Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival

When Kelly and I learned that Downtown Conway was going to close off a few streets and throw a music and craft beer festival, we knew we had to check it out.  The festival included craft beer tasting, a classic car show, vendors, and music all day.

Kelly and I met our friend, Kayla, on the north side of downtown and walked towards the music.  We passed a small stage featuring a single artist and his guitar as well as the vendors and headed for the mass of people standing in front of the beer tents and the main stage.  Each beer “cost” one ticket.  You could purchase one ticket for $4 or six tickets for $20; a souvenir tasting cup cost $3.

The event staff checked our ID’s at the tent and gave us wrist-bands, our cups, and tickets.  Some of the beer favorites had already tapped out for the day by the time we arrived (around 4pm) but there were still plenty to choose from.  Various beer brands were represented including Harpoon Brewery (UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen was my favorite of the evening), Fox River Brewing Company (Blu – Blueberry Ale was refreshing with a hint of blueberry), Saint Arnold Brewing Company (Lawnmower Ale – not our favorite), Founders Brewing Co. (Dirty Bastard which was a little too malty for me), and more.  The beer pourers were volunteers from the community and many of them were members of Myrtle Beach’s new professional soccer team, the Myrtle Beach Mutiny.  Kelly and I picked up a free ticket to one of their upcoming matches and look forward to cheering them on this summer.

Karen, Kelly, and Kayla enjoy the Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival

Karen, Kelly, and Kayla enjoy the Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival

Unfortunately, we did not realize that the car show ended at 3pm and the vendors were scheduled to leave at 5pm!  Because of this we picked out our first beer and quickly surveyed the vendors who were still there.  We stopped and chatted with The Homebrewer’s Pantry, a homebrew supply store located in Conway, SC that offers ingredients, equipment, and classes on making your own beer and wine.  They gave us a sample of one of their homemade wines and Kelly talked with them about her own wine making hobby.

We were able to peruse a few jewelry booths as well as art booths manned by artists featured in 3rd Avenue Home. We also spent some time talking with Michigan natives who were selling sea glass pendants.  Their colors boasted vibrant blue, purple, and pale yellow.  We are going to look for them at more festivals where they promised to feature more teal sea glass (Go CCU Chanticleers!)

Street food vendors offered hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, and funnel cakes.

There were two stages, one set up at each end of the festival.  Festival go-ers congregated around the main stage and the temporary bleachers set up in the street.  Jesse Rice, Conway native and Nashville songwriter who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s country smash hit, “Cruise,” was one of the last musicians to perform. When he took the stage he played songs he had written and shared stories of growing up in Conway and the musicians he had worked with in Nashville.  Children and adults danced to the music as we all sang along and raised our green tasting cups to toast the beginning of summer in Conway.

Cost: $3 wristband per person, $20 for 6 tickets (we split the cost among the three of us and spent about $10 each)