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Tickets on sale Monday, June 10 for Huntington craft brew fest

Jun. 10, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

HUNTINGTON — The Tri-State will be able to tap into the growing craft beer market as The Shops at Heritage Station and Bottle and Wedge are teaming up for a new first year fest, Rails and Ales Festival set to run 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

A limited number of advance tickets are on sale Monday, June 10 for the festival at Heritage Station’s patio. It will feature craft beers and microbrews from such breweries as Morgantown Brewing Company, Bridge Brew Works, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and many more still to be announced.

Also, Global Distributors will be bringing as many as 11 different imports, about half of those will be just entering the West Virginia market at that time. Just a few of the craft brews will include: Gulden Draak, Piraat, Wittekerke, Petrus and Bavik, and Flying Dog which is sending its Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout.

Tickets are $25 and are available only at Bottle & Wedge, the craft beer store located in Shop #14 at Heritage Station, located at 210 11th St., Huntington. Opened in 2011, Bottle and Wedge features more than 200 varieties of craft and imported beers and build-your-own six packs.

The first year fest will feature a steady stream of live music from the gazebo stage, vendors, including La Famiglia (selling meatball subs), Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar (selling pizza) and Giovanni’s (selling wings). Other Heritage Station shops such as Let’s Eat, and River and Rail Bakery will also be open for food.

In addition to Blaine Crabtree, the owner of Bottle and Wedge, other organizers include Jeff McKay, Jessica Pressman, Jay Fox and Thomas and Stacy McChesney.

Thomas McChesney said they are all excited to bring this festival to the city and to the historic Heritage Station.

“Craft beer is really coming into its own as a really cool culture in America and we have seen it begin to develop here in Huntington,” McChesney said. “We hope that with this festival that the homebrewers and the people who love craft beer will have an opportunity to come out and really celebrate. The ultimate mission of the fest is to reinforce with the breweries from around the country and hopefully around the world, as well as the distributors, that there is a market for really good craft beer in Huntington, West Virginia. We are trying to be very deliberate about who we are bringing in and how we are bringing them so we can show them the economic opportunity here in Huntington.”

 For more info and updates on the fest, check out the Facebook pages of Bottle and Wedge and Rails and Ales Festival.