Miss-I-Sippin craft beer festival returns to Oxford

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, March 24, 2016

Miss-I-Sippin, the official festival of the Mississippi Brewers Guild and Oxford’s original craft beer festival, returns April 1-2.

The Brewer’s Dinner happens Friday, April 1 at the Powerhouse, featuring local chef Meredith Pittman of Second Line. Pittman will prepare dishes for guests and brewers inspired by her favorite Mississippi and Southern flavors.

Ticket holders can select a seat with the men and women behind the brewing of some of Mississippi’s most loved beers, such as Lazy Magnolia and Southern Prohibition, among others. Each brewer will bring a limited edition beer just for the guests who attend the Brewers Dinner. Seating is limited to 100.

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Pittman will prepare a Mississippi-inspired dinner for guests and brewers, which will include:

First course: Smoked Catfish Dip, homemade pickles, mustard, crostini sponsored by Delta Pride Catfish

Second course: 1/2 Braised Chicken Thigh Poboy–dressed sponsored by Sanderson Farms

Third course: Shrimp Bahn Mi & Grits sponsored by Grit Girl & Gulf Pride Select Shrimp

Fourth course: Beer float – ice creams paired with beers from brewers

Musician Jimmy Phillips will provide entertainment for the Brewer’s Dinner.

Saturday, April 2

From noon to 6 p.m. is the Miss-I-Sippin’ festival at the Old Armory Pavilion on University Ave. The festival will again feature all the beers from the Mississippi Brewer’s Guild, as well as, craft beers from the surrounding states along with local food, art and music.

This year features a change in the culinary element for Saturday, which allowed the YAC to offer a lower admission fee to the festival.

“Oxford creating new food truck policies inspired us to offer this community event as a chance to host these small culinary businesses,” said Wayne Andrews, director of the Arts Council. “This year Miss-i-sippin attendees will have the chance to dine at the Food Truck Court, purchasing from a variety of vendors in food trucks and pop up restaurants. Oxford is a foodie town, and an event that is about craft beverages should also feature craft foods.”

Saturday will feature live music from Hana Lena, Nate Robbins, and McLeod Guyer Trio as well as snacks from Golden Flake.

All proceeds will benefit the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Mississippi Craft Brewers Guild.