RCBF 2010It’s almost time! The Second Annual Rocket City Brewfest is on the evening of Friday, May 7 from 7-11pm and the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, from 3-7pm.

I am personally most excited to see the lineup from Straight to Ale. As of this time, Huntsville’s new brewery does not plan to be at Birmingham’s Magic City Brewfest. They’re going all out just to make sure they have enough beer for their hometown festival. So sorry to all you fine folks in the rest of Alabama, but you’ll need to make the trek north to taste Alabama’s newest craft brewery. Straight to Ale will be featuring two all-day taps – their Wernher Von Brown Ale and Monkeynaut IPA – plus 7 limited batches to include two firkins, three “test batches” of their coming lineup, and two barrel-aged, small batch experiments.

Olde Towne will also be rolling out a new batch of their limited production but popular Emancipation Ale – a Double IPA. Our friends at Yazoo, Lazy Magnolia, Great Divide, and Erie are also bringing a few surprises.

In many cases, these limited release beers are unavailable outside of the brewfest. In other words, there will be several beers that you will only be able to sample at the Rocket City Brewfest. That’s pretty cool. A list of all the known special batches is available on the website. Their “release times” will be scheduled throughout the day both sessions, and a schedule card will be available when you come in the gate.

We’ve got all of our volunteers, our participating restaurants and caterers, our entertainment lineup, and almost all of our beers. Expect a few last-second labels to be added in the next few days.