You’ll find plenty of blue ribbon beers at the State Fairgrounds in Fairlea this April—and not one of them made by Pabst.


Coming April 28, the second-annual West Virginia Craft Brew Festival will feature craft breweries from around the state, food trucks, and live music. “It’s probably one of the only places you can get a lot of the West Virginia breweries in one place,” says State Fair CEO Kelly Collins. “It’s a perfect kickoff to summer.”

Last year’s inaugural event drew about 1,500 attendees, who sampled 60 beers from more than a dozen breweries. The 2018 festival will be even bigger, with more West Virginia breweries as well as brewers from Virginia.

All proceeds go to scholarships provided by the State Fair of West Virginia and the Lewisburg Rotary Club. Tickets are available now, including limited-availability VIP passes that include VIP parking and 10 exclusive beers. wvcraftbrewfest.com

written by ZACK HAROLD

photographed by CARLA WITT FORD

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Zack Harold
Written by Zack Harold
Zack Harold is a southern West Virginia native. He covered education, health, and government at the Charleston Daily Mail before becoming the newspaper’s features editor. He joined New South Media in 2015, became managing editor of WV Living in January 2016, and took over as managing editor of Wonderful West Virginia in July 2016.