Full schedule set for Huntington Craft Beer Week Aug. 8-17
HUNTINGTON — Organizers of the Rails and Ales Festival announced today that the popular event is going to expand this year to include a Craft Beer Week from August 8 - 17. The sold-out Rails and Ales Festival will be held on August 16th.
As a special bonus, attendees at all craft beer week events leading up to the Festival will have an opportunity to win tickets to the sold-out 2014 Rails & Ales Festival. Drawings will be held at each event during the week.
"Craft Beer Week is going to be an exciting addition to the Rails & Ales Festival, creating a week-long celebration," said Jeff McKay, festival organizer and owner of The Tap House. "We have a full week of events for people to responsibly enjoy and sample craft beers," he said. "In fact, with events stretching from Friday, Aug. 8 to Sunday, Aug. 17, Huntington's Craft Beer Week is already bursting at the seams," he said.
The week will kick-off at the Artisan Market at Heritage Station on Friday, Aug. 8, with a proclamation by Mayor Steve Williams.
Throughout the entire week, Bottle & Wedge will offer special discounts to Rails & Ales ticket holders. Show your ticket and get a 10 percent discount on all craft beer 6 packs and will double the discount to 20% when the 6 pack is paired with a cheese, meat, wine or premium cigar. Bottle & Wedge is located in the Shops at Heritage Station.
Other Craft Beer Week events include:
Saturday, Aug. 9, 4 p.m. — Giovanni's, 2002 Third Ave., will host a special pre-festival tasting of a craft beer from one of West Virginia's newest breweries, Big Timber Brewing Company out of Elkins.
Sunday, Aug. 10, 12:30 p.m. — Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 Third Ave., will host a Beer Brunch. The event is $25 per person and includes a flight of beer and an entrée from a special brunch menu. Music will be provided by Americana artist Tyler Childers.
Monday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m. — The Tap House at Heritage Station, 210 11th St., Huntington, will host a Tap Takeover by Country Boy Brewing, from Lexington, Ky. This will be Country Boy's inaugural event in the State and the first time anyone in West Virginia has had the opportunity to purchase beer from this outstanding microbrewery.
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. — The Tap House at Heritage Station will host a Home Brew Meet and Greet where area home brewers and people interested in home brewing are invited to share tips and information.
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. — Black Sheep Burrito and Brews will host a Cask Dinner. The $75 ticket includes a four course meal and tastings from four casks. A pint of paired beer will be served with each course. (Ticket price includes tax and gratuity for the dinner.) For tickets and information, call 304-523-1555.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m. .— The Tap House at Heritage Station will host a Tap Takeover by Morgantown Brewing, featuring several beers that will be offered at the Rails and Ales Festival, including a beer brewed exclusively for the event.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. — La Famiglia, 1327 6th Ave., Huntington, will feature a special beer-themed menu featuring stuffed pork loin braised in Son of a Peach beer, brussel sprouts with caramelized bacon, sautéed in Peroni, and Bridge Brew Works Cream Brûlée gelato. Reservations are not required.
Friday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. — Huntington's own cycle enthusiasts, Critical Mass, will host the Gears for Beers pub crawl following their regular bike ride. The casual bike ride tasting of the region's craft beers will leave from the Ritter Park Fountain at 7:30 p.m. For details visit the organization's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gearsforbeers.
Friday, Aug. 15 — Also on Friday, Le Bistro will also host an Appalachian Locavore Craft Beer Dinner featuring local foods and craft beers. Reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations and information, call 304-523-2012.
Saturday, Aug. 16 — The Rails & Ales Festival features craft beers, terrific local food, works from local artisans, and live street performers. The Festival begins at Noon with a special private tasting for VIP ticket holders. The sold-out event is open to the public from 1 to 6 p.m. Ticketholders are also invited to enjoy the Huntington Symphony Orchestra's POPS Concert at Harris Riverfront Park on Saturday evening. The Huntington Symphony Orchestra is offering buy one ticket/get one free offers for all Festival ticketholders.
Sunday, Aug. 17 — Black Sheep Burrito and Brews will host a "Hair of the Dog" Country Boy Beer Brunch from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. The event will feature craft beer from Lexington's Country Boy Brewery and live music by Tyler Childers.
The goal of the Rails and Ales Festival and Craft Beer Week is to promote a craft beer culture in the area and to improve access to craft beer by demonstrating the local demand to microbreweries and distributors. "We've seen a huge improvement in the number and variety of options we have for craft beer in the past year. The guests who attended last year's Festival helped showcase that there was a huge local demand for craft beer and the region's restaurants, bars, and distributors, as well as West Virginia's microbreweries, really took note and improved the selection. We hope to see another huge leap forward this year," McKay said.