19th Annual "Of Ale and History" Beer Festival


MIDDLETOWN, Va.- The Belle Grove Plantation hosted its annual "Of Ale and History" Beer Festival on Saturday. The plantation used to grow wheat, barley and other grains to make beer. The manor house that overlooks the plantation has been there since 1797. The plantation is now a non-profit historic house museum.

"We have great beer distributors that share their latest brews with the public," said Kristen Laise, the plantation's Executive Director. "It all goes to benefit the preservation and education programs here at Belle Grove."

Those attending received a tasting glass and a bracelet with eight beer tastings. This year included more than 60 beers for attendees to try out.

"I stick with one beer so something like this is great," said Daniel Beatty. "I get to try some stuff that normally I would shy away from because of the price tag."

"I don't think it's just about the beer," said Daniel Burstock. "It's about supporting the Belle Grove and the area."

The event was rain or shine and unfortunately, there was plenty of rain. However, everyone involved said they weren't going to let that ruin the festival.

"A little rain isn't dampening anyone's spirit," Laise added. "This is an annual tradition that we all love."

"The weather conditions were terrible, people knew that coming into it," Beatty added. "Awesome turnout, awesome venue and a whole lot of fun!"

Organizers say the festival is one of the plantation's biggest fundraisers of the year.

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