Brewery will bring block party to town Friday

Beer garden, local bands will highlight event that benefits Delaware women's club

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When visitors to a block party in downtown Delaware raise a glass to the guest of honor Friday, they'll be toasting a barrel of beer.

Woody T. Barrel, Deschutes Brewery's beer barrel-shaped trailer, will arrive near City Hall about 9 p.m Friday, Aug. 29. The city will play host to Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery's Base Camp Block Party starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 near City Hall.

During the event, South Sandusky Street will be closed between Spring and William streets.

City spokesman Lee Yoakum said the event's organizers will contract with the city to provide two police officers to oversee the event and the road closure.

Mark Frame, a sales representative at Columbus' Heidelberg Distributing Co., is overseeing the party's organization. He said Portland-based Deschutes first approached him in January about hosting a beer and movie night at the Strand Theatre in downtown Delaware as the brand was entering the state.

Frame said that event was a success, and Deschutes wanted to return to the city with a bigger event as the finale of its promotional Base Camp Week in central Ohio.

Heidelberg Distributing will bring a trailer that expands into a miniature beer garden, and Delaware's Back Stretch Bar will serve as the event's food vendor.

Frame said the organizers will begin setting up for the party around 6 p.m. Local blues-rock band Pett Crow will begin playing at 8 p.m. Frame said the stage will be positioned so the band can be heard from multiple restaurants' patios in the downtown area.

Woody T. Barrel, which opens to display TV screens, lights and a disco ball, will arrive midway through the festivities, fresh from a stop in Upper Arlington. Frame said the trailer, which travels throughout the country, serves as a mascot and attraction for the brewery.

Profits from alcohol sales will go to a local nonprofit group, the Women's City Club of Delaware.

"Since (we) were coming up through Delaware, I thought it would be nice to (benefit) a Delaware foundation," he said.

Frame said the group, which provides affordable housing to low-income women, needs funds for roof and boiler repairs.

"That's really all I needed to hear, because I've lost my heat before," he said.

Other attractions at the event may include cornhole matches and a souvenir photo booth. The event will wrap up by 11 p.m.

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