In the summer of 2020, at a time when the Taber Museum staff and volunteers would ordinarily have been readying for the eighth consecutive Bottles & Brews event, the Museum was quiet. COVID-19 claimed another event.
That one year delay appears to have created great anticipation for the 2021 version of Bottles & Brews VIII. When the long-awaited event finally took place on Friday, August 13, 2021, more than 380 guests spent the night tasting beer, wine, coffee, spirits and great food.
Enthusiasm for the event was shared by the local hospitality industry - participants included 20 brewers, 2 vintners, 1 distiller, 2 coffee brewers, 7 purveyors of fine foods and countless donations of food from local businesses, supermarkets and volunteer bakers.
Represented at the event were: Alabaster Coffee Roaster &Tea Company, Backhouse Café Coffee & Tea, Bald Birds Brewing Co., Billtown Brewers Guild, Blakes Brewing Co., Boom City Brewing, Boston Beer Co., British Baking Company, Bullfrog Brewery, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Deschutes Brewery, ECM Cellars, Evil Genius Beer Co., Fife & Drum Wines, Filippo’s Italian Resaurant, Founders Brewing Co., Frito-Lay, Inc., Funk Brewing Co., Hillside Catering, Jackass Brewing Co., the Kast Hotel, Logyard Brewing, Miller Brewing Co., New Trail Brewing Co., Nomad Distilling Co., North Country Brewing Co., Pudgies of Williamsport, Riepstines Pub, Sly Fox Brewing Co., Straub Brewery, Therapy Brewing Brewing Co., and Wagner's Whoopie Pies.
Tasting stations were located throughout the Museum, allowing folks to taste in the presence of the art and history of Lycoming County. Fine art and wine; local beers in Victorian splendor; IPAs with native artifacts. Although tasting was the scheduled activity; conversation and taking in the ambiance were very much in evidence.
Of course, because Bottles & Brews is the Museum's largest fundraiser, the bucket of cheer raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets were sold through the night. More than 20 prizes, including the hand-made wooden buckets with goodies, bundles of books, jewelry from Rick Mahonski Goldsmith, winerack from J's Wineracks & More, a Yuengling Brewery print, and gift cards from Franco's, Lang's Chocolates, Acme Barbecue, and Elite Feet were raffled off.
The Museum also offered for sale commemorative tee shirts, pint glasses, and lanyards. A 32oz. growler was specially created for the event - purchase of the growler allows the buyer to get 1/2 price growler fills at five local breweries. These items are still being sold in the Museum store.
Thanks to all participants, volunteers, providers and sponsors who pulled off a spectacularly successful evening.
Check out the slide show, below.