The 10th annual Erie Micro Brew Festival took over the Brewerie at Union Station Saturday.
The beer fest has brought in breweries from all over for a decade now.
But this year, WQLN President and CEO, Tom New, wanted to make the experience unique.
New says, “We’re trying to separate this year’s event from just an event that will serve the kind of beer you can get at a grocery store or you can get at a bottle shop.”
Twenty-eight small, regional micro breweries from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio helped to create the atmosphere new says around 1200 people came out to enjoy.
New says, “We call this a beer festival but it’s really a talk festival. And when the regular session begins and this crowd doubles, the noise, the chatting about all the stuff and pretty much everybody says the same thing. They’ve got a good glass of beer and they’re just having a good Saturday afternoon.”
New also says the event serves as a big fundraiser for their programming at WQLN.
New says, “We like to say that it goes right into our kids programming. You know, so “Curious George,” “Arthur,” Seasme Street,” they’re all going to benefit from today. But the person who will benefit the most is the viewer of WQLN because this event eliminates an entire week of pledge on television.”
And different sponsors of the event were happy to contribute to the cause.
Myron Nordin says, “Anything to help kids is such a great cause.”
Eric Mikovach says, “It something that we like to support being a business in Erie and the fact we appreciate what WQLN does for our community we’re happy to be a small part of the cause.”
The beer festival was split into two sessions – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. 8 p.m.