Created: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:28:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:34:16 EST
Macon Beer Festival organizers say the event continues to grow as more than 1,000 tickets sold out Saturday for the craft beer tasting festival.
This year the event offered 9 downtown venues and 27 craft beers from brewers around the region.
"We're just really excited to have a great day in downtown," said organizer and Main Street Macon Manager Mechel McKinley.
McKinley says this year's event is double the size of last year, with proceeds going to the Pints for Prostates charity. McKinley says the event helps get the word out about prostate cancer and fills the streets of Macon a week before football season kicks off.
"We know the economic impact on our businesses is phenomenal," McKinley said.
McKinley says the beer fest would have been the perfect time for the Macon Beer Company to release its first batch, but Co-Owners Cory Smith and Jeremy Knowles say they weren't sattisfied with their brew in time for the festival.
"Just too much stuff going on at one time," Knowles said.
It isn't all bad news though, Smith and Knowles say their beer will soon be available at The Rookery or Roasted Cafe.
"I feel like we're at the finish line, so all we have left to do is just put in kegs and send it out," Knowles said.
Caleb Walker, a Macon man who attended the beer fest says he is really looking forward to trying Macon Beer Company's first batch.
"It is disappointing but it will be nice when they do get out some beer and we're all able to try it," Walker said.
For most people, the atmosphere and the thought of revitalizing downtown is enough to have a great time.
"Macon-Bibb County, it's important to support our town, give some money to our businesses help out, it's what we got to do to make ourselves rise up," said Bernadette Crucilla.