Only about 300 breweries survived the U.S. Prohibition after 1933, and by 1982 only 50 breweries remained active in America. In the vacuum of beer emerged a homebrewing renaissance that has taken root since and grown into the craft beer culture we know today. Now there are over 2,000 independent craft brewers in the United States and growing.
Celebrating this blossoming craft beer culture, Nahum Avila has created the Sun City Craft Beer Fest (SCCBF) — taking place for the second year in a row on downtown El Paso streets, Saturday, October 4, 2014 . We had a moment to ask the event organizer a few questions about the festival and his personal tastes.
Q. So far, we know that this year Sun City Craft Beer Fest has a larger downtown footprint with a huge canopy for more shade, more live music and better perks. Surely the response from the first festival last year contributed to coming back, what kind of feedback did you receive?
A. We received great feedback last year, it was all very constructive and people were very happy to see an event like this one happening in downtown El Paso. We learned a lot and we are excited to accomplish new things as well as having great solutions from all the feedback from last year. This year the festival will be bigger and better. Did I mentioned there will be 250 different beer styles?
Q. Craft beer used to be very exclusive, what or who introduced you to this whole new world of beer?
A. I actually started brewing my own beer. I saw some videos online one day and wondered how hard could it be to make my own beer. Luckily, my very first batch tasted good enough that it got me going to explore new flavors and new recipes.
Q. Do you personally have a preferred type of beer that you drink?
A. Yes, I love brown ales.
Q. How many different beers will be available for tasting?
A. We have 40 confirmed breweries and there will be a selection of over 250 different styles of beers.
Q. What influenced your decision to have this festival in downtown El Paso?
A. I love the city. I think El Paso has so much history and to be surrounded by great buildings makes this festival even more special. We can’t wait to have all the major development completed and invite everyone to join us for a cold one.
Q. What made you choose to go with Lagartos (Alligators) for the SCCBF mascots?
A. I think the lagartos bring life to the event. They have been part of El Paso’s culture for years and what better way to continue the tradition than to have them as part of the festival. Sally, Eduardo and Ramon are awesome, they have their own personalities and it’s great to see them interact with people through all the social media channels. They are here to keep different perspectives on things and people just love to interact with them.
Q. We’ve heard about beer themed activities, can you elaborate about what those might be?
A. This year the festival will be full of activities for everyone. Last year our gigantic beer pong was such a great success that we decided to bring it one more time. We saw how much fun people had with it that this year we will bring even more games. People can enjoy a cold one while playing games and listen to great bands.
Q. Can you tell us more about the designated driver tickets you offer?
A. It is very important to us that everyone get back home safely. This year, we are offering great options for people who want to come to the festival and enjoy it in every way and get back home safe. Our discounted designated driver tickets offers the opportunity for somebody to come to the festival and enjoy the music, food, games area, learn about the home brewing and most of all have a great time.
We also have teamed up with No DUI El Paso, which is a military organization that offers free rides to people that have been drinking and don’t want to drive. This service is 100% committed to take every one who requires the service home for free. Here is the link where you can find out more information about the organization and all the great things they do.
No DUI El Paso
For more information about Sun City Craft Beer Fest visit the official website