2012 Rocktown Beer & Music Festival
For those of you that know me, you are aware of my growing passion and appreciation for craft beer. I have my good friends at All Malt America to thank for introducing me to the fine world of craft brewing and some truly incredible beers. On top of that, they’re up-incoming home brewers. Check out their blog to stay abreast on the emerging market of American craft brewing. If anything goes down in the world of beer, they’re usually the first to know.
Arguably my favorite weekend from last year revolved around the Rocktown Beer & Music Festival in Harrisonburg, VA. The whole crew converged on JMU and the valley for an epic weekend under the SOGO theme (Sun’s Out Guns Out). To be brief, beers on beers on beers were drank with the backdrop of three great bands to make one hell of a day.
This year, the festival is back with a killer lineup of bands and breweries. The War On Drugs headlines the 2012 festival with opening support from Yarn and the Richmond rooted, No BS! Brass Band. The War On Drugs (Secretly Canadian) puts on an incredible live performance that pairs perfectly with an afternoon full of great beers and great people.
The War On Drugs – Best Night
No BS! Brass delivers a loud, forceful sound of New Orleans brass with an East Coast modern funk spin. Their sound will keep you toe-tapping long after their set has ended. Co-Founder and trombonist Reggie Pace has been on the road with Bon Iver for 2011 & 2012. This is a band that absolutely must be hear live. Represent RVA!!
All Malt America was drunkenly along for the ride last year and this year they’re providing full coverage for the Rocktown event. Make sure to regularly check with their site for Festival updates and to read up on craft beer previews. You can grab your tickets here. Cheers!