Planning the Brew Fest

Planning the Brew Fest invoices several people including, clockwise left, from center: Terry Metz — Chair of Trails Coalition, Colleen Nelson, Tim Patterson, Paul Stevens, Becky Hill, Tyler Norenberg, Mary Norenberg, Jessica Stern, Steve Johnson, Scott Lindahl, Tracy Libersky, Deb Kravik- Co-chair of Valley Brew Fest, Shirley Johnson-Co-chair of Valley Brew Fest. Not pictured: Suzie Kadlec and Andrew Stern. 

The Osceola Rivertown Trails Coalition is among those excited to see the return of the Valley Brew Fest Oct. 16.

The event is the primary fundraiser for the volunteer group that designs, develops, and maintains a trail network in the area. 

“The Osceola Rivertown Trails Coalition has many new trail projects planned in the upcoming year to expand our network of hiking and biking trails,” said Terry Metz, Chair of the Coalition. “New volunteers are always welcome to help create wonderful outdoor trail experiences. Proceeds raised from the Valley Brew Fest help pay for trail construction tools, promotional  materials, maps and signage.”

Cascade Falls and Eagle Bluff trails were featured in a September segment by Forbes Travel magazine. The beer garden is located adjacent to these trails and Valley Brew Fest attendees are encouraged to check them out while in Osceola. 

Deb Kravik, co-chair of the event says, “The community has been through a lot this past year and we hope to see many come out for the event, to have some fun and support these small businesses as well as the trails.”

This is the sixth year for Brew Fest, which took last year off, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was slated to skip another year but when lots of feedback came in that the community wanted this event to happen in 2021, the volunteer event planning group listened and quickly got to work organizing. 

Paul Stevens, the volunteer brewery recruiter says, “it’s been a particularly challenging year because like every other business, the breweries have been hit hard with the economic upheaval and are short staffed. But we are a persistent bunch and with some creativity, the event is coming together.” 

The breweries are coming to Osceola from both well-known breweries and several newer and fresh breweries from the region. The event will feature over 70 craft beers for tasting Oct. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. Live music will be provided from Rhythm & Groove, with some local musicians playing a great mix of soul, rock, 

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rhythm and blues music.

There will be food trucks, games and a 50/50 raffle. The beer garden location is the same as previous years in the parking lot on Second Avenue riverside behind the Osceola post office.

Featured brewers include: Agonic Brewing – Rice Lake, WI; Bent Brewstillery – Roseville, MN; Bobtown Brewhouse – Roberts, WI; Brickfield Brewing – Grantsburg, WI; Fish Dream Brewing – Brooklyn Park, MN; Hop & Barrel Brewing – Hudson, WI; Lift Bridge Brewing – Stillwater, MN / New Richmond, WI; MoonRidge Brewing – Cornell, WI; Oliphant Brewing – Somerset, WI; Swinging Bridge Brewing – River Falls, WI; Trap Rock Brewing – St. Croix Falls, WI; Zymurgy Brewing – Menomonie, WI and South Shore Brewery — Ashland, WI

Advance tickets can be purchase online at www.valleybrewfest.net, or at PY’s Saloon & Grill in Osceola.

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