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Published on March 13th, 2018 | by Brittain Thompson


Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Pours Another Weekend of Culture with Miss-I-Sippin Craft Beer Festival

Oxford’s Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is proud to host their 9th annual craft beer festival, Miss-I-Sippin’ running March 23–25.

Miss-I-Sippin’ begins Friday evening with a Brewers’ Banquet hosted by Southern Craft Stove & Tap where beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet and greet the owners or brewers from this year’s featured breweries. The menu will feature Mississippi favorites by Southern Crafts’ chef Bubba Gross and will also offer flights of craft beer. Games and activities will also be provided at the event to keep the party “hoppin.” Delta Pride Catfish, Gulf Pride Select Shrimp, and Sanderson Farms are the sponsors for this event.

The following day, the first ever Miss-I-Sippin’ team scavenger hunt will take place. Participants will download an app to navigate the hunt, which will begin at The Growler on Oxford’s Square and take place from noon until 6 pm. The new scavenger hunt app is full of fun games, trivia, activities, and free tastings to engage the community and connect them with Oxford’s craft beer scene from retail spaces to restaurants. Teams will compete the scavenger hunt for chances to win beer swag and special prizes at the Firkin Craft Beer Party that evening.

“I am excited about the app for the scavenger hunt, I think that it will allow the festival to be a city wide event and really give participants an authentic flavor of Oxford,” says Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

The culminating event of Miss-i-sippin will be the annual party at the Pavilion, this year’s Firkin Craft Beer Party from 6–9 pm Saturday evening. The party offers an evening event that allows families to bring children to play while mom and dad sample craft beers, tour food trucks, play games, and enjoy live music.

On Sunday, a brunch prepared by chef Bubba Gross will take place back at Southern Craft Stove & Tap from noon to 2 pm to bring the festival to an end.

“Beer snobs can drink beer anywhere,” said Andrews.  “Miss-i-sippin immerses attendees in the community as the brewers’ [banquet], beer scavenger hunt, and closing event at the Pavilion highlight our community and make the event social.”

Proceeds from the event support YAC year-round art and community programs.

“Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosts four fundraisers a year to sustain the other 322 days of programming that they provide to the Oxford community,” said Tore Christiansen, Miss-I-Sippin event coordinator.

Tickets for Miss-I-Sippin’ can be purchased online at oxfordarts.com. Follow Miss-I-Sippin on Facebook for updates about the festival and find out about opportunities to win tickets. The Local Voice Ligature

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Brittain was an associate editor of The Local Voice from 2015-2018, ex-journalism student, and bad noise maker from the highway town of Brandon, Mississippi.

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