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Inaugural Ogden Beer Fest coming to The Monarch this weekend

By Ryan Aston - | Apr 15, 2024

Ryan Aston, Standard-Examiner

The inaugural Ogden Beer Fest will emanate from The Monarch on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

OGDEN — Picking up where the Ogden Downtown Alliance’s Spring Beer Fest and Peculiar Pours events left off, the Ogden Beer Fest has taken the proverbial baton and will be holding its inaugural event Saturday at The Monarch on 25th Street.

Tickets are still available for the event, which will run from 4-9 p.m., at a $35 price point. Admission includes four sample beer tokens — additional sample pours also will be available for purchase — a commemorative Ogden Beer Festival sample glass and a $6 food voucher. Meanwhile, guests who wish to attend sober can purchase a $15 access-only ticket.

However, ticket demand is high, according to event co-founder and lead producer Chase Burch.

“I would suggest people who are on the fence probably get them now because we can’t guarantee there will be tickets available,” Burch said. “We’re capping ticket sales at 1,000, and I think we’ll get there probably before day of.”

Burch told the Standard-Examiner that 25 beverage vendors are slated to be in attendance on the night, including 21 breweries, two cideries and two distilleries. The vast majority of those operations are Utah-based, including local favorites like Ogden Beer Co., Roosters Brewing Co., UTOG Brewing Co. and Talisman Brewing Co. They’ll be joined by others from around the state, as well as regional breweries from places like Colorado, Wyoming, Washington and more.

That said, there will be a lot more than just beer at Ogden Beer Fest.

“We’ll have food on-site. Lucky Slice Pizza is going to be serving slices, and then we’re also going to have a couple classic beer pairings,” Burch said. “So we’ll have beer pretzels; we’ll have bratwurst; we have a lovely German woman, Petra, who is going to be serving streusel and some classic German desserts that are really good for people with a sweet tooth and pair well with beer.”

Additionally, The Banyan Collective’s “Van Sessions” podcast will be presenting multiple live bands on the main floor, two local DJs will be providing music on the upper level and there will be something there for the all of the art lovers in attendance, too.

“The Monarch has, like, over 30 different artists and residents who have their studios there, and it sounds like the majority of them will have their doors open,” Burch said. “So, people can browse through these shops and interact with these artists and see their crafts.”

While the event will be similar to those that were hosted by the Downtown Alliance, Burch says the new festival — which he hopes will become a new tradition in the city — will have its own unique wrinkles.

“We’ve had a lot of great conversations with them, asking them about what they did, what they thought worked well,” he added. “Then we kind of took that with a little bit of our own outside perspective and thought, like, ‘OK, this is how you guys have done it. This makes a lot of sense,’ but we also had some of our own ideas, too.”

For more information, or to buy tickets, go to https://www.ogdenbeerfest.com/.


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