ELLINWOOD — For those with champagne tastes and a beer budget, the Ellinwood American Legion will host the first ever Craft Beer Festival featuring stouts, ales and delicate artistic flavors from micro breweries in Kansas and Colorado. German food such as bratwurst with sauerkraut, bier rocks and home-made bread will also be for sale.
Ellinwood artist Aaron McCaffery will host a rare iron pour. Red, molten hot iron is melted and poured into molds to create artistic sculptures.
The festival will be from 3-9 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Legion. The cost is $15 and is an adult event.
“This is a special event to benefit veterans and families,” said Richard Kimple, organizer. The event will give “People who never had the opportunity to taste craft beers,” the opportunity to do so.
“We wanted to create an adult activity that has a good cause,” said Kimple. “We hope the community responds favorably.”
The date was picked so that it would not coincide with the K-state home game, according to Kimple.
Other entertainment includes a potter have a potter’s wheel who will throw pots.
Courtney Irwin of Salina will sing country western songs, some that she has written and some of others. She has won contests throughout Kansas.
Another musician, experimental musician, C.S. Luxem of Lawrence will also perform. He has performed all over the United States and Europe, and plays folk, soul and experimental loop.
He spent some time living in Ellinwood as a child and his mother grew up in Ellinwood.
Each musician will perform twice.
Micro beers from Tallgrass in Manhattan, Free State, Hawker Boulevard in Kansas City, New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colo., Deschutes from Oregon Brewery by Western Beverage will be for sale. Also available is Blue Moon and some seasonal fall brews including Leinenkugel a Wisconsin Brewer’s Lemon Berry Shandy and New Belgium’s Hoptober.
At the gate, ID’s will be checked. Participants have to be over 21 to attend this adult activity.
They are still accepting volunteers and sponsors.