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Craftier Than Ever: Culpeper’s Fourth Annual 'Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest' Craft Beer Festival April 30, 2016

Gnarly Hops is a rain or shine event.

Culpeper, VA. Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to serve up its fourth annual beer festival this April. Over the past several months, the team has been planning the best Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest yet. Ticket holders can look forward to several new breweries on tap and a wide selection of mouth-watering local food. Located again in the historic Downtown Culpeper area, this craft beer festival is sure to live up to its “gnarly” name.

Taking place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from Noon – 5:00 PM in the Spencer Street Parking Lot, the Gnarly Hops brewfest is back with live music and over 70 different beer selections. Sample Virginia and nationally brewed beers, including area favorites like Devil's Backbone, Old Bust Head, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Pale Fire, Blue Mountain, Hardywood Park, and Beer Hound. A crowd favorite, Crabbie’s, also returns serving its refreshing ginger beer in a variety of flavors. A few well-known out-of-towners will be on draft, like Goose Island, O’Connor, DC Brau, and Sweetwater. CRI guarantees there will be plenty of craft beer and cider to suit anyone’s taste!

Kelsey Carlson, CRI board member, is thrilled to be the returning Chairman of Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, “This year we’re excited to offer you even more craft brews, great local food and some rockin' live music. Our committee has been working hard to guarantee we’ll bring you an afternoon in Culpeper you won't want to miss!”

Culpeper, a Great American Main Street Award winner, also boasts delicious local eats that will be on hand to accompany the cold brews. Food provided by Croftburn Market, Crabdaddy’s, Piedmont Steakhouse, Uncle Elder’s BBQ, Do the Jerky, and many more. Live music by Matt Jones and the Bobs will kick off the festivities followed by the folk-rock grooves of Chamomile and Whiskey. Local artisans such as Wild Roots Apothecary, Shenandoah Spice Company, The Sterling Peacock and more will be attending the event as well, presenting their unique, handcrafted goods and jewelry to festivalgoers.

This year we’re excited to offer our first ever VIP tickets available for $55.  A VIP ticket scores you all the regular ticket amenities along with a full size pint glass, 2 full size exclusive premium pours, and a swag bag full of Gnarly gear.  With only a limited number of advanced and VIP tickets available for the Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest, CRI is encouraging those 21-and-older to pick up tickets early to ensure a spot at this popular downtown event. General advance tickets are available for $25 and may be purchased now at Culpeper Cheese Company, Vinosity (both located on Davis Street in downtown Culpeper), Randy’s Flowers by Endless Creations (211 West Evans Street) and on the web at www.gnarlyhops.eventbrite.com. $5 non-drinking tickets will be available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event.  VIP tickets are available at the same locations for $55.

All are welcome, but please remember no pets and no coolers. The Gnarly Hops and Barley Fest Craft Beer Festival is made possible through generous friends and supporters, such as Culpeper Napa Auto Parts, Inc., Culpeper Times, Fauquier Times, Green Roost,  Goose Island, Vinosity, Best Western – Culpeper Inn, Virginia Eagle Distributing, Cintas, Far Gohn Brewing Company, Gayheart & Willis P.C., SWIFT, Brentamental Media, and Kash Design.

If you’re seeking the most dynamic beer tasting experience in Central Virginia, look no further. Arrive thirsty on April 30th and ready for a beautiful day at downtown Culpeper’s signature craft beer festival. For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at (540) 825-4416 or http://www.culpeperdowntown.com/beerfest.html. Visit us on the web at www.gnarlyhops.com, www.facebook.com/gnarlyhops, follow us on Twitter @gnarlyhops and Instagram #gnarlyhops