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Beer Festival to be held at Twins Field this weekend

John Thompson • Oct 10, 2018 at 11:46 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The pouring of champagne was in order the last time a crowd was at Joe O’Brien Field on Sept. 5. That was because the Elizabethton Twins won the 2018 Appalachian League pennant.

This weekend, beer will be poured instead, as the field hosts a new event: The Betsy Crafts and Drafts Festival. Mike Hill, one of the promoters, said the new festival will feature 40 craft beer vendors over the weekend, as well as music, food and children’s activities.

The food court will include Pizzeria, Greg’s Pizza, Freddy’s John’s Funnel Cakes and more. Tri-Cities Space Walk will have inflatables, an escape room and other activities.

The gates will be open at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. The festival will end at 5 p.m. both days.

There will be a one-day craft beer garden on Saturday only from noon to 5 p.m. It will feature regional breweries showcasing hard-to-find varieties not normally available in the Tri-Cities, along with old favorites.

The special guest will be Appalachian Sun Brewery, soon to be Elizabethton’s first microbrewery. The brewery will provide advance samples of specialty brews ahead of their grand opening.

Participating beer garden breweries include Bearded Iris, Catawba Brewing, Depot Street Brewing, Gypsy Circus Cider, Highland Brewing, JRH Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Studio Brew, Blackhorse, Greenman, Bells, Boldrock, Fanatic, Foothills, Country Boy, Founders, Crown Valley, and Wolf Hills Brewing.

The festival is made possible by Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and Grindstaff Automotive Group.

Admission to the two-day festival is free. Beer garden attendees will find single drafts for $6 and a five-beer flight for $25.

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