Frost Fest cold-weather craft beer festival won’t happen in 2022

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A winter craft beer festival that has become popular in recent years won’t happen in 2022, officials announced.

Frost Fest, the cold-weather festival organized behind locals from Fossil Cove brewery, is on hold for another year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

From a social media post announcing the decision:

We really wanted to host Frost Fest 2022, however, the reality is that planning a festival for 2000+ attendees, breweries from 10+ states, volunteers, vendors, etc… is a huge bummer during a pandemic (especially when there’s a surge during the homestretch). Frost Fest is all about doing something fun and supportive for our community and with that in mind we decided not to host Frost Fest 2022.

Frost Fest debuted in 2016, and became a hit with beer lovers due to its practice of bringing in brewers and representatives from the actual participating breweries (as opposed to volunteers) to pour the beer and interact with festival attendees.

The event was last held in February 2020, just before the pandemic took hold and began shutting things down in March of that year.

In lieu of the festival this year, Fossil Cove is brewing a special Double IPA this winter, and will donate proceeds from the sale of the beer to Frost Fest benefactors, Apple Seeds Inc. The new beer will be available on draft at the tap room, with 4-packs available to-go.

If all goes well, officials said they hope the festival can come back for good next year.

“We’re planning on the Yeti to emerge from hibernation in Feb 2023,” they said.