HUNTINGTON — The alpha of the academy football division is aloof weeks away.
Luckily, while the teams are out afraid abroad on the fields, you, too, can get your tailgate pre-season training appropriate actuality this weekend.
Lace up the kicks, put on your d face and adapt to booty the acreage as The Better Beer Coalition’s 6th anniversary Rails and Ales is set to tap added than 300 altered ability beers and ciders from about the apple on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Harris Riverfront Park. There is an accepted army of 6,000 bodies adequate either an afternoon or black affair abounding with friends, alive music, locally fabricated aliment and bounded art, crafts and merchandise.
Kickoff starts 11 a.m. for VIP and apex for accepted acceptance for the afternoon session, while the black affair begins at 6 p.m. and is accepted acceptance only. Here’s a afterpiece attending as West Virginia’s better beer anniversary gets accessible to cycle out the barrels, the bands, the brats, and, of course, the misting fans.
GET TICKETS: Beforehand tickets are about gone for the VIP affair ($60) as able-bodied as accepted acceptance ($40) for the black session. Go online at www.railsandales.com/tickets to get beforehand tickets. You can additionally acquirement tickets at the aboideau if they are not awash out. The $20 appointed disciplinarian tickets are alone accessible at the gate.
PARKING: Parking is not acceptable in Harris Riverfront Park. Metered artery parking is chargeless on the weekends and parking is additionally accessible in the parking garages amid at Pullman Square and 8th Artery amid 3rd and 4th avenues. Better yet, booty a cab or Uber home.
WHAT TO BRING/NOT BRING: You can accompany a haversack (it will be searched). You cannot accompany a pet with the barring of ADA accustomed account animals. The anniversary is for adults, 21 and older. Minors will not be permitted. No strollers are permitted.
ALL THE INDIE BREWS: Curated by Jeff McKay, buyer of Summit Beer Station in downtown, the beer account includes added than 300 altered brews with McKay authoritative abiding there’s article for every taste.
“We are not affairs annihilation from AB/Inbev or Miller/Coors this year; it’s all absolute breweries, or at atomic absolute in the eyes of the Brewer’s Association,” McKay said. “I do that actuality (at Summit Beer Station) already, so it fabricated sense.”
“We still are activity to accept 70 to 80 breweries, and there are abundant breweries that are actuality in the accompaniment we can accept from,” said Jay Fox, who organizes the anniversary with his wife, Jess Pressman, McKay and Blaine Crabtree.
For logging all of those altered and generally melancholia brews, Rails and Ales is a absolute area on Untappd (https://untappd.com/). This allows beer aficionados to readily blueprint the brews they are tasting. Rails and Ales additionally has its own app arranged abounding of accessible advice before, during and afterwards the fest.
DRINKING LOCAL: Stand alpine Huntington, for the aboriginal time aback River and Rail Brewery (formerly Beverage Bakers) bankrupt its doors in 1998, The Jewel Burghal has regained its own brewery with The Peddler, 853 3rd Ave., Huntington. Although arch brewer, Jay Fox, is one of the organizers of Rails and Ales, The Peddler, didn’t accomplish it to aftermost year’s fest as it didn’t alpha affairs beer until later. The Peddler is authoritative its admission by bringing over favorites such as the new Siltsucker, the contemporary and appetizing New England actualization bleared IPA forth with new beers like its Summer Saison (Farmhouse Ale) and the aboriginal actualization of its Oktoberfest. Analysis out added about the Third Avenue brewhouse and burger bar and arcade at https://www.facebook.com/The-Peddler-389850314486735/
NEW BREWERIES: Other new West Virginia breweries at the accident will accommodate Weathered Ground, which is amid a the Winterplace Ski Resort in Ghent. Amazingly, Weathered Ground absolutely served brews aftermost year at Rails and Ales admitting accepting aloof opened.
“I anticipate aback they came aftermost year they had been accessible like four days,” McKay said.
Other breweries new to the anniversary include: Sweeer Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia), Lazy Magnolia (Kiln, Mississippi), Shale Brewing Co. (North Canton, Ohio), Voodoo Brewing (Meadville, Pennsylvania), and Wyerbacher (Easton, Pennsylvania).
CIDERS: Aftermost year was the aboriginal year for ciders, a beginning bazaar in West Virginia. Organizers said they accept to acquirement a abstracted authorization to allocate ciders. Previously, Rails and Ales featured West Virginia’s two best accepted cideries, Swilled Dog and Hawk Knob. This year, they are abacus Bold Rock, out of Nellysford, Virginia, and Rekorderlig, out of Sweden.
FOR NON-DRINKERS: If you’re aloof absent to appear to accept to the bands, absorb on some bounded chow and arctic by the river, there’s a $20 Appointed Disciplinarian and/or non-drinker ticket. These are not accessible in beforehand but at the aboideau only.
“What is alarming about that is we accept a brace abundant bands (out of Lexington) and Of The Dell is playing, and our artisan bazaar is accepted the best one we accept anytime had, so there is bags of arcade and absolutely acceptable restaurants,” Pressman said.
THE BANDS: With accession abetment from Huntington-based booking bureau Whizzbang BAM, Booking and Management, the Rails and Ales has reeled in some regionally traveling acts that accept been architecture some buzz.
There are two bands from Lexington, the afire consciousness-expanding rockers, Johnny Conqueroo, the candied body of Joslyn & The Candied Compression as able-bodied as Huntington’s own regionally traveling indie rockers, Of The Dell. Set times for Affair 1 are 12:30 p.m., Joslyn & The Candied Compression; 1:45 p.m., Of the Dell; and 3 p.m. Johnny Conqueroo.
Set times for the black affair are 7 p.m., Johnny Conqueroo; 8 p.m., Of the Dell; and 9 p.m. Joslyn & The Candied Compression.
THE ARTISTS MARKET: Rails and Ales will accommodate a dozen altered arts and crafts as able-bodied as merchendise vendors, in accession to what will be accessible from a cardinal of breweries.
Vendors for Rails and Ales include: Brand Yourself, Farmhouse Repurposed, Abounding Circle Ceramic, JP Owens Arts, Kin Ship Goods, La Fontaine’s Tobacco and Wine Shop, Fabricated New Co., Rails & Ales Merchandise, The Red Caboose, Whimsical Wonders by Kris, Wild & Wonderful Lifestyle Co., and Wild for West Virginia
THE GRUB: Rails and Ales will affection a who’s who of hip restaurants in the region, including Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten, Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar, Fireside Grille, The Peddler, and caterers such as Bon Appetit.
“We absolutely accomplish it an accomplishment to accomplish the offerings diverse,” Pressman said. “Austin’s From the Bazaar is coming, so we accept ice cream.”
Food vendors will be Asian Fusion, Austin’s Ice Cream, Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar, Bahnhof WVrsthaus & Biergarten, Bon Appetit!, Dem Two Brothers & A Grill, Fireside Grille, River and Rail Bakery, Scragglepop Kettle Corn, The Sideline Grille and Southside Sliders.
KEEPING IT COOL: The organizers said they absolutely try to accept to festival-goers to accomplish abiding they accept aggregate to accomplish association accept a abundant time, and be adequate and safe during what can be a hot August festival.
There are assorted bathe stations and chargeless bottled baptize stations amid in anniversary tent. You can additionally stop by the Hydration Station to grab a chargeless canteen of water. Bottled baptize is address of Soccer by Sniatecki. There’s additionally affluence of covering and timberline adumbration and misting fans.
“We accept lots of misting fans. We angled the cardinal of cooling fans. if you are afraid about the heat, we’ve got misting fans, we’ve got algid beer and we’ve got bags of adumbration and a nice breeze,” Fox said.
GIVING BACK/THE VOLUNTEERS: Rails and Ales, which was originally birthed in allotment to advice ammunition Create Huntington’s mini-grants program, has connected to abound its association giveback. Utilizing teams of volunteers, Rails and Ales has been able to agents the fest and accord aback in a big way to the community.
“We are accomplishing our non-profit/volunteer affairs afresh and we are apparently activity to accord over $20,000 afresh to bounded nonprofits; we are appealing aflame and appreciative of that,” Pressman said.
The slots accept abounding up for nonprofits. However, you can analysis with the assorted nonprofits who will be at the fest to see if they charge volunteers.
GET CAN CRAFTED: Timed for absolution during Rails and Ales, Bad Shepherd Beer Aggregation is bent into the Charleston ability beverage history books at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. The burghal Charleston brewery will absolution the aboriginal ability canned beers to anytime appear out of the basic city.
This bound copy can absolution will accommodate Bad Shepherd’s award-winning flagship brew, The Loud IPA, as able-bodied as Cloud Machine, the dank New England bleared IPA. The beers are packaged in pint-sized four packs of aluminum cans. The labels were advised by Huntington-based clear artisan Jimbo Valentine (Amalgam Unlimited).
Craft beer lovers can aces up the bound absolution cans at both Black Sheep Burritos and Beverage locations at Charleston, 702 Quarrier St., Charleston, and at Huntington, 279 9th St., at Pullman Square. Customers are bound to the acquirement of four, four-packs of anniversary style. Cost is $15 additional tax for a four-pack.
MORE DOWNTOWN SUDS: For association advancing to Rails and Ales from out of boondocks who appetite to analysis out some of the fast-growing ability beer arena in downtown, there are affluence of options. They ambit from the side-by-side Peddler (Huntington’s alone brewery) and Backyard Pizza, to the destination restaurant and beer garden, Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Beirgarten. Here, you can acquisition 32 beers on tap (including about a dozen European beers) and a dozen house-made by Bahnhof’s sister operation Bad Shepherd Brewing Company. The brewing aggregation additionally fills nine curtains at Black Sheep Burritos and Beverage at Pullman Station as able-bodied as some at the new Honey Bones, 1555 3rd Ave., Huntington
Other burghal ability beer destinations are Curtains at Heritage Station, and, of course, McKay’s Summit Beer Station, 321 9th St., Huntington. Summit will accept your Rails and Ales Pre-Party at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, with Global Beer Network and Petrus acerb beers. It will be borer kegs of Aged Pale, Aged Red, Rood Bruin, and Acerb Apricot to accomplish your own custom attenuated acerb beer.
For anyone advancing to Huntington, the free, Digital Pour app (http://digitalpour.com/) is accessible as it advance all of the brews actuality served at bristles altered Huntington pubs including the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe.
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