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Friday October 2, 2015

Beer lovers will have no shortage of choices at the Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival and Concerts on Oct. 10 in uptown Martinsville.

Uptown’s first craft beer festival, Brewster Walk will feature more than 50 different craft beers, as well as six hard ciders, four wines and one hard root beer. It will take place on the 200 block of East Church Street, in front of the Rives Theatre.

General admission ticket holders will receive a commemorative Brewster Walk pint glass and 15 beer vouchers. Each beer voucher can be redeemed for a 3-ounce sample of any beer or cider.

“We’re really excited with the beer offerings at our first annual Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival,” said Johnny Buck, one of the event’s organizers. “Whether you prefer dark beers, light beers, fall seasonals or hard ciders, we’ve got you covered. This is going to be a fantastic event here in uptown Martinsville, and our goal is to donate $7,500 to local charities from this one-day event.”

Brewster Walk will also feature musical performances from The Chris Duarte Group (Texas blues); Wild Ponies (Americana band led by Martinsville natives Doug & Telisha Williams); and Junto (alt-country band led by Martinsville natives Win Webster and Jay Franck).

Parkway Brewing Company will serve as Brewster Walk’s featured beer partner. The Salem-based brewery will bring eight of its craft beers to the festival, while other breweries will typically serve two or four beers apiece.

At Brewster Walk, Parkway will pour: Get Bent Mountain IPA, Bridge Builder Blonde Ale, Ravens Roost Baltic Porter, Majestic Mullet Krispy Kolsch, Seeing Colors Spiced Autumn Ale, Factory Girl Session IPA, Four Damn Fights to a Pint Double IPA and the Grapefruit Get Bent Mountain IPA.

 Other breweries at the festival are: Bell’s Brewery (Amber Ale; Bell’s Two Hearted Ale – Kalamazoo, Mich.,); Bold Rock Hard Cider (Virginia Apple, Virginia Draft, Bold Rock Pear, Bold Rock India Pressed Apple IPA – Nellysford, Va.); Champion Brewing Company (Missle IPA – Charlottesville, Va.); Coney Island Brewing Company (Coney Island Hard Root Beer – Brooklyn, N.Y.); Foothills Brewing Company (Hoppyum IPA; Foothills Oktoberfest; People’s Porter; Torch Pilsner – Winston Salem, N.C.); Great Lakes Brewing Company (Commodore Perry IPA; Oktoberfest – Cleveland, OH); Lagunitas Brewing Company (IPA; Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale – Petaluma, Calif.); Lonerider Brewing Company (Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen; Sweet Josie Brown Ale -  Raleigh, N.C..); New Belgium Brewing Company (Fat Tire Amber Ale; Slow Ride Session IPA; Ranger IPA; Snapshot Wheat Beer – Fort Collins, Colo.); Oskar Blues Brewery (Dale’s Pale Ale; Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Longmont, Colo.); Old Bust Head Brewing Co. (Wildcat IPA; Bust Head English Pale Ale – Warrenton, Va.); Shipyard Brewing Co. (Export Ale; Monkey First IPA; Pumpkinhead Ale; Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Ale – Portland, Me.); Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Hop Hunter IPA; Nooner Pilsner; Oktoberfest; Pale Ale – Chico, Calif.); Starr Hill Brewery (Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter; Jomo Lager; Northern Lights IPA; Whiter Shade of Pale White IPA -  Crozet, Va.); Stone Brewing Co. (Stone IPA; variety of seasonals – San Diego, Calif.); Sunken City (Dam Lager; Red Clay IPA; Surfside Wheat; Sunktoberfest Lager – Hardy, Va.).

The Dreaming Tree, a California vineyard co-owned by musician Dave Matthews, will be the exclusive wine provider at Brewster Walk. Dreaming Tree will bring its cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. These wines will only be available to VIP ticket holders.

General admission (GA) tickets to Brewster Walk cost $25 each. Tickets are available locally at the Daily Grind in uptown, as well as Rising Sun Breads on Brookdale Street.

GA tickets and designated driver tickets ($10 each) are also available online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. VIP tickets to Brewster Walk have sold out and are no longer available.


While you’re at Brewster Walk, be sure to take advantage of our FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE! Thanks to a partnership with RIDE Solutions and the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, we have two free shuttle vans running during the fest. 

The shuttle’s pick up and drop off spots are:

     * BB&T lot beside Brewster Walk

     * Free Bike Rental booth behind Stifel Nicolaus

     * Bottom of Dick & Willie Passage Trail

     * MHC Visitor Center at New College Institute

     * Virginia Museum of Natural History

     * Broad St. Parking Lot near Mtn’ Jax

     * Baymont Inn & Suites Hotel


We’re offering free bicycle rentals today on the Dick & Willie Passage Trail. Thanks to a partnership with the Martinsville Henry County Family YMCA and its Bike Barn, you can check out a free bike and helmet, then coast downhill to the bottom of the Dick & Willie, where our FREE SHUTTLE will bring you back to Brewster Walk! 

Brewster Walk will be produced by Rooster Walk Inc., a 501c3 community nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in Martinsville-Henry County.

The charities supported by Brewster Walk proceeds will be the Penn-Shank Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund for seniors at Martinsville High School, and Rooster Walk’s band instrument donation and repair program for entry-level band programs in the Martinsville and Henry County public school systems.

Rooster Walk Inc. was created in 2015 in memory of two Martinsville natives: Edwin “the Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank. The company’s keynote event, the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, takes place Memorial Day weekend, in late May, at Pop’s Farm in Axton.


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