Jefferson County’s first ever beer and music festival will feature four regional touring bands as well as 20 brewers with over 40 different beers to sample.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Charles Town will host the Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival. The festival will be hosted at the grounds of historic Happy Retreat, once the home of Charles Washington, Charles Town’s founder. Happy Retreat was recently announced as West Virginia’s first National Treasure by the National Trust of Historic Preservation.

The event will run from 11 AM to 6 PM and feature four regional touring bands: The Hillbilly Gypsies, The Woodshedders, Dale and The ZDubs, and The Woo Yeahs. In addition to the great music, the festival will feature 20 regional and national brewers who will have over 40 different varieties of craft beer to sample throughout the day. The event will also feature local food vendors as well as offer tours of the historic house. Tickets are available online for $15 general admission and $20 for a commemorative sample glass and 3 sample tickets. Additional sample tickets can be purchased at the event.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Friends of Happy Retreat, a 501(c)3 non profit whose mission is to restore the property and allow the property to be used for community and private events. “This is a great location for a beer festival; we are within a one hour drive from most of the DC and Baltimore metro areas which have witnessed a huge increase in craft breweries over the past 5 years” said Josh Vance, owner of Front Porch Brewing Co who is helping to coordinate the event. “An event like this is long overdue for this part of the state and we think that it will have a little bit of something for everybody.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at https://www.missiontix.com/events/product/34488/happy-retreat-craft-beer-and-music-festival and full information on the event can be found at the Happy Retreat Facebook page or at http://www.happyretreat.org.

Happy Retreat is the historic home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and is listed in the National Registrar of Historic Places. 

Friends of Happy Retreat are a 501(c)3 non profit dedicated to restoring and preserving the property of Happy Retreat