Main Street Martinsburg hosts first Boots Brews BBQ event
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Residents of Martinsburg can drink the best beer local microbreweries have to offer, all while dancing to country music and chowing down on pulled pork and brisket.
The inaugural Boots Brews BBQ will take place in town square from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. It is replacing the Bike Night event that was usually held in Martinsburg in August.
“We decided not to do it this year because events kind of run its course,” said Randy Lewis, executive director of Main Street Martinsburg
In its stead Main Street Martinsburg organized Boots Brews BBQ, an event that marries country music, microbrews and slow-cooked meats.
“We decided to do a microbrew event because everybody’s into craft beers,” Lewis said. “One of our committee members came up with the name Boots Brews and BBQ. Everybody likes country music, most people like brews, and a lot of people like barbecue. It’s our newest addition to our main street lineup. Hopefully, it will be an annual event. You can sample 35 plus craft beers, and you can dig into some amazing local pop-up barbecues.”
There are many local vendors who will have their barbecue featured at the event.
“We have Fat Jack’s Bartley-Q,” Lewis said. “We’ll have two of the newest restaurants down, Brix27 and the Peppermill. We’ll also have Mountaineer Meat Smokers. Then we have Sewell’s Ribs and Chicken. We also will have ROCS, the convenient store, they’ll have pulled pork and brisket.”
Lewis is very particular in his taste concerning barbecue sauces.
“I like the sweet barbecue,” he said. “I don’t like the Carolina stuff. I like the sloppy, sweet thick sauce. I like it all, but they’re going to have different types.”
The event will host more than 35 different microbreweries.
“Champion Brewery is pretty popular,” Lewis said. “Flying Dog, Goose Island, there’s a brewery called Morgantown. Devils Backbone is a popular one.”
Delivering the country music for the night will be one of Winchester, Va.’s favorites.
“We have Mark Bray and the Steel Soul Cowboys,” Lewis said. “They’re from the Winchester area. We’re looking forward to hearing them.”
Proceeds of the event go to Main Street Martinsburg.
“The proceeds go back to Main Street Martinsburg’s general funds,” Lewis said. “We do a lot of events. Sometimes with the expenses of those events we have to pay for. We buy Christmas banners, things for our downtown, beautification projects. We put money into our local farmer’s market.”
Lewis believes that events like Boots Brews BBQ are great for making the people of Martinsburg stronger.
“I think these events we do for our community brings our community together,” he said. “It brings traffic downtown and gives a sense of pride. New local shops are starting to come back, and great local restaurants. There are great private partnerships that are getting involved, which is good. It says we have a viable downtown.”
Top photo: Mark Bray and the Steel Soul Cowboys will perform as part of Boots Brews and BBQ in Martinsburg, W.Va. (Submitted photo)