It’s no secret that the craft beer community in Central PA is not only huge, but growing ever larger. It’s no surprise, then, that week in and out there are any number of craft beer-focused events to choose from and engage in some community fun (read: drink great beers).
Here’s a rundown of what’s what in craft beer this weekend:
Spring Gate Brewery opening party | Friday & Saturday (Harrisburg)
We reported some time back that Spring Gate Vineyards in Harrisburg had successfully achieved a brewing license. Well the time has come to debut the new biergarten and unveil the new beers. The grand opening party takes place Friday and Saturday with live music, hearty food, brewery tours and of course, Spring Gate brews. It’s a ticketed event, so check in first to make a reservation. Here’s a little preview of what awaits:
2nd annual St. Bonifest at St. Boniface | Saturday (Ephrata)
The second annual St. Bonifest – the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Boniface – takes place at Ephrata’s St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. on Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and promises to be even bigger and better than last year. Tickets to the event gets you music from The Last Time, The Vinegar Creek Constituency duo and Jake Lewis and the Clergy, food from The Fridge, Soulvlaki Boys and more; plus a commemorative St. Bonifest glass and a free pint.
Snitz Creek Hollywood Ale Reveal Party | Saturday (Grantville)
Watch the final leg of the Triple Crown as you sip on Snitz Creek’s newest brew, Hollywood Ale. It’s going down at the Penn National Race Course at Hollywood Casino on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. The $10 ticket gets you beer and food and a trackside view of Penn National’s races after the Bellmont Stakes.
Inaugural Suds & Songs festival | Saturday (Red Lion)
What about beer and music? You got it. Check out Red Lion’s 1st annual Suds & Songs Craft Beer and Music Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Vulcan Fields. Get your fill of craft beer from local breweries like Black Cap Brewery and Wyndridge Farm Brewery and Cidery plus bluegrass and folk music. Entry to the festival is free and food and beer can be purchased from vendors. All proceeds benefit the Indian Steps Museum.
Bluegrass Beer Festival & Pub Crawl | Saturday (Marietta)
The Marietta Beer and Bluegrass Festival takes place on Saturday from 3-9 p.m. and features six bars throughout Marietta with live music and food specials. The featured brewery for this year’s festival is Dogfish Head.