By Sarah Stephens
Editor – River Region News
The threat of rain passed as a beautiful blue sky took over and a hot sun beat down on historic downtown Wetumpka for the inaugural CoosaPalooza BeerFest.
The crowd came early and eager. For those who attended close to the opening at 2 p.m. the live music and beer flowed from multiple vendors. However, the craft beer tents soon ran out of the liquid so many came to enjoy and began closing up for the day. The event was originally scheduled to last until 10 p.m.
With this being the first event, sponsored by the City of Wetumpka and Downtown Wetumpka, it was definitely a success. It shows there is a huge interest in craft beer in the area, and perhaps next year organizers and vendors will have a much better idea of the crowd to expect.
A popular spot were two booths offering free water from Eleven86 Water out of Autaugaville. There were also food vendors who seemed to be doing a strong business as the crowds held for the first four hours.
The shortage of choices in beer didn't seem to dampen too many spirits, however, as live music was available, and attendees strolled along the walkway of the Coosa River as the sun began to set.
Many attendees were drawn to the first Wetumpka Jail circa 1820, peering through the barred windows to get a glimpse of history.
Lessons to be learned for next year, but it was definitely a great day to enjoy downtown Wetumpka. Many thanks to the vendors, musicians, volunteers, attendees and organizers of this event.
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