PIQUA — “Dr. Beer” — aka local physician Jim Burkhardt — is at it again, with the fourth annual Down a River, Down a Beer festival, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 12, at Lock 9, offering 99 beers, river events, live music emceed by WPTW’s Joe Laber, food and more.
The festival will begin with river events from 3-7 p.m. Corporate Challenge races will be 6-7 p.m., with the victors winning the coveted Broken Paddle and the honor of lighting the river fire rings, designed by French Oil Mill Machinery Co., at 8 p.m.
Beer will flow from 6-10 p.m., with sudsy selections from Yellow Springs, Hairless Hare, Toxic, Moeller Brew Barn, TailSpin Brewing Co., Dayton Beer Co., and MadTree Brewing. In addition, the Trotwood Trailer will set up camp at the top of the levy with brews from Warped Wing Brewing Co. There also will be a wine table.
Burkhardt, the event’s organizer, encourages sampling because you might find a new beer or style that you like.
“I really do think the main attraction is the beer-tasting,” Burkhardt said in a past interview. “The side benefit is getting people down to Lock 9 … this gets people down to look at the potential recreational, economic, and environmental aspects of the river. And the setting is beautiful!”
A silent auction table will feature a variety of interesting beer swag.
Burkhardt and his wife, Cheryl, were inspired to create Down a River, Down a Beer after visiting beer festivals in other cities and deciding that Piqua needed a similar event.
“Having gone to larger ones like (Dayton’s) AleFest, we thought we could do one here and have the proceeds go to some sort of project,” he said.
As in the past, Edison State Community College River Stewardship program and Protect Our Water-Ways (POWW) are the beneficiaries of the event.
Tickets for Down a River, Down a Beer are $30 pre-sale, which includes a tasting glass with 20 tasting tickets. At-the-gate price is $35. Designated drivers will be admitted for a mere $5. ID is required for entry.
Tickets can be purchased at Readmore’s Hallmark, Piqua Beverage Center, and on the Mainstreet Piqua website at www.mainstreetpiqua.com.
Additional ticket sellers are The Cellar in Troy, The Growler Station in Sidney, and Miami Valley Wine and Spirits in Tipp City.
For more details, “like” the Down the River, Down a Beer Facebook page.
Belinda M. Paschal contributed to this story. She can be reached at bpaschal@aimmediamidwest or (937) 451-3341