On Saturday, June 15, the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain was invaded by beer, music, mustache rides, and did I mention beer? The inaugural Steamtown Beer and Music Festival came and went, leaving behind it a slew of satisfied customers who were able to imbibe a whole heap of the best beers that America has to offer and, at the same time, enjoy the sounds of the headlining bands The Menzingers and Fuel.
Large American craft beer giants such as Dogfish Head, Stone, Sam Adams, and Sierra Nevada were represented, along with fan favorites, such as 21st Amendment, Ommegang, and Chimay. Local breweries also showed their strength in numbers by the likes of 3 Guys and a Beer'd, Susquehanna Brewing Company, Nimble Hill, and Endless Brewing, not to leave out the countless other breweries represented.
When I first arrived, I thought I had better formulate some plan of attack to ensure that nothing would be missed, but after my first few strategic attacks, hitting up Weyerbacher (try their Merry Monks), Ommegang (Adoration is one of my favorites from them), and Stone (Come on, are you serious? Double Bastard on tap – yes, please!), I quickly threw the plan out the window and just tried everything in sight. I wandered around from booth to booth for a bit until The Menzingers hit the stage. I don't know what it is, but great bands seem to sound even better after a few good beers.
However, if walking around and drinking great beer while enjoying great music wasn't enough for you, the festival also featured plenty of areas to play Frisbee, eat food, take in some cooking classes, or even partake in some wonderful mustache rides, because everyone who comes to a festival dreams of being able to take a mustache ride, of course!
The festival also awarded a People's Choice Award, which was voted on by attendees who selected their favorite brewery from the over 50 present attended the festival. This year, after all the votes were tallied, the award was given to our very own 3 Guys and a Beer'd!
One of the highlights of the fest for me was the discovery of a local brewery that was previously unknown to me that is making some extremely tasty beer – Endless Brewing from Montrose. I had the chance to talk beer with the owners and taste their Painter Hill Porter and Jack's Mountain Hop Imperial IPA, both of which I highly recommend!
The festival truly had everything someone could want from an outdoor festival: perfect weather, good music, great beer, and a great crowd. This combination made it an absolute dream, and I for one am really looking forward to next year's beer festival. Let's hope we can get even more beers there, because if there is one thing this festival taught me, it's that you cannot have enough good beer contained in one area.