The inaugural Soggy Sweat Craft Beer & BBQ Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 1 -4 p.m. at Smith Park in downtown Jackson.

The festival, exclusively celebrating craft beer made in Mississippi, will be the first of its kind.

A collaborative Czech Style Pilsner brewed for the Mississippi Brewers Guild called “Lucille: Drink’em on Down” will be released at the event. Mississippi Craft Breweries will also create a custom beer for the festival with samples available at brewery tents.

Local BBQ enthusiasts will also be onsite creating their own edible offerings to pair with the newly created beer. The festival will feature live music by John Causey and the Jason Daniels Band, as well as food trucks and beverages.

A $20 ticket gets you samples of the specialty firkin beer and bbq, available until gone.

The name of the festival, Soggy Sweat Craft Beer & BBQ, is derived from the renowned speech given by Judge Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat, Jr., a judge, law professor and state representative, about the repeal of prohibition. When asked if he was for or against prohibition and whiskey, he answered candidly about the different sides of alcohol and its effects. His speech termed the phrase “if-by-whiskey”.

“We are excited to have the Soggy Sweat Festival where we can solely highlight our Mississippi breweries” said Matthew McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Mississippi Brewers Guild. “Soggy Sweat gives our state breweries an opportunity to create specialty beers for the event as well as to have their popular brands on site. It is going to be a great afternoon to enjoy the newly renovated Smith Park, listen to music, sample beer and BBQ, and enjoy Downtown Jackson.”

Advanced tickets can be purchased at Event day tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the gate.

Children are free and must be supervised by an adult. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Brewers Guild. For more information about the Soggy Sweat event, visit

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