So much beer, so lit­tle time at the New­town Beer­fest

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Ann Cole

NEW­TOWN BOR­OUGH - A good beer is a mar­riage of a per­fect blend of brewed hops, malt and bar­ley. Its taste can be light and crisp like a sum­mer breeze or dark and brood­ing like a Poe story. There ex­ists a bal­ance that must tan­talize and also tease one’s taste buds. And when beer is wed­ded with a good cause, like help­ing the New­town Fire As­so­ci­a­tion, well, then, ev­ery­thing tastes even bet­ter.

2N WHH fiUsW GDy RI IDOO, Satur­day af­ter­noon, Sept. 22 the New­town Fire As­so­ci­a­tion held its third an- nual New­town Beer Fest on the grounds of the Stock­ing Works off State Street in New­town. The day was sunny and warm, and the per­fect set­ting for try­ing some very ex­cel­lent brews.

New­town Fire Chief Carl FRUsyWH, RNH RI PDNy fiUH­men there proudly wear­ing their crew­shirts for the day, “Stop, Drink and Roll,” said they were ex­pect­ing 3,000 peo­ple that day. As the 2 p.m. start time ap­proached, ea­ger and thirsty pa­trons were lin­ing up at the en­trance.

The First Tap Ses­sion, dur­ing which -- for a lit­tle more money -- ticket buy-

could be the first to try some of the pre­miere sam­plings of the day, ran for 1 ½ hours be­fore the main event. Blends like the South­ern Tier Mocha, the Neshaminy Creek Im­pe­rial, S’mores Stout and the Vault Bour­bon Bar­rel Stout ran quickly as pa­trons me­an­dered from tent to tent, from brew­mas­ter to brew­mas­ter, try­ing and tasting the var­i­ous of­fer­ings.

About 73 brew­eries, some lo­cal, some from far away, were there, each of­fer­ing a unique taste, a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for brew afi­cionado and am­a­teur alike. For many of the pa­trons, it was an op­por­tu­nity to try some­thing new and to de­fine or re­fine their par­tic­u­lar tastes.

The New­town Beer Fest serves as a fundraiser for the New­town Fire As­so­ci­a­tion, which op­er­ates out of two fire sta­tions, one on Lib­erty Street in the bor­ough and the other off Durham Road in the town­ship. All 40 mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion are vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing Chief Forsyth and the as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, Michael Er­rico Sr.

Forsyth said that the funds raised from the event would be used to pur­chase and main­tain the ap­pa­ra­tus upon which so many of New­town’s res­i­dents rely.

“We also use a por­tion of the pro­ceeds to do­nate to lo­cal char­i­ties,” said Forsyth. He men­tioned that one of the char­i­ties they are look­ing at this year is the Wounded War­riors Project, which pro­vides ser­vices and pro­grams to wounded vet­er­ans.

Pho­to­graph by Ann Cole

New­townís vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers get ready for the start of their third Beer Fest. Fire As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Michael Er­rico, last man on the right, ex­pressed his thanks for the peo­ple who came out to sup­port the fire as­so­ci­a­tion at the event. ìThank you to the ticket hold­ers and our spon­sors,î he said, ìWeíre a fam­ily, and we rely on the community just as we rely on our fel­low fire­men.î

Photo by Ann Cole

Brian Stone of Warmin­ster, along with his daugh­ter Ash­ley Casper, her fi­ancÈ Zach Smith of Warmin­ster, and Ash­leyís mother, Shan­non, are cel­e­brat­ing Ash­ley and Zachís pend­ing nup­tuals at the New­town Beer Fest with a bach­e­lor/bach­e­lorette party. Ash­ley ex­plained, ìWell, the best man de­cided that this is what weíre go­ing to do. Itís good be­cause we all love beer,î she joked, adding that their fa­vorite so far is the South­ern Tier Pump­king.

Photo by Ann Cole

Christina Mon­ico of Hol­land, and her friend, Al­li­son Mor­ris of New­town, were en­joy­ing the “sun­shine, good beers and good friends.”

Photo by Ann Cole

Christie Fer­gu­son, Hol­land, Rox­anne Wil­son, Warmin­ster, and Jor­dan Dripps, Feasterville, were out en­joy­ing the sunny day and the Fest. “It gets a lot of a lo­cal peo­ple to­gether and we can to try new things,” said Jor­dan, ìItís awe­some to be here with friends have lo­cal events like this to go to. I re­ally like that in­stead of go­ing into the city; it’s nice to bring this kind of thing out here.” The girls agreed that an event like this helps them nar­row and re­fine their taste buds. “I go to events like these to learn what kinds of beers I like,” said Jor­dan. “In fact, I’m learn­ing that Iím not into dark beers.” Rox­anne and Christie added that they’ve been en­joy­ing the Am­ber Ale from Tri­umph Brew Pub, as well as the Pump­king beer from South­ern Tier. “It’s an­other fa­vorite for this time of year and it’s re­ally good to have a sea­sonal beer like that to serve around Thanks­giv­ing and Hal­loween.”

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