By Caray Grace| January 31, 2016 at 2:30 AM CST - Updated July 2 at 1:55 PM
BILOXI, MS (WLOX)
It was a beer lover's paradise at the Coast Coliseum during the weekend. Thousands came out to taste beers from around the world at the 2016 Top of the Hops Beer festival.
Whether you like it or love it, beer was the drink of choice, and that's exactly what drew the large crowds.
"He likes the pale ales, and the different types of beers. So this is an opportunity to try several different ones from all over, to see what we like so I know what I'm going to buy next, said Tammy Harris.
More than 150 breweries were represented at the 2016 Top of The Hops Festival. While many of the vendors were familiar commercial brews, several of the ales on tap were from the Magnolia State.
"This is why we do what we do, is to do stuff like this. Love talking to people, love coming and sharing beer talking about different beers and how the process is done and this is our favorite part of it," said Kenny Mann of Slowboat Brewing in Laurel, MS.
Local breweries like Chandeleur, which has only been open in Gulfport for a little more than a year say, it's a great way to continue to get their product seen by customers.
"For the people that are here on the coast, our military as well, that have never heard of us they find out about us here and then hopefully like the beer and come see us at the brewery," said Chandeleur Brewing owner Cam Roberts.
Other local breweries who are a bit more established, like Crooked Letter, are just happy that the event brings attention to Mississippi's craft beer scene.
"I love it. I think it's a great thing to promote the local breweries even from New Orleans, Louisiana, from Mississippi even as far as Alabama and Florida, too, and it's a wonderful event," said Crooked Letter Operations Manager Carl Menzer.