About 1,000 enjoy Beer and Wine Fest

Andrea Rose For Echo Pilot
Alan Tumblin, owner/manager of Castlerigg Wine Shop in Carlisle, pours a Riesling for Megan Brown of Hagerstown, during the fifth annual Greencastle-Antrim Craft Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday. ANDREA ROSE/FOR ECHO PILOT

About 1,000 people packed the parking lot of Antrim Way Honda Saturday for the fifth annual Greencastle-Antrim Craft Beer and Wine Festival sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

"The weather is nice, we're having a great time," said Megan Brown of Hagerstown, who was attending the festival as part of a birthday celebration for her friend.

The event included more than 45 breweries and six wineries under warm, sunny skies.

"W'eve had a long, cold winter. The weather is fantastic," said Georgina Cranston, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. "People are super excited to be out. This is like a mini-vacation."

"We feel this fulfills one of the missions of the chamber, community vitality," Cranston explained. "If we bring 1,000 people out to this event and they have a good time, they will return to our community."

The craft beer and wine festival is the largest fundraiser for the chamber, Cranston said.

Brown said she was enjoying the selection of wines. "I like that," she said of a Castlerigg Riesling. "I enjoy a good wine. I'm more of a white wine drinker, but I can do red, too."

Troy Carbaugh of Chambersburg said it's a tradition to attend the festival.

"We've been here every year," he said. "Being out with friends and having good beer, it's a good time."

Carbaugh stopped to taste a Perpetual IPA served by Tröegs Independent Brewing of Hershey. "A lot of people love IPAs," said Jancy Nightingale, marketing events coordinator for Tröegs. "It's a go-to."