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Brewers Fest In Stevenson

Taste microbrews, Gorge varietals

The 17th Annual Brews Blues and BBQs will be held on Saturday, June 26.

The traditional rollicking opening of the summer season in Stevenson, this blast draws fans from across the Northwest into the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.

In 2010, Brews Blues & BBQ is moving to a new venue! The Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson is the new setting.

The gates open at noon and live music continues until 10 p.m. The musical entertainment kicks off with Gravy and the Biscuit Rollers, followed by Billy D and the HooDoos and then the headliner, Bugs Henderson and the Shuffle Kings. In between each band, the mic will be open for local musicians.

Following the lead of Stevenson's own award winning Walking Man Brewing, an interesting assemblage of Northwest craft brewers agreed to set up shop for the day. The short list includes Laht Neppur Brewing, Ice Harbor, Lazy Boy, Lompoc, Laurelwood, Snipes Mountain, Full Sail Brewing and Everybody's Brewing. Over 17 brewers are anticipated.

In addition, eight Gorge vineyards including Wind River Cellars and Erin Glenn will pour their varietals.

Another new addition in 2010 is the debut of our BBQ Cook-off Contest. Check out the ribs competition and join in the fun with a People's Choice Award for the best barbecue sauce. The BBQ purveyors include crowd favorites Outlaw Barbecue, Whiskey Flats Gourmet Foods, Mr. Oinks and several more. There will also be paella, veggie burgers, sausages, gyros and delectable desserts including baklava, cheesecake and hand scooped hard ice cream.

To keep the kids happy while the adults rock to the music, there will be face painting, a balloon artist, hotdogs, popcorn and other little people activities. Did we mention mini-doughnuts made fresh onsite?

For the fourth year, an addition to Brews Blues and BBQs will be a wide variety of arts and craft booths. Local and not-so-local artists will set up in the event area adjacent to the main stage.

Brews Blues & BBQs is sponsored by the Stevenson Business Association.

Admission is $10 per person and includes a plastic beer mug or wine glass. Children 12 years and under are free. Scrip tickets are available for purchase at $1 each for tasting or a full mug.

For more details, visit www.cityofstevenson.com/brews or call 800-989-9178.

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