Summer Brew and Wine Fest (story below)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wine and Beer Fest Logo 2016 Hosted by Beverly Heritage Center
and Beverly Bistro

Sat., August 20th
4pm – 9pm
Gates Open at 3:30pm
$15 per person

Takes place in Historic Beverly behind the Beverly Heritage Center

Ticket includes entertainment, wine & beer tasting, free wine OR beer glass to keep and free admission to the Heritage Center.

Come support the Beverly Heritage Center while enjoying a mellow summer evening with your friends...

Entertainment Lineup

4-5pm    Michael Bonnett & River's Edge

5:30-7pm    Jason Hall

7:30-9pm Tommy Oldaker

Summer Wine & Brew Fest will benefit Beverly’s Jail Restoration
By Cindy Karelis, Beverly ON TRAC VISTA


Beverly – When Benjamin Hornbeck approached the Randolph County Court in 1788 seeking a one-day retail liquor license, he had little way of knowing the precedent-setting nature of his actions.

He was “admitted to retail liquor for the term of the present day,” when his wishes – as well as those of the Court – were that he be able to dispense libations to those in attendance on the first day only of Court proceedings in Beverly.

“In the earlier years of the county and even up to the decade after the Civil War,” wrote Dr. A. S. Bosworth in A History of Randolph County in West Virginia: From its Earliest Exploration and Settlement to the Present Time, “the first day of court was largely in the nature of a social gathering.”

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Secluded individuals celebrated the opportunity to ease the monotony and isolation of pioneer life by congregating in Beverly with others similarly situated. “Under these circumstances, the wine not infrequently flowed with a spirit of good feeling and comradeship,” Bosworth noted.

The fourth annual Summer Brew & Wine Fest in Beverly scheduled for Saturday, August 20, will once again invoke the sentiments of those like Hornbeck and the early Randolph County Court by offering to the public a chance to couple the enjoyable art of mingling with adult beverages such as wine and craft brews.

Hosted jointly by the Beverly Heritage Center and the Beverly Bistro, this musical event held behind the 1841 Jail across from the Center will showcase live entertainment from 4:00pm-9:00pm. Bands featured include Michael Bonnett & River’s Edge, Jason Hall, and Tommy Oldaker.

Maderia and other wines may not sell today for “25 cents per half pint” like it did in Randolph County taverns in the late 1700s, as cited by Bosworth, but featured wine and beer will be available for sale during the event.

The Appalachian Brew Club from Elkins will also be in attendance displaying methods utilized in producing homebrew and offering advice and free samples. A silent auction featuring antiques, collectibles, and handcrafted items will also be on-going during the event.
Originally billed four years ago as the Rhythm & Wine Festival, the event’s name change reflects a broader participation by the Beverly Heritage Center in the growing popularity of breweries to the tourist and local populace.

“When Rhythm & Wine was started, it was as a fundraiser to help restore our historic buildings,” said Beverly Heritage Center Director, Darryl DeGripp. “Our next endeavor will be restoration efforts on the Jail on the property where the brew fest will take place,” he added.

With many of Historic Beverly Preservation’s historic properties situated so near to the actual site of Hornbeck’s long-ago dealings with the Randolph County Court session in the winter of 1788, DeGripp feels it is only fitting to continue the tradition of celebrating our heritage by showcasing our local talent and trades through events such as the brew fest.

“We are trying to be progressive and keep up with the desires of the public,” DeGripp stated about the expanded offerings of this year’s festival. “With the continued goal of historic preservation, we invite the public to come to Beverly and support our fundraising efforts,” he said about the open-air event that transpires during West Virginia Craft Beer Week.

Gates will open at 3:30pm, and the $15 cost includes entertainment, wine and beer tasting, a free wine or beer glass, and admission to the Heritage Center. For more information, call the Center at 304-637-7424.

PO Box 227 / 4 Court Street  -  Beverly, WV 26253
304-637-7424  -