What’s On-Tap at Homegrown County Craft Brewing Festival🍺
The County and #GCA (Greater County Area) is quickly filling up with great brewers of craft beer, cider, mead and distilled spirits. The County Craft Brewing Festival, Homegrown, is the place to put on your best plaid and toque and get a taste of what’s on tap in the region. Don’t let the cold scare you – we’ve got that fall-fair vibe and run rain or shine at the historic Crystal Palace and Picton Fairgrounds. The whole family is welcome (kids are free!) and when it rains, we pour.
You’ll need to pace yourself with 9 craft breweries to sample from, each with multiple styles: 555 Brewing Co, Parsons Brewing, Napanee Beer Co, Signal Brewing, Mackinnon Brothers, Spearhead Brewing, Prince Eddy’s, Midtown Brewing, and Skeleton Park.
It’s still apple season in The County! Get a taste of local cider from The County Cider Company, Hardway Cider, Clafeld Cider House, and Settler’s Cider. There also non-alcoholic, organic sweet cider available from Fields on West Lake.
Love a good cocktail? Stop by the Kinsip House of Fine Spirits booth for one of their amazing mixed drinks with locally distilled spirits.
(Sheepishly asks) “what is mead?!”
Mead is a boozy fermented beverage made with honey and water (plus sometimes fruits and herbs). Be sure to try some for yourself from Honey Pie Hives and Herbals!
Although they’re non-alcoholic, they’re no less delicious – try the County Bounty Farm artisanal sodas using locally grown and foraged ingredients, and get a dose of gut health from Pyramid Ferments kombucha. Fields on West Lake has got all your sweet cider needs. Tip: Ask Pyramid Ferments for a #picklerick.
Be sure to nosh between bevvys on any/all the hot and fresh prepared foods from County Yum Club, PapaGhanoush and MommaHummus, Big Mike’s BBQ, Burger Revolution, and Parsons Kitchen. Looking for just a snack? Sample from the PEC Hot Sauce Company and Cured Smokehouse PEC. You can even take a treat home for your pooch from Lakeside Dog Biscuits who make their dog-cookies from spent brewing grains.
Did we mention kids 18 and under are free? Bring the whole fam-jam along, there is pumpkin decorating with Small Pond Arts (noon-5pm), facepainting (noon-4pm), lots of colouring options with County Posters, a scavenger-hunt-style-bingo-card put together by the Library, interactive station by The County Museums, a tug-o-war competition and grain sack races in actual grain sacks from Barn Owl Malt.
The fun isn’t only for kids! Adults get their own round of tug-o-war and grain-sack races, then the ultimate competition: keg-tossing. Women’s round starts at 4pm, and men’s at 5pm outside on the grounds – pre-registration is required, the sign up sheet is available on-site, and yes you sign a liability waiver.
Not only is the Greater County Area home to breweries but a pile of talented homebrewers who have entered our BJCP sanctioned competition running during Homegrown. Watch from behind the velvet ropes as judges sample and the 20+ entries from across southern Ontario.
The homebrew judging is conveniently located next to the local Hop Growers Association and maltster, Barn Own Malt. Stop by to talk all things hop cultivating, harvest, brewing, and malting as these are the experts. Looking to brew up something hyper-local? Get the contact information from various growers in the area.
What’s a beer festival without tunes? Clap, sing, and sway along to the musical styling of local artists all afternoon:
1-2pm | Norris & Jones
3-4pm | Annelise Noronha & The Growlers
5-6:30pm | The Sophiasburgh All Stars
Put on your boots and mitts and check out Homegrown Saturday October 27th 11am-7pm. Tickets are just $20 and those purchased before the event come with 2 tasting tokens – kids 18 and under are free! The event is rain or shine so come cheers to fall in The County.