Lake sets sights on first brewfest

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

Craft breweries from around Virginia will be joined by others from along the East Coast in the first Lake Anna Brewfest to be held on Saturday, May 17 from 11 to 5 p.m. at the Cutalong development.

Sponsored by Travel Lake Anna, a non-profit organization formed by Chris Denkers and Greg Isaac, the event will showcase the rapidly growing craft beer industry with nearly 40 breweries expected to participate.

“The craft beer industry is a booming business, with over 60 located in Virginia alone,” Denkers said.

Isaac added that the Brewfest is another event designed to introduce people to the Lake Anna region to see what the area has to offer.

“Beer festivals are popular around the state in the fall, so we thought we would try and kick off the season with one in the spring, and holding it just before Memorial Day brings visitors to the lake a weekend earlier,” Isaac said.  “And, it’s not so busy in terms of other similar events.”

In addition to craft beers, there will also be two hard cider breweries – Bold Rock and Crispin – as well as Lake Anna Winery for those who prefer other spirits.

Denkers has been dabbling in craft beer making for several years at home and currently has plans to open a brewery in the Lake Anna area in the near future.

“We are currently in the design phase and hope to have a craft brewery located here in a couple of years,” he said.

Food will be available throughout the day, including offerings from Tim’s at Lake Anna and Fuzzy’s Lakeside Market as well as Buffalo Wild Wings, Wise Guys Burgers and More, Big Kahuna Kettle Corn and Gregory’s Grill.

To read the entire story, see the May 8 edition of The Central Virginian.

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