Making A Beer Run Has a Different Meaning at Ales4Trails
Only Fort Smith could celebrate with hundreds of varieties of beers and combine it with a footrace that includes sampling the beverage while running. The unique festival called Ales for Trails is becoming a classic summer party. Last year it drew over 1,500 beer enthusiasts and raised $42,000 towards enhancing and connecting Fort Smith’s walking/biking trail system.
This third annual festival is a response to that great attendance. Craft beer afficianados will be able to taste more than 400 brews, including the locally crafted Fort Smith Brewing Company’s roster. Four beer distributors are providing the samples – Arkansas Craft Distributors, LLC., Belle Point Beverages, Inc., Burford Distributing, Inc. and Central and Moon Distributors.
The day includes live music, food, outdoor/active lifestyle vendors, a popular Baggo tournament and the craziest activity, the beer fun run. On the Greg Smith Riverfront Trail, competitors are required to enjoy tastes of beverages on the course.
“We started this festival off on a great note and we want to build on that every year to create a successful fundraiser and a unique beer tasting experience”, says Griffin Hanna, festival director. “Fort Smith is in need of more trail systems, and we hope to continue the construction of the trails with this festival.”
Entertainment by the national touring band Eve 6 has been announced as part of the attractions. Tickets are available now. $15 general admission, $10 beer fun run registration, a brew pass for $35; both for $45 or a $45 VIP?pass. The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. at Harry E. Kelley River Park. A list of the full beer sampling label line-up and tickets are available at ales4trails.com