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2016 Hoptoberfest – A Gnarly Hops fall celebration

The first ever 'Hoptoberfest - a Gnarly Hops' fall celebration September 4, 2016

Culpeper, VA. As the craft beer scene in Culpeper continues to grow Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) is proud to present the inaugural Hoptoberfest – a Gnarly Hops fall celebration. Hoptoberfest will take place on Sunday, September 4, 2016, from Noon – 5:00 PM in the Depot District in Downtown Culpeper. This brand new event is designed to satisfy the American Craft Beer enthusiasts  with a German twist and there's an added bonus for Virginia Wine lovers too!  Downtown Culpeper, a Great American Main Street Award winner, is known for its natural beauty and historic charm and is the perfect stage for this outrageous "gnarly" festival.  Surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge mountains in the Depot District attendees can enjoy a blend of American and European craft brews, a versatile selection of Virginia wines and a tasty assortment of local foods. All accompanied by diverse live music and artsy displays.

Hoptoberfest is definitely putting the fest in festival with over 40 different beer selections, at least 18 Virginia wines to sample and refreshing Bold Rock Cider in a variety of flavors! Check out some local brew favorites like Blue Mountain, Hardywood Park, Devil's Backbone, Beer Hound, Pale Fire, South Street, Starr Hill, Parkway and O'Connor.  Additional American favorites will be on tap, including Troegs, Schlafly, Ballast Point, Firestone, Terrapin and Smuttynose.  Then there's a German and European influence from Bitburger, Andechs Rothaus, Wurzburger, Benediktiner, Reissdorf, Kostritzer, Liefmans and Ommegang.  As if it couldn't get any better, Virginia wine enters the festival with Culpeper's newest winery, Mountain Run, along with Early Mountain, Granite Heights Winery, Prince Michel Vineyard, Horton and Mattaponi Winery.  CRI guarantees there will be plenty of craft beer, wine and cider to suit anyone’s taste!

Kelsey Carlson, Hoptoberfest Committee Chairperson, is thrilled to kick off this exciting new event.  “For the past four years, we have loved seeing the streets of Culpeper filled for Gnarly Hops...so much so that we decided to start doing it twice a year! Hoptoberfest will be the perfect event to kick off the beautiful Virginia Fall season. What more could you ask for than a Labor Day Weekend festival full of beer, wine, great food and music?"

Delicious local eats to compliment all those liquid refreshments will also be available for purchase.  Festival food provided by Bavarian Chef Food Truck, Uncle Elders BBQ, Cap'N Corbin's Seafood, N&A Catering – Mediterranean, UFO Food Truck and more.

All that food and drink is sure to make you want to dance!  Entertainment includes live music by two phenomenal bands, Dalton Dash and DR. Yes. "Dalton Dash brings a colossal sound flared by robust song writing, ardent vocals and sturdy musicianship. This folk quartets eclectic taste has allowed them to play shows that range from bluegrass to hard hitting rock and roll sets. With guitar playing that would knock the wind out of any listener just by watching and mandolin parts that bite at the heels of any dancer, the jovial and up-beat acoustic sounds seem electrified by their very energy."  Next up is DR. Yes, a heavy blues and rock band from Northern Virginia.  "DR. YES is on a mission to stop evil, and MUSIC is their weapon of choice. Watch and LISTEN as play a fun mix of rock and blues, DR. YES has been stunning audiences with their energetic performances!"

For those looking to fulfill their inner artist craving, look to participating local artisans for inspiration and possibly the next thing you just can't live without! Creative displays and works of art from Girls Day Out, Shenandoah Spice Company, Chickie-Dickie Beads, Daddy G’s Rockin’ Salsa, Precious Metalz Jewelry, Gray Wine Design, Virginia Wine of the Month Club and more will be attending the event as well, presenting their unique, handcrafted goods and jewelry to festivalgoers.

There are only a limited number of advanced tickets available for the Hoptoberfest and CRI is encouraging those 21-and-older to pick up tickets early to ensure a spot at Culpeper's newest downtown event. General advance tickets are available for $30 and may be purchased now a Museum of Culpeper History, Vinosity (both located in downtown Culpeper) and 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. 

All are welcome, but please remember no pets and no coolers. The Hoptoberfest - a Gnarly fall event is made possible through generous friends and supporters, such as The Town of Culpeper, Culpeper Times, Fauquier Times, Virginia Eagle/Beer Hound, Far Gohn Brewing Company, Culpeper Auto Parts NAPA, Culpeper Farm Tour and Kid Central.

If you’re seeking the most dynamic tasting experience in Central Virginia, look no further. Arrive thirsty on September 4th and ready to mix and mingle with some of best in the craft beer and Virginia wine industry right in downtown Culpeper. Lederhosen optional!  For more information please contact Culpeper Renaissance at (540) 825-4416 or visit us on the web at www.gnarlyhops.com, www.facebook.com/gnarlyhops, follow us on Twitter @gnarlyhops and Instagram #gnarlyhops

Date: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Depot District, Downtown Culpeper
Cost: $30.00 in advance
Tickets: on-line at www.gnarlyhops.eventbrite.com
Gnarly Eats! Live Music! Local Artists! Craft Brews! Virginia Wine!
Contact: Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI)
Phone: 540-825-4416
Web: www.gnarlyhops.com or www.culpeperdowntown.com/beerfest.html