County hosts first craft beer festival
HURRICANE — Well over 600 people attended Putnam County’s first craft beer festival hosted by the Sleepy Hollow Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 3.
True fall weather with crisp air and brilliant sunshine accompanied the event as the guests enjoyed their time with friends and family. Over 75 varieties of craft beer from 25 West Virginia breweries were offered for sampling in the outdoor setting on the golf club’s property.
The event was of smaller scale compared to other popular beer festivals, like Rails and Ales in Huntington, but a lot of guests, who were mostly Putnam County residents, noted this as a plus, saying that it had a “private feel to it.” They also agreed that the beer festival was a great addition to the county’s list of things to do.
All throughout the event the guests were entertained by live performances from the bands like M.F.B. (Huntington), Smothered in Covers and High Country Revival (Charleston). Food vendors like Mountain Que, Bridge Road Bistro and Island Teriyaki offered delicious food options to compliment the beer.
There was a 50/50 raffle presented by the United Way with a winning cash amount of over $500. The United Way also supplied many volunteers to help run the event. The P.A.C.E. (Putnam Area Community Enrichment) Foundation generously provided shuttle service for the guests to commute to and from parking lots, in return for a small donation. The Foundation works to support programs for Putnam County art education and an arts program for children served by NECCO, and is scheduled to host its own Speakeasy 2018 fundraising event on Nov. 10 (contact Putnam CVB for more information).
The event was partially sponsored by Barnes Agency, WOWK13, The Herald-Dispatch (owner and operator of The Putnam Herald) and Charleston Gazette-Mail, as well as 106.3 The Brew.
“We are very happy with the turnout,” said Sleepy Hollow’s Marketing Director Ashley Stinnett.
Based on the success of the inaugural event, it is expected that the Putnam County Craft Beer Festival will become an annual tradition.