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Fun summer night on tap at Martinsburg's Boots, Brews & BBQ

Fun summer night on tap at Martinsburg's Boots, Brews & BBQ

Some people feel the recipe for the perfect summer night includes great music, beer and barbecue.

Main Street Martinsburg has crafted an event that checks every item on that list.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, from 3 to 7 p.m., the organization will host their second annual Boots, Brews & BBQ event on Martinsburg’s town square.

Randy Lewis, executive director of Main Street Martinsburg, said the new event replaced the city’s annual bike night last year.

“We decided to do something more pertaining to craft beers so we decided to do a craft beer event. The first year was very successful, it did rain for 20 minutes but after that the sun came out and we had a record-breaking first year of sales so I’m hoping that this year will be even better,” Lewis said.

Approximately 1,200 people attended the event last year, according to Lewis.

“It’s a great event for bringing people downtown. Main Street Martinsburg’s mission is to bring and promote ... enhance the downtown. We are a vehicle bringing people in the downtown. This event is a sense of community, people having fun, shopping local, eating local and buying local. Just another part of revitalizing a downtown with these events, making people aware what we have to offer in downtown Martinsburg,” Lewis said.

This year’s event will feature more than 35 craft brews to sample from local and national brewers including Antietam Brewery, Big Timber, Champion Brewing, Devil’s Backbone, Elysian, Fin City, Flying Dog, Golden Road, Leinenkugel, Mountain State, New Belgium, Parkersburg Brewing Company, Sam Adams, Stone Wall, Sweet Water, Terrapin, Winchester Cider Works and others.

“We are adding a few ciders to the event,” Lewis said. “The brewers are actually coming from our three beer distributors Reid’s, Jefferson and Martin’s distributing companies.” He added that West Virginia state law (dictates that) I have to go through these beer distributors to get the breweries but they have some representatives coming some for some of these breweries.

The event also features local barbecue to taste, and live music by the Nathan Bartgis Band.

Bartgis of Hedgesville, W.Va., is a Nashville recording artist who over the past year has released eight original recordings. He said his band plays a combination of country and Southern rock, with a little bit of blues mixed in.

“We do play mostly original stuff that I write and we do some covers,” Bartgis said.

He said the band covers several artists such as Jamie Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers Band and The Georgia Satellites.

“For about a three-hour show like we will do at the barbecue, we will do about 60% originals and about 40% covers,” he said.

Lewis said the event will take place rain or shine and canopies will be up in case of inclement weather.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets include 10 pours and a souvenir glass. For those who would like additional tastings, additional tickets can be purchased for 5 more pours at $12 per additional ticket.

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