20 July 2016
UPDATE 31 Aug 2016:
From Brewers of PA:
Tannersville, PA (July 20, 2016) – Craft beer brewers, beer connoisseurs and beginners will unite September 10 and 11, 2016 to mingle, dine, and sample upwards of 250 diverse craft beers at the inaugural BrewPA Craft Brewers Festival held at Camelback Resort in the Pocono Mountains. After five years of dutiful planning and coordination, the Brewers of Pennsylvania and Camelback Resort will launch what is poised to be one of the grandest craft brew festivals in the State of Pennsylvania.
Celebrating Pa. brewers, the event will be a far cry from your typical beer festival. BrewPA will run an entire weekend and feature a unique community of 80 Pennsylvania-based brewers, who will personally discuss and pour samples of their finest crafts - from Pale Ales, Weissbiers, Stouts and Porters to Scotch Ales, Belgians, fruit beers, Barley wines and many more.
“Pennsylvania is quickly becoming the Bavaria of the U.S., with the state ranking number one in barrels of craft beer produced, number 2 in economic impact, & number eight in the amount of craft breweries,” said Dan LaBert, executive director of Brewers of Pennsylvania. “With craft beer continuing to grow in popularity & new breweries emerging daily, we are really excited to be launching what is undoubtedly going to be a unique and special festival.”
In addition to the beer tasting, festival-goers can choose from an array of entertainment and events to enhance their experience. AFriday evening Welcome Party will kick things off followed by a weekend of fun and engaging activities such as a VIP tasting and food pairing session, beer and waffle breakfasts, a “Meet the Brewers” dinner and live entertainment.
The activities climax on Saturday evening with an exclusive 21 years and over, After Dark Waterpark Party in Camelback Lodge’s Aquatopia, the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, complete with craft tap takeovers. Brewers and festival attendees will spend the night riding 13 adrenaline-inducing waterslides, relaxing in Mystic Hot Springs, and sampling more craft beer at Flyboys, a swim-up bar, all in a tropical 84-degree setting.
BrewPA tickets can be purchased as a one- or two-day experience. Event add-on options include special lodging packages with indoor waterpark access, designated driver tickets and a VIP Experience with early admission to the entire festival and food pairing.
For more information about the event, tickets and lodging packages, go to www.brewpa.com.
BrewPA will also lay claim to a new annual beer competition, exclusive to Pennsylvania craft brewers. Brewers can enter their most prized beers to a panel of judges, who will determine the gold, silver and bronze medals that best represent each beer-style category and brewing excellence.
One BrewPA brewer will be the recipient of the first annual Frederick Lauer Cup award, exemplifying Best in Show as selected by BrewPA attendees. Frederick Lauer was a 19th-century brewing pioneer who settled in Reading, Pa., and was the first president of the United States Brewers Association.
“We can’t wait to host one of the best craft beer festivals in the country that truly celebrates the PA brewers, in partnership with the Brewers of Pa.,” said Brian Czarnecki, vice president of sales & marketing at Camelback Resort. “If you are a beer enthusiast, a novice or even just a fan of great beer, this is the weekend for you in the Pocono Mountains.”
BrewPA 2016 is sponsored in part by Yuengling, America’s oldest operating brewery, established in 1829, and headquartered in Pottsville, Pa.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
5:00PM -Welcome party, craft specials & brewery tours at Barley Creek Brewing Company
Saturday, Sept. 10
9:00AM - 11:30AM - Iconic Beers & Waffles breakfast at Trails End Pub & Grille, slope side at Camelback Lodge
12:00PM - 1:00PM - VIP private tasting, food pairing and VIP glass
1:00PM - 5:00PM - BrewPA General Session
2:30 PM - BrewPA competition award presentation
5:00PM – 8:00PM - After party at the slope side Trails End Pub & Grille with craft tap takeovers
6:00PM - 7:00PM - Meet the Brewers Dinner & Craft Beer Pairing at Camelback Lodge
9:00PM - Midnight - Aquatopia After Dark Party at the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast
Sunday, Sept. 11
9:00AM - 11:30AM - Beers & Waffles breakfast at Trails End Pub & Grille
1:00PM - 4:00PM - BrewPA General Session
4:00PM – 7:00PM - After party at Trails End Pub & Grille at Camelback Lodge with tap takeovers