First Waynesville Craft Beer Fest a success
More than 450 people attended the first Waynesville Craft Beer Fest held at the American Legion ball field on Legion Street. Early festivalgoers enjoyed good weather and access to the 15 craft brewers sampling a wide range of beers.
Then the rains came, and it poured, but festivalgoers sought refuge under the tent of their favorite brewery, made friends with the brewers and learned more about the breweries and their craft.
After the storm passed, more people came to the festival, and enjoyed a sunny afternoon, music, and, of course, beer.
All three Waynesville breweries — BearWaters, Frog Level Brewing and Tipping Point — had tasting stations, as well as breweries from the Asheville area, Sylva, Bryson City, Morganton, a few national brands, and home brewers from the area.
Kevin Sandefur, owner of BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville, organized the festival and was delighted at the turnout for a first year event.
"We had just over 100 volunteers and lots of brewery employees including Billy Pyatt, owner of Catawba Valley Brewing, and John Lyda, president of Highlands Brewing," Sandefur said. "Both thanked me for reminding them how fun a beer fest could be."