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Millvale BrewFest to Feature Unique Local Breweries

Jul 01, 2014 01:04PM ● By Shelly Tower Rushe
Are you a Very Important Beer Drinker (or VIBD)? You could be if you attend the Borough of Millvale and the Millvale Borough Development Corporation’s Eighth Annual Brew Festival on Saturday, August 9, at Millvale Riverfront Park.

Over 180 craft, micro, nano and specialty brews from around the country will be featured at the festival. While there will undoubtedly be some new-to-you breweries, local breweries will also be represented, including Church Brew Works, Four Seasons, Duquesne, OFB, East End, Arsenal Cider, Draai Laag, Grist House and Roundabout. Live music will be provided by DJ Dean Baker.

Ed Figas, director of administrative services for the Borough of Millvale, stresses that, as in years past, this event is all about the beer. “The Millvale BrewFest is special for a number of reasons,” he explained. “Our desire to keep the fest simple and about beer only sets us apart from other larger beer tastings. The brewers who attend are great, and we tend to feature unique breweries, many smaller in size.”

Figas believes that the location is a key component to the festival’s success as well. “Our location sets us apart from most local tastings because we are outdoors along the river on the bike trail—it’s relaxing and beautiful, all with great beer,” he explained. The location also plays a role in how attendees arrive—those who bike or kayak to the festival receive a free poster. Food options include Flame BBQ and plenty of vegetarian and vegan offerings.

The BrewFest will feature two sessions: 1-4 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $50 at the event (if they last) and include beer, music, food, a bottomless souvenir logo tasting glass, an event pin, a tasting score sheet and special brew releases. This year, the fest will also feature a Very Important Beer Drinker pass for $60 (advance sales only), which includes everything in the regular admission package plus a t-shirt, VIBD-only beer tastings and food samples. Designated drivers can purchase a food and water or soda ticket for $20.

All money raised will help the nonprofit Millvale Borough Development Corporation stabilize, revitalize and rejuvenate Millvale neighborhoods through the development of housing and businesses. Tickets (which are expected to sell out) are available online now at