10 May 2008
I've had a few readers asking about the first annual Grotto Beerfest. I just returned from the event and here are the details. It seemed to be hosted by at least three local distributors. Since most weren't really advertising inside the event, I'm basing the list on my parking lot distributor-van observations. My apologies if I miss anyone. It seems to have been United Beverage, L.T. Verastro and Northeast Beverage. As far as beers they had about 13, which included Leinenkugel's (Sunset Wheat, Berry Weiss & Shandy), Peroni Lager, Landshark Lager, Shocktop Belgian Wit, Bud Light Lime, Michelob Amber Bock, Ithaca Apricot Wheat, Blue Moon, Franziskaner, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Magic Hat #9, and Sam Adams Seasonal. It was small for sure but the crowd seemed to love it. My understanding was the weather prevented it from being outside, which I think would have helped. Everyone attending received tickets for about 15 free beers, and the admission was free. Rock 107 also broadcast live earlier in the evening. All in all a nice start to an event that I hope to see repeated next year...perhaps in warmer weather and perhaps with more beers. Thanks to everyone involved.