If you’re more accustomed to the 3.2 stuff, here’s a strong warning: Most of the stuff being poured at the ninth annual Strong Ale Fest at The Anchor on Saturday has an alcohol content that’s 9 percent or higher.
That means a few sips will go a long way.
A long, long way.
Though the event, which will shut down The Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas, until 5 p.m. on Saturday, is technically sold out, if the weather is good, owner Schane Gross will be able to sell 50 more day-of tickets. The forecast is calling for a high of 61 degrees and not much chance of rain.
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Those who attend will be able to roam the bar and its west parking lot and sample the type of beer that Gross loves – serious stuff with a higher-than-normal alcohol content that still tasted deceptively smooth. During the festival, the bar will be serving a limited food menu, and Noble House Hawaiian food truck also will be serving outside.
The Strong Ale Fest starts at noon and runs until 3 p.m. Then, the staff will clean things up and open the bar for evening crowds.
Tickets are $40 and include a commemorative glass. This year’s is decorated with an over-served black cat, whose nine lives are meant to represent the nine years the festival has been going on – and the 9 percent alcohol content in the beer. Around 76 varieties will be available, and The Anchor will be serving whatever is left over all next week.