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Expo Once Again Brewing Up a Happy Valley Tradition

by on August 10, 2012 6:00 AM

If you're a fan of beer, well, it's that time of year again.

The 14th annual State College Brew Expo will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at Tussey Mountain. Once again, proceeds from the event will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.

“It's a great way to help a great cause,” said event coordinator Mike Martin. “The response has been great. We're already sold out of VIP tickets. It's gone really well.”

Martin and his wife, Malissa, took over the event three years ago.

In previous years, the Expo was held at the Penn Stater Conference Center. According to Martin, he wanted to find an outdoor venue to host the event.

“It's August and people want to be outside. We moved it last year and it was a big hit. I think we've found a new home there. I think we'll be at Tussey for many years to come,” he said.

The Expo will feature brewers from around the area and various states. Some of the confirmed brewers are: Angry Orchard, Atwater, Avery, Boaks, Brooklyn, Boulder, Duquesne, Elk Creek Cafe, Founders, Gamble Mill, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Kona, Lancaster, Lavery, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Marzoni's, North Coast Brewing, Old Forge, Otto's, Penn, Samuel Adams, Sly Fox, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Spring House, Straub, Strongbow, Troeg's, Woodchuck, York Holo and Yuengling.

In addition to the many brewers, there will be a BMX Demo beginning at 4 p.m. The demo will feature X Games gold medalists Chad Kagy and Steve McCann.

“We're lucky to have Woodward right in our backyard,” Martin said.

The BMX demo will run until 5, when the Expo officially begins.

National touring singer/songwriter Ernie Halter will perform, as will local favorite Royal Benson.

“It really will be a great time. It's an opportunity to try some new brews all while helping a great cause in Coaches vs. Cancer,” Martin said.

There will be a couple of educational seminars as well. Representatives from Straub Brewery in St. Marys will be there to talk about being one of the nation's longest-running breweries. Representatives from Elk Creek Cafe will also be giving a seminar about brewing beer.

Ken Hull, author of the book “Going Local” will act as host for the sessions. There will also be a question and answer portion of the seminars for those interested in microbrewing.

Martin said that he expects attendance to be right around 1,500.

“We're on track for that,” he said.

Tickets are $40. Those attending the show must be 21 years of age or older to enter.

The Expo will end at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.statecollegebrewexpo.com.



Chris Morelli is the managing editor of The Centre County Gazette.
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