The Friends of Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival features music all day from touring bands as well as samples from multiple brewers of the best craft beer available in the State of West Virginia.
All proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Happy Retreat which is a 501(c)3 non‐profit whose mission is to restore historic Happy Retreat to serve as a vibrant center of cultural life and community gatherings.
Live Music from 11AM-6PM
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Charlie Brown Superstar (11:00am-2:00pm)
Charlie Brown Superstar (Brett Fuller) is a DJ, producer, remixer, and artist from Huntington, WV. Fuller concentrates on what he calls Mountain Funk, an eclectic blend of jam, funk, and electronic, with elements of local flavor, that he has showcased at festivals such as Mountain Music Fest, Brew Skies, and Kickin’ It On the Creek, and, more locally, Huntington Music and Arts Fest and Funktafest.
Crush Funk Brass Band (1:30pm-3:00pm)
New Orleans style brass band Crush Funk is a group of passionate young musicians that enjoy performing and playing a little bit of a lot of the music you like through-out the DMV.
John "Papa" Gros Band (3:30pm-4:30pm)
Coming all the way from New Orleans “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who draws on funk, rhythm & blues and Americana song craft.
For over three decades, Gros has brought his city’s celebratory culture to listeners around the globe. Gros mixes all the sounds of New Orleans – funk, trad jazz, brass band, blues – and makes it his own signature gumbo. His new solo album Central City, shows Gros capturing New Orleans’ distinct feel-good charm with help from some of its’ most renowned players.
Gros began playing gigs when he was just fifteen years old but didn’t truly kick off his career until after graduating from Loyola in 1989 with a degree in French Horn performance. During the seminal years that followed, the young man cut his teeth as a solo performer on Bourbon Street while also developing a reputation as a formidable sideman. He backed up some of the biggest names in the Crescent City,: such as Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and guitarist Snooks Eaglin. Between 2000 and 2013, Gros began his transition into the spotlight by leading Papa Grows Funk, a highly revered group that mixed hard-hitting funk grooves with often unpredictable jazz spontaneity. The band released six critically-acclaimed studio albums while touring the U.S. and far off countries like Japan and Brazil.
This year, John “Papa” Gros released Central City, his third solo album. The album is a collection of classic New Orleans songs, both new and old, filtered through his decades of dedication to his craft. The album features Gros’ feel good originals alongside his takes on beloved songs by Allen Toussaint, Lloyd Price, and John Prine. Joining Gros on the album are a who’s who in the keepers of the New Orleans tradition, who perfectly exploit the similarities between New Orleans jazz and early rock ‘n’ roll on songs such as “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Personality.”
Gros absorbed a lifetime of lessons and became part of the direct lineage of New Orleans music. “I’m walking in the same path as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Art Neville,” explains Gros. “I’ve been following them my whole life. Now, they’re no longer in front of me. They’ve gotten off the path but the path is still very clear.”
30+ Regional and National Breweries Past events have included: Abolitionist Ale Works, Founders, Mountain State, Evolution Brewing, Greenbriar Valley, Devils Backbone, Wild Wolf Brewing, Elysian, Big Timber, Antietam, and many more.
ADDITIONAL BEER TASTING TICKETS
The price of a general admission ticket (age 21 and over) includes a 6.5 oz. tasting glass and 8 free tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
No coolers, food or beverages may be brought into the festival except bottled water. Guests my bring their own bottled water. Bottled water and soda will also be available for sale at the festival. Local vendors include: Mojo’s catering, Scoop Dog, Caverns, Deez Donuts and Mountaineer Popcorn, and more!
No pets will be allowed, other than service dogs.
Guests may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. No tents or umbrellas are allowed. The area directly in front of the music stage is shaded by trees. There will be a large tent with chairs and tables for guests to sit, eat and to drink beer while they are listening to the music.
General parking is available at the site.
In addition, on-street parking is available on nearby streets except that parking may be limited on Mordington Avenue due to safety concerns.
Handicap parking will be available in the parking lot at Happy Retreat near the entrance gate. Guests needing handicap parking will be directed to those spaces by the parking attendants.
The historic Happy Retreat house will be open to visitors during the festival. Due to ongoing restoration work, tours will be limited to portions of the first floor. The second floor will not be open to the public.
There will be no activities for children. However, parents may bring children with them. Children 12 years and under will be admitted at no charge. The price of admission for ages 13 through 20 is $15.
Bring valid, state-issued form of identification. All IDs will be checked at the gate. This guideline cannot be bent in any way shape or form.
All ticket sales are final, unless event is canceled. BeerFests.com’s fee is nonrefundable.
No refunds, the event will run rain or shine
All ages are allowed, but 21+ to consume alcohol. IDs will be checked and corresponding wristbands will be placed on wrists depending on age.