The first annual Brew Skies Festival sponsored by the Mountain State Brewing Co. went off without a hitch earlier this month, with an estimated 600+ folks in attendance at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. And just in case you missed it, we’ve already begun planning for next year! Here are some highlights from the event.

Although it didn’t affect the crowds, Friday night was a bit rainy with some patchy fog. Saturday’s events however, produced a gorgeous summer day – warm, sunny and with a 100% chance of Brew Skies.
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

In addition to MSBC, Brew Skies featured beers on tap from our local West Virginia micro-breweries and friends, Morgantown Brewing Co., Backwater Brewing Co. in Davis, and Lost River Brewing Co. in Wardensville, WV.
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

Local artisan vendors included Healthberry Farm Honey, Holly Hinkle Recycled Folk Art, Textile Artist Sandra Frank, The White Room Art Gallery, Secondhand and Vintage Clothing, potter Muddy Mindy and Eddie Spaghetti.
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

The Brew Skies Kid’s Corner held arts and craft activities throughout the day, as well as various kids musical performances at the side stage, and magic acts featuring The Great Renaldo.
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

The music ramped up mid-day on Saturday as The Tom Batchelor Band took to the main stage, exploring all the realms of improvisational possibilities, delving into blends of reggae, jazz, ska, and country.
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

Next, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Sam Lamont and The Sam Lamont Band played tunes to the crowd rooted in country-blues and folk traditions.
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

Local favorite, and famed story teller, Floyd Cowger performed some classic covers, as well as a few originals, with timeless lyrics, a touch of bluegrass and some old, outlaw country blues.
Brew Skies Festival | Floyd Cowger

Brew Skies Festival | Floyd Cowger

In the early evening, the famed West Virginia native Hillbilly Gypsies performed, playing their own homegrown style of classic Appalachian old time music, mixed with a hard drivin’ bluegrass sound.
Brew Skies Festival | Hillbilly Gypsies

Brew Skies Festival | Hillbilly Gypsies

As the crowd gathered, headliner and Nashville based singer-songwriter, Todd Snider took the stage just before dusk, with a musical style that combined Americana, alt-country, and folk.
Brew Skies Festival | Todd Snider

Brew Skies Festival | Todd Snider

To round out the night, bass guitar extraordinaire and performer Freekbass energized the crowd with a raucous performance of funk, R&B and electro-dance beats.
Brew Skies Festival | Freekbass

Brew Skies Festival | Freekbass

Thanks to all the performers, participants, vendors, volunteers and everyone else that helped to make the first annual Brew Skies Festival a success. And we hope to see you all again next year!
Brew Skies Festival | Mountain State Brewing Co.

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