One local event is combining Halloween with craft brewing - the Mighty Matanuska Boo Fest, which takes place at Raven Hall on the Alaska State Fairgrounds on Oct. 26.
The Mighty Matanuska Brewfest is a Halloween tradition in the Valley. It features craft brews, live music, a costume contest, a silent auction and much more.
There will be plenty of brews and Halloween fun at this year’s event, which will feature beers and brewers from the Mat-Su Valley, across Alaska and around the world. Among the featured local breweries are 49th State Brewing Co., Alaska Ciderworks, Alaskan Brewing Co., Arkose Brewery, Bear Paw River Brewing Co. Bleeding Heart Brewery, Denali Brewing Co., Gakona Brewing Co., Girdwood Brewing Co., Glacier Brewhouse, Kassik’s Brewery, Kenai River Brewing Co., King Street Brewing Co., Last Frontier Brewing Co., Matanuska Brewing Co and Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
In celebration of Halloween weekend, there will be a new faster format for the costume contest with prizes beginning at 8:45 p.m. Live music by Nervis Rex starts at 7 p.m., and a silent auction is also on the agenda for the evening. There will be beer friendly food available for purchase.
Tickets are available on the fair's web site as well as at Vagabond Blues, Three Bears and Purple Moose Espresso. The $35 ticket includes 20 3-ounce beer samples. Designated drivers tickets are available for $10 and include non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 is admitted.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at Raven Hall on the Alaska State Fairgrounds. The festival is a ton of fun for those who enjoy craft brews, but remember to participate responsibly and have a ride home lined up before you go.