BeerFest '13 Hosted by BIL and Hailey's

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"Bring your friends." That's the tagline for this year's first-ever BeerFest '13, a local craft brew festival being held at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen on October 19, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Hosted by the Borough Improvement League (BIL) in partnership with Hailey's Harp and Pub general manager, Moshe Atzbi, BeerFest '13 unites seasonal brew flavors and local cuisine with a communitywide party. It will also feature exhibits from local artists, an indoor/outdoor stage for professional music acts, food for sale from Metuchen eateries, and beer from local craft brewers. Event guests will receive an official BeerFest '13 5-ounce mug to taste unlimited samples of over 20 different beers.

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"This is a great way to show support for the borough," Tyreen Reuter, the BIL president, said. "The more people come out to this event, the better chance we have of throwing a BeerFest in 2014 on a much larger scale. It has the possibility to be a great revenue generator for the borough--but, most importantly, it's a really fun way to unite our community."

BeerFest '13 lineup includes Seapost featuring Renee Maskin, the Ben Davis band, DJ Erik, and the Roadside Graves' Jeremy Benson and Co. Event guests can hear musical acts and sample craft beers outside on the lawn or inside the Schoolhouse's main hall.

Food vendors from Breeze's Caribbean, La Rosa, and more will participate in the event, offering menu favorites between $4 and $7.

This event is expected to sell out quickly; tickets for BeerFest '13 are sold exclusively at Hailey's Harp & Pub and Marafiki Fair Trade for $25. Tickets purchased at the door are $30.

"We've broached the subject of a massive beer festival on one of the borough's large parking lots to the Council," Atzbi said. "BeerFest '13 is going to serve as a litmus test of what we can accomplish for BeerFest '14. We're evaluating the popularity of certain beers, food and entertainment logistics, and--of course--general interest in the event itself."

While many BIL events are family-friendly, BeerFest '13 is only open to guests 21 years of age and over. Please drink responsibly. 

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