craft brews + bluegrass music = BREWGRASS

craft brews + bluegrass music = BREWGRASS

(March 22, 2013) Guests attending the third annual Brewgrass event at Fager’s Island on Saturday will have the opportunity to sample craft beer from several regional breweries and snack on Southern-style barbecue, all while listening to bluegrass music provided by two local bands.

In 2011, the inaugural beer and music festival drew approximately 300 people. Last year, about 500 attended.

“This year we’re expecting 500-600 people. We expect to sell out,” said Tom Knorr, owner/

founder of Evolution Craft Brewing Company, one of the breweries on tap to participate Saturday. “It’s grown every year. It’s taken right off. Fager’s does a great job with supporting local breweries and musicians.”

During the third annual Brewgrass event, scheduled from 1-5 p.m. at the 60th Street venue, representatives from Evolution Craft Brewing Company (Salisbury), Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Md.), Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ale (Milton and Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Union Craft Brewery (Baltimore) and Burley Oak Brewery (Berlin) will be on hand to discuss their products and provide samples. Each brewery will have its own desig-

nated area, where attendees can taste the variety of beers it produces. Knorr said each brewery will offer several beers for sampling.

“As a brewery owner, I like the event because there will be representatives from each brewery and we’ll get to hang out, talk shop and drink each other’s beer,” Knorr said. “The people attending will get a chance to talk to brewery representatives, tastes some of their beers and listen to great music.”

Chester River Runoff, an acoustic bluegrass group, and the Saltwater Stringband, with its traditional, modern, original, bluegrass old-time sound, will provide the musical entertainment.

A Southern-style barbecue spread will be offered.

“I think this event sets the pace for the season. It’s a chance for people to get together and hang out before the [busy summer] season kicks in,” Knorr said. “It’s the last kickoff before the season gets into full swing.”

The cost to take part in the beer festival is $37 in advance and $42 at the door.

For more information about the Brewgrass event, call 410-524-5500 or visit www.fagers.com.

Chester River Runoff band

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