Montesano Brew Festival on tap

Montesano Brew Festival on tap

Festival Saturday in Monte

For many people, one of the most anticipated times of the year in the Pacific Northwest is the transition of the seasons from summer to fall.

From hot, humid summer days on the Washington Coast to crisp fall nights, travelers and locals alike often rave about the color-changing trees and special fall-themed activities. In an East County town, a celebration lets people ring in the start of the fall season: the Monte Brew Festival.

Often held on the first weekend following the transition from summer to fall, the Monte Brew Festival, hosted by the Montesano Chamber of Commerce, is a local tradition for Montesano residents. Dating back to the early 2010s, the Monte Brew Festival brings businesses and breweries together to host a community get-together to kick off the fall season in a relaxed format filled with adult games, music, food and drink .

Jason Atwood, who works for the Montesano Chamber of Commerce and is the lead event planner for the Monte Brew Festival, said a lot of work was needed to plan the 2022 Monte Brew Festival. But, he added , it’s a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy the change of seasons.

“The Monte Brew Festival is just a fun and lighthearted opportunity for residents of Montesano and the rest of Grays Harbor to come out and support local businesses and enjoy some of the popular brews that populate the entire harbor,” said Atwood. .

As for participating breweries that people can enjoy, Willapa Brewing Company, Hoquiam Brewing Company Inc., Mount Olympus Brewing Company, and Wild Man Brewing Company have signed up for this year’s beer festival. Live music will play throughout the event, featuring Justin Kautzman, Daniel Walker and The Six.

Atwood, who has hosted the Monte Brew Fest for the past four years, said this year’s event will be held on 1st Street and Marcy Street and all brewers will be stationed inside Whitney’s Detail Shop. . He also said that one of the most popular events at the Monte Brew Festival will be the Cornhole Tournament taking place in Fleet Park.

“The cornhole tournament that we organize every year is one of the expected events that gets the community excited. We have about 20-25 teams of two that will be competing in bracket style competition until there is a winning team in the championship round,” Atwood said with a laugh.

“The winning team receives a cash prize in an amount which we have not yet decided but which will be attractive.”

According to Atwood, last year’s amount was around $500. He said he hopes this year’s award will be the same, if not greater. Registration and practice time to participate in the two-team cornhole tournament will begin at 1 p.m. and will cost $20.

Asked about festival attendance, Atwood says it’s normal to see hundreds, if not nearly a thousand people attending the event.

He pointed out that last year’s event was smaller than normal given that there was still a lot of uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions that came with public gatherings. Atwood said that this year seems to be the most normal since the start of the pandemic, he is delighted to see the attention the Monte Brew Festival is receiving.

One of the enthusiastic participants of the festival is none other than Vini Samuel, the mayor of Montesano. She said that this festival is one of the biggest attractions in the city in the fall.

“Apart from the Festival of Lights, the Monte Brew Festival is one of the flagship events of our historic city. I’m thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to spending time with the people we share this beautiful community with,” said Samuel.

While preparations are still underway, corporate sponsors, such as Premier Reality and Whitney’s Detail Shop, are stepping up to help set up the festival.

“The businesses in Montesano and Grays Harbor County are extremely important in helping us bring the Monte Brew Festival to life. Last year we had live music at Pub Monte,” Atwood said. “I know Mount Olympus Brewery are going to be big contributors, we just have to work out the rest of the details.”

For those interested in attending the Monte Brew Festival, pre-sale tickets are available now for $20 and day tickets will be $25. The first 200 tickets sold will include a souvenir cup and all guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. The Monte Brew Festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m. at Whitney’s Auto Detail in Montesano.

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