Beer Fest excitement bubbles to Tryon’s surface Nov. 9

Published 11:57 pm Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tryon’s second annual Beer Fest returns this Nov. 9 and the buzz around the region is really beginning to bubble.

Not only will there be a stellar craft beer vendor line-up, mouthwatering German cuisine and wines, and an evening Oyster Roast, but dazzling entertainment as well.

The Mountain Top Polka band opens the Beer Fest to play from 1-4 p.m. With a set list of almost 100 authentic German and Bavarian songs, their marches, polkas and waltzes will get you grabbing your partner to join in the dancing fun.

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You’ll be sure to enjoy their lively rendition of “The Beer Barrel Polka,” which is the quintessential favorite for any Octoberfest gathering. And who doesn’t love “Dance Little Bird?”
Perhaps you may know it better as “The Chicken Dance!” Prefer a bit of yodeling you say?

“Schutzenliesel” should fit the bill to get your yodel-ay-he-hoo’s going.
The band has been playing all over western North Carolina since 2009. They perform with traditional instruments such as the tuba, accordion, euphonium, clarinet, drum and trumpet.
They will be in full Bavarian style costumes, and may even join dancing Beer Fest goers to show them a new step or two.

Christopher Laughter joins the festival again and if you missed him last year, do yourself a favor and don’t this year.

This 23 year-old charmer from Saluda added so much to the Beer Fest last year that the 2013 Beer Fest Committee unanimously voted to have him back again. He is a musical magician on the accordion, has a lovely singing and yodeling voice, and is a proficient bell ringer.
Who knew bell ringing could be so engaging? (You can check him out on Although he is a young performer, he has more than 15 years of experience, and looks fantastic in his lederhosen. Laughter takes requests and performs off and on from noon-4 p.m.

Local favorite rock band, The Trophy Husbands will take the stage from 5-8 p.m.
They play an eclectic repertoire of Americana and rock with great harmonies and unique arrangements. Band members are Doug Dacey, Andy Costine, Stan Halbkat, Lee Holroyd and Rich Nelson. All consummate musicians, but oddly all are professional artists as well; Doug is a ceramist, Andy is a woodworker, Lee is a multi-media artist, Stan is an ornamental landscaper and Rich is a portrait and gallery artist. With countless years of experience between the five of them, dare we say they could take just about any request and rock the house/tent down?

The Tryon Beer Fest tickets can be purchased online at, or at La’Bouteille in Tryon, Kathleen’s in Saluda or Ken’s Fine Meats in Landrum. Purchase your tickets now for a discount.

Go online to learn more about sponsorship for this event, and to volunteer. Last year’s Fest brought in nearly 500 festival goers, and this year’s numbers are expected to exceed that. Get your tickets while you can, they are limited.

This is a Tryon Downtown Development Association sponsored event. You can even follow the event on Facebook.