TAP Folsom. Make it a perfect Friday night and stay for fun after the event on Sutter Street,” said Joe Gagliardi, CEO and president of the Folsom Chamber. “We use this event as a way to promote the wildly popular craft-beer scene and highlight local businesses that feature these brands. This event has sold out for the last four years, so call your friends and buy your tickets early for TAP Folsom.”

Tickets are still on sale for TAP Folsom online, but act fast. There are several different levels to choose from.

At $65, a Beer Geek ticket will get you several perks for the event including entry one hour earlier than the general public and access to the special rare beer area that features a variety of hard-to-find beers. A limited number of Beer Geek tickets will be available, so don’t delay and get online soon.

General admission tasting tickets are $40 and permits entry at 6 p.m. Both levels of tasting tickets include a complimentary keepsake tasting mug. For those who don’t plan to taste at the event, but wish to attend, the designated driver ticket is just $10. You will get full admission to the event, but will not be able to participate in tastings.

Several area hotels are also offering lodging options and ticket packages.

For more information, go to the official Tap Folsom website at tapfolsom.com where you can purchase tickets, book a room and learn all the details about the event, including a full list of participating breweries.