Thousands of people are in Louisville this weekend to taste rare beer from around the world.

The Shelton Brother’s Festival 2016 at Copper and Kings in Butchertown is serving up what many consider some of the best beer ever made.

“This is as good as it gets when it comes to beer,” Copper and Kings owner Joe Heron said.

The beer at Festival 2016 is poured by the people who made it. All 80 of them were invited by the Shelton Brothers, who are famous in craft beer circles for importing and distributing rare beer throughout the United States.

“Most beer festivals, you'll see a brewery rep or a distributor rep," Dauntless Distributing owner Michael Minton said. "But the person who created this and put their time and effort in and made it their art will be right in front of you when you're tasting it."

“They bring in beer from Japan or Stockholm or England, or things like that, and they only choose the best,” Heron said.

The brothers hand-picked Louisville to host their annual festival.

“They love the city,” Minton said. “The beer scene here is booming. They came down, they checked out Copper and Kings, they fell in love, and here we are.”

“We're thrilled. There are some of the best brewers in the world, some of our heroes, so it's an honor to be in this company,” Perennial Artisan Ales brewer Jonathan Moxey said. "We're from St. Louis, Missouri.”

Fifteen-hundred people are expected at each one of the three Festival 2016 sessions on Oct. 28 and 29. 

Session 1: Friday, 5-9 p.m.

Session 2: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Session 3: Saturday, 5-9 p.m.

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