‘225 Dine:’ 15th annual Zapp’s International Beerfest

    The 15th annual Zapp’s International Beerfest—where attendees can taste hundreds of different beers and potato chips—starts pouring tomorrow at the LSU Rural Life Museum.

    As 225 reports, the aim of the event, which runs from 3:30 to 6 p.m., is to bring new visitors to the museum while also raising money to keep the historic site running. The event’s roots go back more than a decade to when museum fan Ron Zappe, of Zapp’s Potato Chips, decided to help create an event that would bring more people to the site.

    “We were trying to come up with a fundraiser that would include demographics that weren’t typically coming,” says David Floyd, LSU Rural Life Museum director. “We were mostly looking at young professionals and 25-year-olds that might not even know about the museum.”

    The festival will offer more than 250 different types of beer, with varieties from 42 brewers. The vendors vary by location and size, from nationwide beer distributors to local breweries and even homebrewers, all enjoying the good time of the festival.  

    As for food, the Beerfest will sell jambalaya, hot dogs, pizza and nachos to go along with all those brews. Tickets for the event are $35, or $100 for the VIP package, which gets you specialty food and early entry to the festival. Tickets for the Zapp’s International Beerfest are available online.  Read the full story from 225, and subscribe to the 225 Dine newsletter to keep up with Baton Rouge food and events.