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Somerville Craft Beer Fest Prevails, Beer Lovers Ignore Rain and Humidity

Mike Proske, owner of Project P.U.B. and Tapastre restaurant, host and sponsors of the Craft Beer Fest, takes in the event Sunday on North Bridge Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
4-ounce taster mini-mug Credits: Rod Hirsch
Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite on stage Sunday at the Somerville Craft Beer Fest. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Credits: Rod Hirsch
Credits: Rod Hirsch
Keepin' it cool behind the scenes. Credits: Rod Hirsch

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Fans of limited-batch micro-brews flocked to the IV annual Somerville Craft Beer Festival this weekend to sample a menu of  hand-crafted beer produced by dozens of micro-breweries in the United States.

For the price of admission, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, beer lovers were given a 4-ounce mini-mug to stop and sample at each of the brewers’ portable bars set up beneath pop-up tents, each using a variation of kegs, coolers, ice and taps to keep the beer flowing.

Fresh drafts, handcrafted and brewed in limited quantities were available from:

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Flying Dog Brewery, Riverhorse Brewery, Brotherton Brewing Company, Alpine Brewing Company, Green Flash Brewing Co., B. Nektar, Left Hand Brewing Company,Demented Brewing Company, Angry Erik Brewing, 902 Brewing Co., Brix City Brewing, Flounder Brewing, Lone Eagle Brewing, Dark City Brewing Company, Kane Brewing Company, Carton Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Clown Shoes Beer, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and Tröegs Independent Brewing and others.

Held on South Bridge Street between Main Street and West High Street, the festival prevailed both Saturday and Sunday, despite a torrential downpour on Saturday, and threats of showers on Sunday.

Saturday’s set-up was a soaker, but the late morning downpour subsided with the sun breaking through early in the afternoon; Sunday was hot and humid, but the didn’t stop the crowd from filling the street, in search of their favorite beer, or on a quest for something different and new.

There was live music on stage all day both days; with food vendors including Somerville’s Division Café and Court House Sub Shop keeping busy.

Performers included Chris Hoke, acoustic classics; Peter Prasa, singer/songwriter;  Andy Prasa singer/songwriter; 4 Flight Rock, classic rock; Bob Lanza, blues,  PD Brody, acoustic classics;  Crash Gordon & Debra Dynamite, rockabilly/classics and TH and the All-stars.

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