iPick - Pa*BREW*cah & Beat Beethoven

By: Sarah Ladd

Paducah loves its craft beers and a lot of beer lovers were excited when Dry Ground Brewing Company and Paducah Beer Werks opened. If you like to sip on one of the many craft beers being brewed these days then we have an event for you! The Paducah Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is hosting their annual signature event, PaBREWcah Beer Fest. This popular fundraiser will take place on Saturday, June 17 from Noon-5pm, in the floodwall parking lot of historic Downtown Paducah. You can sample beers, enjoy delicious food, and listen to great live music. Let’s all say “cheers” to that!

Even More Breweries!

This year marks the second annual PaBREWcah, and organizers have increased the number of breweries represented. It’s a fantastic day where you can sample many regional beers including brand new creations to taste before they are officially released. More than 25 breweries will be represented; most bringing multiple types of beer to taste. Some of the beers that will be on tap are new releases and they will be a secret until the day of the event  - so you don’t want to miss this year’s PaBREWcah!

“There’s an app for that!”

I spoke with Morgan Walker, Business & Operations Manager for PSO, about the festival. “PA*BREW*CAH Beer Fest will be on the app Untappd,” explained Walker. “This will give beer lovers the ability to check in their beers as they try them, and have full access to information about the breweries and individual beers featured at the festival. Attendees will receive a commemorative beer glass, a beer punch card good for multiple samples of beer - all for only $25. You can buy delicious food on site, from one of the many food vendors.” 

Current confirmed breweries include: Blue Stallion Brewing, Dry Ground Brewing, Ethereal Brewing, Leinenkugel's, Paducah Beer Werks, Perrylodgic Brewing, Sam Adams, West Sixth Brewing, Schlafly, Rhinegeist and White Squirrel Brewery. These breweries are an eclectic mix and are from all over, including California, New York, Louisville, Lexington, St. Louis, and of course, Paducah.

Of course there will be live music to enjoy while you drink including great local bands such as Leonard the Band and the Alonzo Pennington Band, as well as Great Peacock from Nashville.

DD’s Get in Free!

Tickets are available for $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event – so buy them now! Attendees are encouraged to bring a designated driver with them. The DD’s will be allowed in the event free of charge, but will not be served any alcoholic beverages. (Don’t worry - they’ve got good music to listen to and food to eat - they’ll be fine!)

To purchase your ticket, visit PaBREWcah.org, go to the PSO office at 222 Kentucky Ave, or visit Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits, Wagner Wine & Spirits, or the Paducah Cigar Company. For more information, contact Paducah Symphony Orchestra at 270.444.0065.

But First - Beat Beethoven!

Beethoven is known for his complex melodies, but less so as a dedicated runner! If you think you have what it takes to Beat Beethoven, give it a shot! As part of the beer fest this year, the PSO is incorporating its signature Beat Beethoven 5K run and walk. This exciting race is set to the classical tunes of Beethoven. And of course, Beethoven himself will be on hand to set the tone for the event – and so you can literally beat him! 

The idea is to finish the race before Beethoven does. Any runner who finishes before Beethoven will receive a free 16 ounce beer of your choice at PABREWcah Beer Fest with the purchase of a ticket. Those under 21 will receive a free Root Beer at the end of the race. Entry to the 5K Run/Walk is just $30 for Pre-registration (prior to June 9), and $35 after that and on the day of the event. Those who pre-register by May 29 will be guaranteed a race shirt.

The Beat Beethoven race will begin at 8 am, before the beer fest, with registration starting at 6:30. The course will start and end at the intersection of Water Street and Jefferson Street in Downtown Paducah. Prizes will be awarded and runners are grouped by age: 12-16, 16-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61 & up

You can register at the PSO office and on line at pabrewcah.com/BeatBeethoven.

Your Paducah Symphony Orchestra

The Paducah Symphony (PSO) was founded in 1979 to provide the highest quality orchestral and choral music to area residents, as well as employment to professional musicians. All proceeds from PaBREWcah will go to support PSO programs.

The mission of the PSO, currently under the direction of Maestro Raffaele Ponti, is to bring the rewards of great music to a growing and diverse regional audience. The PSO, which is the Carson Center Orchestra-in-Residence, encompasses a wide range of ensembles including the Professional Orchestra, adult Symphony Chorus, multi-county Youth and Children’s Chorus. There is also a thriving Music Education Program.