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Deer Park Pub’s 7th Annual Craft Beer Fest

The Deer Park Irish Pub will be hosting its seventh annual Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, October 1st, 1 to 5 p.m. The festival has been organized to provide a forum for nationally-known craft brewers to celebrate their art and tradition with local beer enthusiasts, says Deer Park Pub owner Tony Henry. “We’ll be building on the success of our first six craft beer festivals,” Henry says. “Only at our annual craft beer festival will Fort Wayne have so many of the country’s finest craft beers tapped in one place, at one time,” Henry says. “Craft beer connoisseurs will enjoy four hours of beer tasting from a selection of more than 50 craft and home brews… they’ll think they have died and gone to beer heaven.”

Among the dozens of well-known (if not aptly named) micro-brews on tap will be “Arrogant Bastard,” “Bell’s and Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest,” “Green Flash,” and “Okto Festival Ale,” Henry says. The microbreweries represented include Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, MI.; Bloomington, Indiana’s Upland Brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewery of Chico, California, Widmer Brothers of Portland, OR and many more. This year, it appears, many Home Brewers are coming out of their garages to bring their hand craft beers.

There will also be fresh burgers, German brats and signature Bush’s® baked beans available for purchase.

In addition, Riegel’s Pipe & Tobacco will be hosting a cigar table featuring fine, imported cigars.

“After all,” Henry quips, “what better way to complement a fine craft beer than with a good imported cigar?”

Admission to the event is $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Those in attendance must be 21 and over, but pets are welcome to accompany their owners. Henry said proceeds from the festival will go to the Miss. Virginia Food Pantry. The pantry provides food for the working poor and unemployed.

Music will be provided by “Swimming into View.”

Tickets are available at the Deer Park Irish Pub, all Fort Wayne area Belmont Beverages locations or online at For more information, contact Tony Henry, Deer Park Irish Pub, at (260) 437-8254.