Brew­ing up fun

Schuylkill County Brew Fest to fea­ture ex­clu­sive ‘ Skook Se­ries’

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6003

Schuylkill County BrewFest will be held Satur­day, cap­ping a week- long cel­e­bra­tion of beer.

The third an­nual Brew Fest is slated from2 to 5: 30 p.m. at the F rack ville Elks Lodge, 307 S. Third St., Frackville. It is or­ga­nized by Puff’s Promotions and Cousin Dave En­ter­tain­ment. Ac­cord­ing to Puff’s Promotions web­site, tick­ets are $45 and $ 10 for des­ig­nated driv­ers.

BrewFest is the fi­nal event of the in­au­gu­ral Schuylkill County Beer Week. Start­ing May 12, beer­re­lated events were held through­out the county. More than 30 brew­eries will be sam­pling their beer Satur­day. The event will also fea­ture food, craft ven­dors and live en­ter­tain­ment.

Co- or­ga­nizer Tyler Bud­wash of Puff’s Promotions said peo­ple at­tend­ing the event will be im­pressed with the qual­ity brew­eries. He hand- se­lected most of the beers that will be avail­able.

“I knowyou’re not go­ing to be able to go buy these at Weis or any­where else,” Bud­wash said.

Aspe­cial at­trac­tion will be the re­lease of ex­clu­sive “Skook Se­ries” beers. The se­ries is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of four brew­eries— Conyn­g­ham Brew­ing Co., Conyn­g­ham, Luzerne County; Ro­tunda Brew­ing Co., An­nville, Le­banon County; Schuylkill Moun­tain Brew­ing Co ., Schuylkill Haven; and Abom­i­na­tion Brew­ing Co., Strouds­burg, Mon­roe County.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to re­lease the Skook Se­ries of beer this year. We’ve got an IPA, a strong ale, an im­pe­rial stout and a sour. Craft beer is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in Schuylkill County sowe wanted to show­case a va­ri­ety of styles. Some­thing for every­one,” Bud­wash said.

Bud­wash said the idea was inspired by a visit to the Harrisburg BeerWeek events in 2015- 16. He said the or­ga­nizer, Stouts and Stil­letos, col­lab­o­rat­ed­with lo­cal brew­eries to have beer at the events.

“I wanted to do that for our beerweek/ fes­ti­val, so I got in touch with some of the brew­eries who I’ve be­come good friends with over the years, and nowwe have five beers made just for the fest, three of which I helped brew,” Bud­wash said.

He added that the Skook Se­ries will make the Schuylkill County BrewFest its own unique event.

“There’s a lot of beer fes­ti­vals out there, mostof which are repet­i­tive and don’ t stand out. The S kook Se­ries au­to­mat­i­cally makes ours stand out be­cause you’re not go­ing to get these beers any­where else and they may never be around again,” Bud­wash said.

Bud­wash said they or­dered 600 glasses for the fest, so they will have to cap at­ten­dance at that num­ber, adding that’s the num­ber the ven­dors are ex­pect­ing.

“The Skook Se­ries is go­ing to blow a lot of peo­ple away and I feel bad for the peo­ple that will be miss­ing out. My busi­ness part­ners, Dave Cantwell, Kory McGee­han, Con­lan Bud­wash and I took an idea we had three years ago and turned it into a re­al­ity that’s now-a-week- long event due to our Schuylkill BeerWeek,” Bud­wash said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets to the Schuylkill County BrewFest, go to puff­spro­mo­tions.com or fol­lowthe Schuylkill County BrewFest on Facebook.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Tyler Bud­wash, left, and Dave “Cousin Dave” Cantwell dump hops in for Conyn­g­ham Brew­ing Co.’ s Skook­town Hop­down IPA, which is part of the “Skook Se­ries,” a col­lab­o­ra­tion of four brew­eries to cre­ate beers spe­cially for the Schuylkill County Brew Fest. The other brew­eries in­clude Ro­tunda Brew­ing Co., Schuylkill Moun­tain Brew­ing Co. and Abom­i­na­tion Brew­ing Co. The fes­ti­val will be held from 2 to 5: 30 p. m. Satur­day at Frackville Elks Lodge.

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