Fall festival to feature beer stock exchange and ticketed tasting

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

RAPID CITY, SD – A beer stock exchange will be set up at Main Street Square’s sixth annual Bierbörse, a German beer and culture celebration, on Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon to 6 p.m., presented by 605 Magazine.

The fall event features a homebrew demonstration and tasting, authentic German food, polka music by Marv and the Moonlighters, ticketed beer sampling, and the Black Hills Beer Beverage Garden featuring the beer stock exchange.

“Bierbörse attendees can sample fall seasonal brews, watch live beer brewing, and dance to polka music all in Downtown Rapid City,” said Megan Whitman, executive director of Main Street Square. “On top of that, the added suspense of the beer stock exchange makes this such a unique and exciting event.”

In the stock exchange, the price of beer will vary from $2 to $8, and price is dependent on demand. For example, if Crow Peak Pile O’ Dirt Porter is very popular, the price will rise. If no one is drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest, the price will plummet and possibly crash. When a beer’s value is low, it will cost a minimum of $2. If it is high in demand, it may cost up to $8.

The event is free and open to all ages. Only those 21 years of age and older, with a valid ID, may consume alcohol. Main Street Square promotes drinking responsibly.

A ticketed microbrew tasting with more than 70 beers will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the event. Advanced tickets are available until noon on Friday, Sept. 30, online at www.MainStreetSquareRC.com, by calling 605-716-7979 or at the Main Street Square office at 512 Main St., Ste. 980. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets are only for those 21 and older. Each ticket holder will receive a wrist band for unlimited beer tastings and a souvenir 5-ounce beer stein.  Pre-ordered tickets and souvenir steins will be available at Will-Call the day of the event in the Visitor Information Center located on the north side of Main Street Square, at 526 Main St. Tickets may also be purchased at this location on the day of the event.

The Black Hill Beer Beverage Garden, a division of Quality Brands, will be open to the public beginning at noon and available to those who do not wish to purchase a tasting ticket.

The Ale Riders Homebrew Club will hold a demonstration and tasting from noon to 4 p.m. The public can taste and feel the ingredients that go into brewing a beer and drink samples, while supplies last.

A free shuttle will be provided to pick up Bierbörse participants at Ellsworth Air Force Base and drop them off at Main Street Square. The shuttle pick up times will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bandit Lanes at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The shuttle will drop patrons off at the Bus Depot in downtown Rapid City. Transportation from Main Street Square back to Bandit Lanes will be provided at 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Bus Depot located at 333 Sixth St. This free shuttle is available to Military ID cardholders only.

Enjoy free parking all day in all Downtown public lots, metered spaces on the streets, and in the parking ramp near Main Street Square on Saturday, Oct. 1.

More information and tickets can be found on www.MainStreetSquareRC.com (click on the Bierbörse link under the Concerts & Festivals tab), by calling 605-716-7979, or by stopping by the office at 512 Main Street, Suite 980.

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