Brewing up fun
Schuylkill County Brew Fest to feature exclusive ‘ Skook Series’
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.
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.