It’s hop’ning (Ephrata Brewfest Sold-out!)

By on June 23, 2016

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Inaugural Ephrata Brewfest rocks Saturday with 12 craft breweries

By Patrick Burns

The configuration of Saturday afternoon’s inaugural Ephrata Brewfest at the Whistle Stop Plaza Saturday will be an enclosed area that extends from Main Street back to end of the back parking lot near Rose Street.

To make room for the expected 500 ticket-holders, organizers will post no-parking signs on the plaza beginning Friday night.

Food vendors will set up on the left side of the two front entrance just off Main Street in the front of the Plaza adjacent to the music stage (See Brewfest map above). The dozen craft brewers will set up shop in the back, behind the train station and Ephrata Chamber of Commerce building.

There will be 10 portable toilets lined up on the east side of the plaza behind the building.

If you’re going by car there is parking at municipal lots at Ephrata Borough Hall, Fulton Street Trail Head, West Franklin Street, The Ephrata Review lot, Ephrata National Bank lots, and on street parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the plaza.

Though the event begins at 1 p.m., gates open and music will begin at around 12:30, according to event organizers. Those going must have a ticket and a photo I.D. proving you’re at least 21 years old.

Guests enter from one of two front gates and redeem a ticket for a sampling bracelet and mug at the admission table. Less than 100 tickets remain and are available at The Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata Rec Center, Black Forest Brewery, and online at www.eventbrite.com/e/ephrata-brewfest-tickets-17896106737.

Look for the Ephrata Review’s Facebook page for updates on ticket availability leading up to the event. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate if tickets are available. A limited number of designated driver tickets are available for $10 each.

The event, which will help raise funds for the Ephrata Public Library, Downtown Ephrata Inc., and the Ephrata Rec Center, is several years in the making. There’s plenty of local brewers including Black Forest Brewery, Saint Boniface Craft Brewing Co., Stoudts Brewing Co., and Union Barrel Works will serve up their best brews.

Also attending are Battlefield Brew Works, Cox Brewing Co., Howling Brewing LLC, Lancaster Brewing Co., Mad Chef Brewing, Moo Duck Brewery, Snitz Creek Brewery, and Wacker Brewing Co.

Food vendors include Scratch Bakes, the Souvlaki Boys (Greek fare), Mara-Leo’s (an Italian Food truck), and home-style cooking from Bountiful Feast Roving Restaurant. Brew fans will recognize these mobile units from other beercentric events and as one-time regulars at Saint Boniface.

The Hill will be selling fresh-carved prime rib sandwiches with horseradish sauce or au jus at the brewfest. For those looking for a non-alcoholic drink, The Hill will have an assortment of craft sodas on hand and Renewal Kombucha will provide tea samples.

For entertainment, Ephrata Brewfest has booked Mark DeRose, who will bring the acoustic trio version of his Dreadnought Brigade to play some bluesy rock originals. Local musician Danny Frederick, who describes his repertoire as classic and modern rock covers “with some pop thrown in,” will also take the stage.

The Ephrata Brewfest is sponsored by Weis Markets; Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Nicholas Ermolovich, Esq.; and Lancaster Craft Beer Tours.

Ephrata businesses are rallying around the event as well. Black Forest Brewery will offer event wristband wearers happy hour prices all day on Saturday; the 1777 Americana Inn Bed and Breakfast offers 10 percent off a weekend stay and a $10 dining credit to the brewery.

The Historic Smithton Inn offers Brewfest ticketholders a 10 percent discount on a two-night stay for the weekend. Hometown Refurnishing and Parkhill Jewelry will have extended hours until 4 p.m. on June 25; Hometown Refurnishing offers attendees 15 percent off any purchase excluding delivery, and Parkhill Jewelry will give beer fans a 25 percent discount on anything in the store. Scratch Cupcakes, which will be pairing cupcakes with beer at the event, will be offering a 10 percent discount from 1 to 6 p.m.; the discount does not apply to pre-orders or catering.

Patrick Burns is social media editor and staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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