• Tuesday , 27 June 2017

Brews for Every Taste Bud at the Pottstown Firkin Fest

Story and photos by Elizabeth Coffey

Nothing can chase away the blues like a cold, frosty beer in hand and a relaxing stroll through one of Pennsylvania’s prettiest parks. The Pottstown Firkin Fest brings together these two elements seamlessly with live music and fantastic food at Pottstown’s Manatawny Park.

For those beer connoisseurs who don’t like braving the crowds or long lines of other beer festivals, the Pottstown Firkin Fest is a more intimate setting to sip on specialty beers throughout the area.  Talk barley, brewing methods, and more with experienced beer makers and distributors like the Lancaster Brewing Company, The Other Farm Brewing Company, Conshohocken Brewing Company, Evil Genius Beer Company, River Horse Brewing Company, Hidden River Brewing Company, Frecon’s Cidery, and many more.

Hearty beers call for hearty food and HEART Food Truck and Lily’s Grill more than deliver with savory dishes that delight the palette. Latitude 24 keeps the crowd entertained as they enjoy a raffle, giant-sized Jenga, and the beer-judging contest.

Overall the Pottstown Firkin Fest is a ‘hop’-ing good time and a firkin fantastic way to spend your afternoon. I can’t wait to see what the brewers bring to the table next year!

A festive welcome banner greets festive goers at the entrance of the Pottstown Frikin Fest.

A festive welcome banner greets festival goers at the entrance of the Pottstown Firkin Fest.

A beautiful beer by River Horse Brewing Co.

A beautiful beer by River Horse Brewing Co.

Delicious pulled pork and mac n' cheese from the HEART food truck.

Tasty pulled pork and mac n’ cheese from the HEART food truck.

Lancaster Brewing Co.'s amazing Double Chocolate Milk Stout... It was delicious!

Lancaster Brewing Co.‘s amazing Double Chocolate Milk Stout… Delicious!

Firkin festival goers enjoying a game of giant-sized Jenga.

Firkin festival goers enjoying a game of giant-sized Jenga.

The Other Farm Brewing Company describing its beer's unique flavor profile.

The Other Farm Brewing Company describing its beer’s unique flavor profile.

Event organizer, Christine Tarlecki Trimble, hands out raffle tickets.

Event organizer, Christine Tarlecki Trimble, handing out raffle tickets at the Pottstown Firkin Fest.

One of Conshohocken Brewing Company's spectacular entries.

One of Conshohocken Brewing Company‘s spectacular entries.

Latitude 24 jamming out and keeping the crowd entertained.

Latitude 24 jamming out and keeping the crowd entertained.

Strawberry and vanilla-flavored Spiritual Bath and spicy Long Lost Friend by Hidden River Brewing Company.

Strawberry and vanilla-flavored Spiritual Bath and spicy Long Lost Friend were unique beers offered at the festival by Hidden River Brewing Company.

Dana Prophet, a Pottstown Fikin Fest judge and Explore Philly writer, jots down a beer's unique flavor profile.

Dana Prophet, a Pottstown Firkin Fest judge and Explore Philly writer, jots down a beer’s unique flavor profile.

Evil Genius Beer Company used some mad science to provide festival goers with a fun new flavor profile to try.

Evil Genius Beer Company used some mad science to provide festival goers with a fun, new flavor profile to try.

"Drink Good Beer." The Pottstown Firkin Fest had growlers you could buy to take home a few of your favorite beers from the festival.

“Drink Good Beer.” The Pottstown Firkin Fest had growlers you could buy to take home a few of your favorite beers from the festival.

Hogshead Dry Cider from Frecon's Cidery for those into amazing alcoholic beverages made from apples.

Hogshead Dry Cider from Frecon’s Cidery for those who are into amazing alcoholic beverages made from apples.

For the 'hop'-ed up pup in your life, Brewscuits was selling all natural beer grain treats in a variety of flavors.

For the ‘hop’-ed up pup in your life, Brewscuits was selling all natural beer grain treats in a variety of flavors.

The raffle winner celebrates his win before coming forward to claim his prize.

The raffle winner celebrates before coming forward to claim his prize.

The raffle winner gets his prize money.

The raffle winner gets his prize money.

The four winners of this year's Pottstown Frikin Fest. Conshohocken Brewery took first place for best table while Evil Genius Beer Company took second place. Weyerbacher Brewing Company won Best Frikin Beer with Manayunk Brewing Company winning second place.

Pictured are the four winners of this year’s Pottstown Firkin Fest. Conshohocken Brewing Company took first place for best table while Evil Genius Beer Company took second place. Weyerbacher Brewing Company won Best Firkin Beer with Manayunk Brewing Company winning second place.

The Pottstown Firkin Fest judges celebrate a festival well-judged.

The Pottstown Firkin Fest judges celebrate a festival well-judged.

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