Hamburg hosts first beer tasting festival

A new event is brewing in Hamburg and will be held this Saturday, May 3, at the Hamburg Field House.“Art of the Brew” Hamburg’s first beer tasting festival will highlight favorites from 15 breweries. The festival runs from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will feature two local bands; The Barren Wells and Uncle Jake and the 18 Wheel Gang.

“The craft beer industry is definitely on the rise and with other communities hosting successful tasting events, we felt we wanted to give it a try as well” said Deena Kershner, Director of Our Town Foundation, the organization hosting the event. “We are very fortunate to have Windsor Distributing, our local beer distributor, on board and assisting us with booking the breweries. “

Dietsch Eck Restaurant from Lenhartsville will be serving a meal, which is included with the ticket price.

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Attendees can choose from either a chicken sandwich or a variety of burgers including the infamous Luther Burger, winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Burger for the past several years at Hamburg’s notorious Taste of Hamburg-er Festival.

“It is our hope that Art of the Brew becomes an annual event, and grows in size each year” said Kershner. “We are discussing the possibility of combining the beer tasting event with our annual Arts Fest in future years, which is always held the third weekend in May”. This year, Hamburg’s Arts Fest will be on May 17 in the downtown business district and will feature numerous arts and crafts as well as a car show.

There is a cost for ticket prices available before 5 p.m. Friday for a discounted price, or on the day of the event for full price and there is a discounted price for designated drivers. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Contact the Foundation office at 610-562-3106 for tickets or purchase advance tickets online at www.hamburgpa.org and click on events. A listing of the participating breweries can also be found on the web.

All proceeds from the Art of the Brew Fest will benefit Hamburg’s Southgate Neighborhood through a program managed by Our Town Foundation. The Foundation was organized in 2002 to preserve and revitalize downtown Hamburg for families and future generations to enjoy.