Thou­sands sa­vor the fla­vor, have a blast at Brewfest

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Werner

kEWTOWk TOWkpHIm – Beer lovers from as far away as Mary­land, sir­ginia and even Cal­i­for­nia jammed the grounds of the kew­town Ath­letic Club (kACF on patur­day for kew­town’s Tth An­nual Orig­i­nal Brewfest.

Throughout the sun-drenched af­ter­noon, a crowd num­ber­ing more than O,MMM made its way from brew­mas­ter to brew­mas­ter try­ing and tasting more than NT5 of­fer­ings as the beer flowed, live mu­sic filled the air and restau­ra­teurs worked over­time to keep up with the pace.

The event un­folded be­neath a large tent set up on the grounds next to the kAC and inside one of the club’s gym­na­si­ums, where pa­trons sam­pled sIm of­fer­ings, wine and home­brews.

The de­mand was so high that just two hours into the event, the pump­kin ale was al­ready tapped out at the Cob­ble­stone Brew­ing Com­pany ta­ble lo­cated inside the gym.

But that didn’t stop beer lovers from lin­ing up at the ta­ble to try Cob­ble­stone’s or­ganic home­made brews, in­clud­ing a maple espresso porter, an apri­cot ale, a stout and an ImA.

Cob­ble­stone, which will be open­ing its first lo­ca­tion in the kew­town area some­time next spring, was one of nine home brew­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in patur­day’s event.

“This is just tremen­dous,” said Cob­ble­stone’s Ken Og­born, who or­ga­nized the home­brew sec­tion of the event. “vou can barely even walk around be­cause of the crowd, it’s so well at­tended. And the beer is ex­cep­tional,” he said.

Mick metrucci, a mem­ber of the Brewfest com­mit­tee, was drink­ing in the at­mos­phere from the mid­dle of a jammed packed gym­na­sium in ad­di­tion to sa­vor­ing his fa­vorite brew of the day, the pump­kin ale from Cob­ble­stone.

“The beer is flow­ing, ev­ery­body’s happy, the bands are phe­nom­e­nal, the food is fan­tas­tic,” said metrucci. “And, oh, did I men­tion, the beer is flow­ing,” he said.

“The beers are ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. And I have to give spe­cial ku­dos to the home brew­ers. These guys are brew­ing in their homes. They do it out of a love of sci­ence. And they brought a ton of beer,” he said.

Brewfest pa­trons also sa­vored a se­lec­tion of wines, pro­vided by lo­cal vine­yards, and soft drinks from Hank’s Root Beer. There was also plenty to eat, served by The Tem­per­ance House, Ap­ple­bee’s, Blos­som Cater­ing, Ken­ney’s and malate.

Inside the sIm area, where pa­trons paid a few ex­tra bucks to sam­ple higher priced brews, Ge­orge markin­son of ke­vulis Bev­er­ages spent a busy af­ter­noon of­fer­ing sam­ples of ar­ti­san craft beer and ciders. The pchenksville-based com­pany rep­re­sents new and old brew­eries from around the world

The most pop­u­lar of the day, he said, was the com­pany’s Ital­ian se­lec­tion. sIm pa­trons also en­joyed the dark and dry ap­ple cider from ppire Moun­tain Brew­ery. Made with all or­gan­i­cally grown ap­ples, its as­sertive tart­ness is bal­anced by a hint of mo­lasses and brown su­gar, said markin­son.

“I like the growth of these kinds of events be­cause it’s ex­pos­ing the end con­sumer to things they can’t find in the re­tail store,” said markin­son.

“There are so many la­bels in Amer­ica,” he said. “There were 9MM brew­eries in the rnited ptates last year with no end in sight in terms of brew­eries com­ing on line. It’s hard for a con­sumer to go into a store and see a fi­nite se­lec­tion and won­der if they’ll like it. At events like this, you have the op­por­tu­nity to taste some­thing you’ve never tasted be­fore.”

Over in the big tent, Bridgitte merry was en­joy­ing the paranac White ImA from the Matt Brew­ing Com­pany of rtica, k.v. Her other fa­vorite of the day was a le­mon berry fla­vored beer. “They are my two fa­vorites,” she said. “I’m hav­ing fun and I’ve got beer. koth­ing could be bet­ter.”

Tony Butch, who spent a busy day at the tap for the Matt Brew­ing Com­pany de­scribes the White ImA as a tasty in­no­va­tive twist on a tra­di­tional ImA. The com­pany has taken an Amer­i­can ImA with Ci­tra hops and given it a new di­rec­tion by adding the fruiti­ness of orange peel and co­rian­der and the soft­en­ing char­ac­ters of wheat malt and oats, he said.

kew­town Bor­ough Coun­cil­man gohn Burke was among those en­joy­ing the se­lec­tion of ImAs. He also liked the wines and try­ing the home­brews.

“They’ve done a nice job at putting this to­gether,” said Burke. “Ev­ery­one’s well be­haved and it’s a great day.”

maul pal­va­tore, who co-chaired the event with Frank Bras­sell, termed the day a ma­jor suc­cess.

“Ev­ery­one is en­joy­ing them­selves and we’re go­ing to raise money to­day to give back to the community. That’s what it’s all about,” said pal­va­tore.

mro­ceeds will as­sist the kew­town Cor­po­ra­tion is mar­ket­ing the kew­town area. It will also be used to help sup­port kew­town busi­nesses and events.

Rep­re­sent­ing Cob­ble­stone Brew­ing Com­pany are, from left, Carolyn Grace, Ken and Anne Og­born.

En­joy­ing Brewfest are, from left, Michele Chi­olan, Bridgitte Perry and Brian Chi­olan.

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