Third annual Tryon Beer Fest Nov. 8 at Tryon Depot Plaza

Published 11:31 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shelley Block and Darlene McFarland enjoy the entertainment and craft beers at the Tryon Beer Fest 2013.  (photo by David Widdicombe)

Shelley Block and Darlene McFarland enjoy the entertainment and craft beers at the Tryon Beer Fest 2013. (photo by David Widdicombe)

With the sounds of an Oompah band and the smell of roasting oysters filling the air, beer enthusiasts from across the region will gather at Tryon Depot Plaza on Saturday, November 8th, for the third annual Tryon Beer Fest. “Tryon Beer Fest has quickly become one of the most popular events in the area,” says Joe Pullara, chair of the event. “And looking at our advanced ticket sales, we are expecting good crowds again.”

More than 25 regional and national craft breweries will be represented. “We’re excited to expose fest-goers to products from smaller breweries such as Bottle Tree, Pisgah, Aviator, Catawba, Hi-Wire, and many more,” says Pullara. “We are also thrilled to once again have a wide selection of beers from favorites such as Highland Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Sierra Nevada, and Sweet Water Brewing Company.”

In addition to tastings, Tryon Beer Fest features a Low-Country oyster roast, which requires an additional ticket. Bavarian fare, pretzels, pizza and an array of desserts are also available for sale, along with non-alcoholic beverages and water. An Oompah band opens the festivities, with Americana and Rock n’ Roll bands taking the stage as the afternoon progresses. And fest-goers are invited to try their hand at games, such as Hammerschlagen and old-fashioned Corn Hole, for the chance to win prizes.

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Adding to the festivities in downtown Tryon on November 8th, Tryon Rolling Art—a car, motorcycle and truck show—will feature a mix of European and American antique, vintage and classic motorized vehicles. The show takes place at Thompson Garden Gallery on Palmer Street, just a few blocks from Tryon Depot Plaza and the Beer Fest.

Tryon Beer Fest runs from noon until 6 p.m., rain or shine. Downtown parking is free and plentiful. The Beer Fest is sponsored by Tryon Downtown Development Association and proceeds go to fund downtown improvements and the Polk County Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.

All tickets are available online at and at La Bouteille Wine Shop and McGourtys Irish Pub in downtown Tryon. A limited number of tasting tickets and non-drinker tickets will be available at the gate for cash only. “We limit ticket sales to keep the event enjoyable for all fest-goers,” says Pullara. “So we highly recommend that those who wish to attend purchase their tickets in advance.” The event is a 21-years old and over event, no one under 21 will be admitted. No pets please.

For more information about Tryon Beer Fest and directions to the event, visit


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by Beth Brand