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Thousands tap it out at Lynchburg Beer and Wine Festival
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Thousands of people milled around Lynchburg City Stadium on Saturday afternoon to sample some of the best local breweries and vineyards have to offer at the fifth annual Lynchburg Beer and Wine Festival.
 

Thousands of people milled around Lynchburg City Stadium on Saturday afternoon to sample some of the best local breweries and vineyards have to offer at the fifth annual Lynchburg Beer and Wine Festival.

Typically the one-day festival brings in thousands of guests  and attendance has grown rapidly since the first festival in 2010.

The event drew not only local breweries but also the mobile Budweiser Brewmaster Tour for the first time at the festival. The tour will visit more than three dozen cities through fall 2014.

“We’ve had 300 to 400 people come through. We are out to educate the consumer on how the beer is made, see the ingredients, we even have actual wheat and barley out,” said Brewmaster Ambassador Chad Griffin.

Attendees were given a walkthrough of how Budweiser beer is made from the mashing to the actual brewing. Griffin said the tour is a “sensual experience” in seeing, smelling and tasting how the beer is made.

On the local-beer front, David Grizzard, planning engineer for Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, said this was his first year working the festival.

“We are very busy. It gets good craft beer to people who might not normally try it,” he said.

Festivals such as Saturday’s are a good time to drum up new business, Grizzard said.

For unique experience, attendees could taste beer and wine in one place. Lazy DaysWinery from Amherst offered customers a special sangria, which was also well loved by buzzing bees. Owner John Fitzhugh said with both beverage options there tends to be more drinking than buying, but a good amount of people came to taste his wine.

“It's our local home base, and it’s very convenient for people,” he said.

Lazy Days also hosts Sangria Saturdays at their vineyard and a Summer Solstice celebration.

Attendees who purchased a sampling admission ticket Saturday were given a blue wristband limiting them to 10 beer samples. Wine samples, however, were endless (within reason). Connoisseurs flocked to wine tasting tables to swirl, sniff and sip.

Many local artisans and craftsmen had their wares on sale for people not wanting to drink but still have fun. People lounged on chairs and blankets, listening to Jenny and the B-Side Rockers, Jerry Wimmer Trio, Dragonfly, and Superhold.

Designated drivers were offered free water and sodas, and local police officers attended to ensure everyone returned home safely.

 
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