The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 28, 2013

Suds and songs on tap with Brewfest

BLOOMSBURG — Roll out the barrel and we’ll have a barrel of fun while raising a glass, stein or mug to the wonderful world of beer at Saturday’s Brewfest in Bloomsburg.

The heady aroma of malt will fill the air at the Caldwell Consistory where this makeshift beer garden will showcase a bevy of local brews and wine along with a selection of savory menu items from a multitude of area restaurants.

Of course, when you raise a glass, nothing goes better than to raise the volume on some jam-infused bands and Brewfest has that covered many times over with seven bands performing throughout the event to keep the party going and the good times rolling along.

“Our area is rich with beer and beer enthusiasts so it’s fitting that we should have more beer fests. Brew pubs are community-oriented companies and what better way to get the community together than with great brews, local food and music,” said Andrew Nebel, one of several people involved with bringing Brewfest to Bloomsburg. “Plus the festival supports Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. so it will be benefitting the community with hopes of doing other events like it.”

Providing the suds and expert insight to the world of independent breweries will be area favorites Berwick Brewing Co., Marley’s Brewery, Old Forge Brewing Co, Turkey Hill Brewing Co., Purple Healer and the Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Participating wineries include Shade Mountain, Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery, Pickering Winery and O’Donnell Winery.

Serving up the sizzling and savory aspects of Brewfest will be Rose Marie’s, Reichart’s Mardi Gras, Marley’s, Smokehouse, Balzano’s, Nap’s, La Fontana, Capitol, New Bloom Diner, Prana Juice Bar, Pine Barn Inn, Berry Field Farms, The Inn at Turkey Hill and Pete the Chicken Guy.

“One of the greatest things about this event is that it is local. All the restaurants and breweries represent local entrepreneurs,” said Adrienne Mael, Brewfest coordinator and Downtown Manager for Bloomsburg. “This event is a great way for restaurants and breweries to advertise themselves. Many people never get to experience all the great foods, beers, and wines this area has to offer.”

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