Now, it is finally here. The Brew Skies Festival started on Friday afternoon in Canaan Valley and offered fun for all ages.
"We have an entire 20x20 tent that is dedicated to kids activities. They've made their own guitars, their own instruments, they've done all kinds of crafts and games in there," said Jessica Wamsley, Brew Skies Festival assistant director. "We have a man that does festival bubbles, some of them are larger than a car. The little kids love it, the grandparents love it, and everyone in between."
This family friendly atmosphere is carried over into most of the breweries as well.
"Our brewery, our product, is the atmosphere. We have three locations, two brew pubs, every one of them is an atmosphere where there are grandparents, parents, teenagers, children and babies. All together in one atmosphere," said Brian Arnett, Mountain State Brewery owner. "Where does that happen? That is an important thing to have happen somewhere."
Eight local breweries were in attendance: Mountain State Brewing Company, who sponsored the festival; Morgantown Brewing Company; Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company; Blackwater Brewing Company; Lost River Brewing Company; Chestnut Brew Works; Big Timber Brewing Company; Brewstel Microbrewery and Hostel; and Wheeling Brewing Company.
There were more than 35 different craft beers being served.
"A lot of them have seasonals that they've brought. Some of them have local ingredients," Arnett said "From Morgantown Brewing, I saw a rhubarb summer ale. I've never seen that before, that's cool!"
Even though beer seems like the main event, there were also local bands performing and local vendors and restaurants that came out to promote their business.
McVicker's Kickers, El Gran Sabor, White Grass Cafe, and Baked Goods were some of the food vendors in attendance.
"I think it's really important to support anything local regardless of where you are," said Wamsley. "We have artisans from all over the county and region who put all of their love and effort into what they do an bring it here."
For more information on the breweries, bands, vendors, and the festival itself. You can visit their website, www.mountainstatebrewing.com