Going, going, gone! Local beer events selling out quickly

By on July 13, 2016
Do you see the glass as half full or half empty after learning that the Lititz Craft Beer Fest in September sold out in a mere four days? It definitely means the Lititz Ambucs have a successful fundraiser for its non-profit efforts, and that’s certainly something to celebrate.

Do you see the glass as half full or half empty after learning that the Lititz Craft Beer Fest in September sold out in a mere four days? It definitely means the Lititz Ambucs have a successful fundraiser for its non-profit efforts, and that’s certainly something to celebrate.

 

“That didn’t take long” was the comment I put up on Lititz Craft Beer Fest’s Facebook photo. The photo, courtesy of the Lititz Record Express, shows the backdrop of a previous festival with the words SOLD OUT typed over in bold.

The announcement was made Tuesday, July 5, a mere four days after 2,000 tickets went on sale. According to organizers, the tickets went on sale at the same time as last year, and opening sales on a holiday weekend was meant to “allow people to coordinate attendance as they were spending time with family and friends.”

People coordinated, all right! Tickets for last year’s event sold out in two weeks, surprisingly fast at the time. As can be imagined, the quick sell-off irritated those who didn’t get a chance to buy tickets for 2016, but organizers expressed their need to cap sales at 2,000. Lititz can only handle so many beer-drinking people, even if it was once heralded as America’s Coolest Small Town.

“It’s very satisfying to see people so excited about the Lititz Craft Beer Fest. There’s quite a bit of time and energy that goes into organizing this event, and it feels good to be able to see some of the results of that hard work so soon,” said co-organizer Patrick Moulds.

So, if you missed out on tickets here are some of the participating breweries you can check out on your own in advance of Sept. 25 event. New to the Lititz Craft Beer Fest are Port Brewing Company (San Marcos, Calif.), Jack’s Abbey Brewing Company (Framingham, Mass.), South County Brewing (over in York), Stickman Brewing Company (Royersford, Pa.), and Rubber Soul Brewing Company (Salisbury, Md.). Okay, some of those places may be hard to get to in two months, but definitely head over to South County Brewing if you’ve never had that beers; highly recommended.

 

Carson Kegerreis, manager of Bulls Head, pictured here at last year’s Lititz Craft Beer Fest, is conducting the upcoming craft beer seminar at the Lititz Public Library

Carson Kegerreis, manager of Bulls Head, pictured here at last year’s Lititz Craft Beer Fest, is conducting the upcoming craft beer seminar at the Lititz Public Library

 

The festival was not the only beer thing to sell out in Lititz. Sallie Rihn, community relations coordinator for the Lititz Public Library, didn’t even have an opportunity to send out a press release for the library’s upcoming introduction to craft beer class before the event sold out. A lucky few beer newbies will learn about pilsners, India pale ales, stouts, and wheat beers on Monday, July 18, from Carson Kegerreis, manager of Bulls Head Public House. The over-21 class will focus on the process of brewing as well as developing an understanding of the different styles of beer, culminating in a tasting.

Speaking of libraries, the Ephrata Public Library recently started a new book club called Books & Brews. The monthly meeting takes place at a local watering hole where readers discuss the current selection over a pint or two. July’s selection is “Where We Stand: Class Matters” by Bell Hooks. This month’s location is Black Forest Brewery, and readers will meet on Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. In August, join the group on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company for a discussion on “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings,” a collection of poetry by Native American author Joy Harjo.

Cheers, and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

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