PIQUA — Got beer?
If you’re thirsting for a cold one, make your way to Lock Nine Riverfront Park for this year’s Down The River Down a Beer festival.
Chuggers and sippers alike can get a broad sampling of sudsy libations at the annual event, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 6.
There will be 99 varieties of beer, so take one down and pass it around — or take 20 samples and get a tasting glass that’s yours to keep. Several local breweries will be represented including Dayton Beer Company, Warped Wing, Toxic Brew Company, Hairless Hare, Yellow Springs Brewery, and Moeller Brew Barn.
All styles of beer will be available, from lagers, pilsners and stouts to porters, Belgians and more.
Organized by Jim Burkhardt, this is the third year for the event, which will benefit the River Stewardship Program and Protect Our Water-Ways (POWW).
The fun begins at 3 p.m. with river activities including float time, water safety and canoe/kayak tips, as well as corporate and individual races.
Later in the evening, river fire rings will light up the night. “We’ll light those about 8 o’clock, so by the time they’re burning, it will be dark,” Burkhardt said. “People can enjoy those by the levee while they’re sipping on a beer.”
If you think beer is blah and wine is divine, there will be a wine station, and if you choose to not tipple at all, water and soda will be available for purchase. Local vendors and food trucks will be on hand as well. Live music will be provided by Jimmy Felts — “He’ll be playing guitar; he’s wonderful,” Burkhardt said — and WPTW, with Tim Wirth emceeing the entire event.
In addition, a silent auction will feature beer-related memorabilia including Down The River, Down a Beer mugs crafted by local potter Bob Heckman. There also will be event T-shirts for sale.
A special highlight of this year’s event will be a ceremony in honor of the Great Miami Watershed Water Trail being named a National Water Trail System by the Secretary of the Interior, a designation that could lead to more riverfront investment. The water trail includes the Great Miami, Stillwater and Mad rivers.
Tickets for Down The River, Down a Beer are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate, available at the following locations: Piqua — Readmore’s Hallmark, Piqua Beverage Center; Troy — The Cellar; Sidney — the Growler station; Tipp City — Miami Valley Wine and Spirits.
Tickets also can be ordered online from Mainstreet Piqua at mainstreetpiqua.com/down-the-river-down-a-beer-tickets. Your ticket will be mailed to you within a week of completing your purchase.
Designated drivers pay $5 at the gate.
For up-to-date information about Down The River, Down a Beer, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Down-The-River-Down-a-Beer-1603032496624846/?fref=ts.
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341