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Homebrewers, beer blessings to be part of Rails and Ales fest

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

HUNTINGTON — While the second annual Rails and Ales craft brew festival will feature more than 100 commercially made brews, there will also be a presence from area homebrewers as well.

Rails and Ales, which will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at Heritage Station, will feature 35 booths including several manned by area homebrewers who will be doing some homebrew demos as well as giving out information about the hobby.

 There will be a homebrewing demo and info at booths 23 and 24. The 23rd booth is local Huntington homebrewers while the 24th booth will host the Kanawha Regional Association of Zymurgy Enthusiasts (K.RA.Z.E.), an A.H.A. recognized home brewing and beer enthusiasts group.

You can also get your beer blessed and learn more about beer blessings at the special beer blessings booth manned by Huntington homebrewer Rusty Parrett.

Parrett said he was cooking wort when his son came over and said some words over the boiling brew which gave him the idea to begin of becoming a professional beer blesser.

Parrett will be offering up a variety of historic blessings of all stripes from Irish to Catholic and Jewish blessings, as well as ‘create your own’ blessings’ at the Rails and Ales.

“It’s more than a novelty it’s meant to enhance the value of what we make,” Parrett said of hte brew.
Parrett said he’s making 100 IDs for certified beer blessers and hopes to have a beer blessing competition next year to honor the most creative blessings of the brew.

 This year’s Rails and Ales will feature eight of West Virginia’s breweries as well as a slew of regional breweries such as Flying Mouse Brewery, which is having a WV Launch Party at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at The Jug And Kilt, 5636 U.S. 60 East, Barboursville.

 Check out the Herald-Dispatch for daily coverage of the Huntington Craft Beer Week.