STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The fourth Upper Bucks Brewfest returns to Quakertown’s historic train depot building on Aug. 29.
This year’s craft beer event for adults 21+ (In its inaugural year in 2011, the festival was called “Grapes and Hops”) is set for 1 to 5 p.m. There will be food trucks and musical entertainment by the Lehigh Valley’s James Supra & Sarah Ayers blues quartet. And for a libation change of pace, there will even be wine samples from Peace Valley and Unami Ridge wineries.
“There’s usually a good crowd. Everybody seems to enjoy themselves,” commented Michele Buono, an administrative assistant with Quakertown Alive, the organization that produces the event.
According to Upper Bucks Brewfest chairman Zack Irick, attendance ranges between 500 and 700 people.
Some of breweries in attendance will be: Founders, Bear Republic, Free Will, Southampton, Summit, Ommegang, Deschutes, Crispin, Great Divide, Yards, Leinenkugel, Liquid Hero, Schofferhofer, Victory, Troegs, Goose Island, Prism, Susquehanna, Lancaster, Ithaca, Firestone Walker, Dogfish Head, Allagash, Lagunitas, Sly Fox, Weyerbacher, Stone and Yuengling. You can check out a list of the specific beers they’re bringing, and any late additions, at www.upperbucksbrewfest.com.
Tickets are $40, and include unlimited craft brew tastings in a souvenir tasting glass. Designated driver tickets are $10, and they get their souvenir glass at the end of the event.
Because these things are more fun with a group, you can get five tickets for $185 or 10 for $350. Note that group ticket packages are only available at the Quakertown Alive office at 312 W. Broad St. Their phone number is (215) 536-2273.
VIP tickets, which are also available in group packages, include early entrance at noon, free appetizers and tastings of special beers not offered to general admission ticket-holders. They cost $70. “If you purchase the VIP ticket, you’re closer to 60 (breweries to sample),” Irick said.
The VIP beers are: Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin, Troegs Hop Knife, Stone Woot Stout, Weyerbacher 20th Anniversary Ale, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, 4 Hands Passion Fruit Sour and Neshaminy Creek Tribute Tripel.
Go to the Upper Bucks Brewfest website or call Quakertown Alive to purchase tickets. Tickets are non-refundable, and proceeds support ongoing Quakertown Borough revitalization efforts. According to a letter soliciting sponsorship for the festival, last year’s proceeds enabled Quakertown Alive to purchase the new fountain in Triangle Park and continue to put up seasonal decorations downtown throughout this year.
Keep up to date at www.facebook.com/UpperBucksBrewFest.
The festival site is the old train station at 15 Front St., near the intersection of Front and Broad streets. Across the street from the train station is the former Palace Theater. According to Buono, a new local brewpub, The Proper Brewing Co., will open in that building in September.
“It’s a nice young couple that’ll be operating the business,” she said.
For the latest on that development, visit www.theproperbrewing.com and www.facebook.com/pages/The-Proper-Brewing-Company.