Frost Fest beer festival raises $50,000 for local organizations

(Photo: Courtesy, Fossil Cove Brewing Company)

A beer festival held earlier this month raised more than $50,000 for local non-profit organizations, officials announced.

Frost Fest, the outdoor beer festival organized by Fossil Cove Brewing Company, on Tuesday donated the funds to Arkansas Brewers Guild, Arkansas Climbers Coalition, Apple Seeds Inc., Ozark Highlands Trail Association, and Ozark Off Road Cyclists.

Frost Fest got its start in 2016 as a winter beer festival created by brewers, for brewers. The event didn’t happen the last couple years due to the pandemic, however.

““After a two-year hiatus, we knew we wanted to come back bigger and better than ever,” said Andrew Blann, marketing director of Fossil Cove. “We are very pleased with the money we raised to support area nonprofits that we believe have great impact on Northwest Arkansas. We are excited to continue to create events and spaces that support our community.”

The event, held on Feb. 4 at Washington County Fairgrounds, featured dozens of breweries from around the region, and was attended by a few thousand beer enthusiasts. In addition to the beer, the event also included local vendors, food trucks, and performances by local bands Nick Shoulders & Okay Crawdad, the Phlegms, and Vintage Pistol.

Organizers said next year’s event is already in the works, and is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2024.