Brew & Blues Festival to feature beer tastings

Taste more than 50 brews from breweries around Virginia on  Saturday at the eighth annual Brew & Blues Festival in Front Royal.

Niki Foster, president of the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, said the festival will include cornhole and other lawn games, the grand opening of the Virginia Beer Museum and a hop-growing demonstration. The Valley Home Brewers Association will provide information on home brewing, food will be available for purchase, and an array of artisans and crafters will be on site.

“The beer industry is exploding all over the country and Virginia is in the middle of it all,” Foster said. “We’ll be offering selections from a number of those breweries across the state … as well as some of the domestic brands. For folks who aren’t beer drinkers, there is still much to do. Grab a delicious meal while enjoying some great entertainment in beautiful downtown Front Royal.”

Find a seat around the gazebo to enjoy the live entertainment that will be provided all day until 7 p.m. Hypnotic Willie will perform from noon to 3 p.m. and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils will perform from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Festival gates open at 11 a.m. in the Village Commons in downtown Front Royal.

Around 3,000 people typically attend the festival each year, Foster said.

General admission is free. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for beer tasters. Beer tasters will also receive a commemorative souvenir tasting glass and 10 tickets for sampling or towards the purchase of beers. Additional beer tickets will be available for purchase.

VIP tickets are also available for $50 and include a T-shirt, commemorative 16-ounce pilsner glass, unlimited tastings, hour early entry into the festival and bonus beer selection.

Advance tickets can be purchased at www.brewandblues.com, by visiting the Chamber of Commerce at 106 Chester St., Front Royal or the Front Royal Visitor Center at 414 E. Main St., Front Royal.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com