LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The 3rd annual Red River Craft Beer Festival brought about 180 different beers to Lawton on Saturday, and patrons came out to taste them for charity. They expected more than 1,400 people to come out to the festival that started at 3 p.m. Oklahoma brewers and some who came in from out of state set up shop at the Great Plains Coliseum Expo Building. Proceeds go toward the Armed Services YMCA. More than $17,000 were raised last year, organizers hope to raise even more than that this year.
One of the lead sponsors in the beer festival says people come out for more than giving back.
"It's the greatest revival in the beverage alcohol business that I've seen in 44 years," said J.P. Richard with Cache Road Liquor & Wine. "So we want people to experience these things. Because tasting in knowing, makes you a much better consumer."
Along with the local brews, they had about 5 food vendors for the people doing the tasting.