At eXplore Brown County this weekend, you can not only explore 500 acres of woods, but also a wide variety of beers, music and art.

The eighth annual GnawBrew festival takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16 on Valley Branch Road in southeastern Brown County.

This year’s festival is presented by Quaff ON! Brewing Co., Brown County’s only homegrown craft brewery.

Guests get unlimited samples of beer, including regional favorites, traditional styles, unconventional flavors and home-brewed creations. Events include a beer exchange, whereby you bring your favorite six-pack or growler and sample what everyone else has brought; and a homebrewing competition that will crown a “crowd favorite” brewer. The brewing contest starts at 5 p.m. Friday.

Bands on the schedule include Bigfoot Yancey, Cut Camp, Split Rail, Earphorik, The Trip, Rainwater and several other well-loved local and regional musicians.

Primitive camping is available on site on a first-come, first-served basis.

General admission advance tickets for Saturday are available online for $50 or at the gate for $60 cash. Tickets include 2 p.m. entry, a tasting cup, unlimited samples, art, music and entertainment, as well as a campsite.

VIP guests get an extra evening of fun beginning at 4 p.m. Friday for $100 in advance. They include unlimited samples, art, music and primitive camping on both days of the festival, as well as early bird tasting at noon Saturday before gates open to the general public. No VIP tickets will be sold at the gate.

This event is for adults 21 years of age and older.

Information and tickets: or 812-340-4761.