Dining With Denise Neil

Beer with bite the focus of the seventh Strong Ale Fest

The seventh annual Strong Ale Fest returns to the Anchor on Feb. 20.
The seventh annual Strong Ale Fest returns to the Anchor on Feb. 20. The Wichita Eagle

If you like your beer with some bite, you’ll want to get a ticket to the seventh annual Strong Ale Fest, a celebration of beers with alcohol content 8 percent or higher. This year’s is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, at the Anchor, 1109 E. Douglas.

The festival is put together by the Anchor’s beer-loving owner and strong ale expert Schane Gross. This year’s festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will feature beers to sample, an outdoor beer garden and food for sale from the Flying Stove, Hopperoni Express and the Anchor.

The $40 ticket includes drink tickets and a logo glass. Some examples of beers that will be poured: the Avery Demon of Ale Series, Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout, Boulevard Chocolate Ale with Raspberry, and several local beers, including one from Central Standard Brewing.

Gross said she’s also serving a couple of her favorite strong ales: North Coast Anniversary Old Rasputin Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, which is 12.1 percent alcohol by volume, and North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Barrel Aged Barley Wine, which is 14.1 percent alcohol by volume.

To buy tickets and get more information, visit strongalefest.com.