Canal Winchester is ready to celebrate its love for suds at a new event, Summer Brew Fest, from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the city's historic downtown area.
It's sponsored by Loose Rail Brewing Co. in conjunction with Destination: Canal Winchester.
"It's kind of become an area where you can get great beer and great food," said Josh Hale, who manages Loose Rail at 37 W. Waterloo St. "And those who've lived here a long time know Canal loves its festivals, so we felt like it would work out well."
Loose Rail, which opened May 5, and Destination: Canal Winchester approached the city about the idea to close down the street in front of the brewery for a festival that features food trucks and live music.
The festival will be held on West Waterloo Street from Elm Street to High Street.
Only Loose Rail, whose flagship beers are Hit the Grit India pale ale, Dead Man's Throttle India pale ale, Full Steam saison, Ashcat amber and Coal Burner imperial stout, will be selling craft beer. Trucks will be serving a variety of food, including barbecued ribs and beef brisket.
The entertainment includes Strung Up, a central Ohio bluegrass band, from 3 to 5 p.m.; Columbus' Yellow Paper Planes from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Grammy Award-winning country artists Ray Stephenson and Buddy Owens, who will close the festival.
"People in historic Canal Winchester are always looking for new ways to bring people to downtown Canal and expose them to all we have to offer," Destination: Canal Winchester Executive Director Karen Stiles said. "It's one more event to bring people in town."
Destination: Canal Winchester will cover the costs for electricity, special duty officers and trash removal, while the city is paying employees overtime for the time needed to close the festival area.
"We definitely want a summer festival to continue, and then we're looking at a fall festival as well, like an Octoberfest," Hale said. "It seems like people around here really like that sort of thing."
Loose Rail sprouted from a collaboration with the nearby Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen, whose owners, Nathan and Kelley Doerfler, teamed up with Loose Rail's Jonathan Woodruff and Dennis Smalley.
Nearby BrewDog USA, the U.S. headquarters for the Scotland-based company, is not affiliated with the Summer Brew Fest.