If the cars and colorful tents didn’t tip you off, the big white sign on Grayson Parkway certainly did: this past Saturday (October 24), Grayson hosted it’s sixth annual Blues & Brews festival.
The yearly gathering in the park saw hundreds of craft beer and/or blues music aficionados gather inside the gates to sample some of the best of local craftsmanship. For $40, attendees were given an ID band and a tasting glass, and were set free to sample the dozens of brews available from vendors.
While patrons patrolled the grounds, they were treated to the music of Atlanta blues legend Tinsley Ellis as well as Tommy Tarlton. Food was served by the Hail Mary Sports Pub, Big Daddy Que, Tracy’s Tasties, and the Grayson Masonic Lodge. There was even a boozy ice cream vendor dishing out scoops that tasted a bit like shots.
Celebrating the art of craft beer isn’t the same as celebrating drunkenness, however; the event coordinators made sure to send that message clearly. Attendees were offered a discount rate ($15) if they chose to be designated drivers and the Snellville City Council loaned their “Choose Your Ride” car to the proceedings. It sat prominently to the left of the music stage to remind attendees to be wise when it came time to leave.
The event ran from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM and was overseen by the awesome Team Grayson: Gail Lane, Mayor Allison Wilkerson, Council Member Laurie Anderson, City Administrator Laura Cone, and several members of Team Minion. Police officers and event workers were on-hand throughout the day to check identifications before entry and to ensure every one had a safe and enjoyable time.
A gallery of images can be seen below.