Would you like to try some Purple Monkey Dishwasher?
These and other unusual brews - along with more tradition fare - were all available for the sampling at the annual Beerfest at Shadowbrook Inn and Resort in Tunkhannock on Saturday.
Michael Belusko, general manager at Shadowbrook, said that 70 crafted beer vendors were represented at the event. The beers and other alcoholic beverages were tasted by about 200 eager participants.
Belusko said the Beerfest is in its 12th year at Shadowbrook.
“It’s a great turnout,” he said. “Everyone here is to try the beer.”
Food was also a popular draw, with Ma Greenley’s Barbecue providing its famous fare.
Shadowbrook also offered large soft pretzels and other treats to be consumed with the beer.
About 12 vendors had tables set up at various places during the Beerfest, offering such diverse products as t-shirts, cigars, clothing and jewelry.
“We wanted to have a little something for everyone,” Belusko explained.
Vendors who participated at the event included Lt. Verrastro, North East Eagle, Ma Greenley’s, State Street Cigars, St. Obnoxious Tee Shirts, Lu La Roe, Handmade Spoon Jewelry, and I Gourmet Cheese.
Throughout the day, people enjoyed popular songs performed by Tom Riccobono of Greenwich Village, N.Y., as well as taste of the Scottish Highlands from the Wyoming Valley Pipe and Drum Band.
“What doesn’t go better with beer than to hear the bagpipers play,” Belusko said.
The crowd agreed with Belusko’s observation, enthusiastically applauding every one of the band’s performances of Scottish songs, even throwing in ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling,’ for good measure.
The Beerfest is held by Shadowbrook to give the community an opportunity to get out and socialize while sampling various crafted beers available on the market.
“We also charge to the vendors to set up a table,” Belusko explained. “That and the fee people pay to attend is donated each year to a different charity. This year, it’s being donated to Seven Loaves.”
Many Shadowbrook employees were on hand during the event, serving food and pouring beer samples for participants. Belusko estimated that 25 to 30 employees helped make the event a success.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” he said.
Tunkhannock’s own Nimble Hill Winery was represented during the Beerfest, with sales representative Sean O’Day pouring samples of Nudder and other locally created brews.
“It’s been real popular,” O’Day said about the beer, explaining it is a pilsner. “We quickly ran out of it. We’ve just introduced it, and it’s scheduled to go on the market next week.”
O’Day said that the event has been a great success, with people saying how much they enjoy the beer samples provided by Nimble Hill.
Jason Politowski of West Pittston sported a colorful way of properly enjoying his beer samples while making the rounds.
A necklace of pretzels allowed him to have the traditional snack with the beer, eliminating the need to carry them in his hands.
“I made it myself,” Politowski explained. “I like to come prepared.”
James Walker, a salesman for LT Verrastro, a local beer wholesaler, said the event is great, because it gives people the opportunity to sample beers they otherwise would not have.
Jamie Gormley, who works in Shadowbrook’s banquet department, pours samples of Purple Monkey Dishwasher for patrons. Gormley says the beverage is port from the brewery Evil Genius, flavored with a combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
Dan Frost of Factoryville prefers Nimble Hill’s Turbo beer.
“I love it, it’s great,” Frost said about the beerfest. “It gives you a chance to sample different beers you can’t find anywhere else. And I think Nimble Hill is awesome.”
“It’s blast,” said Peter Groblewski of Dallas. “I’ve had more fun here today than I have in a long time. Shadowbrook puts on a nice show full of nice people. It’s great place to meet everybody.”
Another vendor was Scott Balthhaser of Harrisburg, who sold beer t-shirts. Many of the shirts sported Saint Obnoxious, the ‘patron saint of beer.’
“I thought it up myself,” Balthhaser said about St. Obnoxious. “I started making t-shirts in 2002 after I retired and came up with the patron saint of beer.