Jefferson County’s first ever beer and music festival will feature 4 regional touring bands as well as 20 brewers with over 40 different beers to sample.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Charles Town will host Jefferson County’s first ever beer and music festival. The festival will be hosted on the grounds of Happy Retreat, the historic home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and the town’s founder. Happy Retreat was recently announced as West Virginia’s first National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The event will run from 11 AM to 6 PM and feature 4 regional touring bands, The Hillbilly Gypsies, The Woodshedders, Dale and The ZDubs and The Woo Yeahs. In addition to the great music, the festival will feature 20 regional and national brewers who will have over 40 different varieties of craft beer to sample throughout the day. The event will also feature local food vendors and will offer tours of the historic house. Tickets are available online for $20, which includes a commemorative beer sampling glass and 3 beer sample tickets. Additional sample tickets can be purchased at the event. Non‐drinking tickets are $15, which will allow visitors to enjoy the music and food.
All proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Happy Retreat which is a 501(c)3 non‐profit whose mission is to restore historic Happy Retreat to serve as a vibrant center of cultural life and community gatherings. “This is a great location for a beer festival; we are within a one hour drive from most of the DC and Baltimore metro areas which have witnessed a huge increase in craft breweries over the past 5 years” said Josh Vance, owner of Front Porch Brewing Co who is helping to coordinate the event. “An event like this is long overdue for this part of the state and we think that it will have a little bit of something for everybody.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at https://www.missiontix.com/events/product/34488/happy‐retreat‐craft‐beer‐and‐music‐festival and full information on the event can be found at the Happy Retreat Facebook page or at www.happyretreat.org.
Happy Retreat is the historic home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Friends of Happy Retreat is a 501(c)3 non‐profit dedicated to restoring and preserving the property of Happy Retreat