The weather was great on July 28th for the first official Forged on the Yough festival, which was held in West Newton, PA at Bloom Brew, benefiting downtown West Newton. This festival was designed to showcase Westmoreland County “liquid artists” as well as local food trucks and restaurant stands. Drink tickets were capped at 350, and each vendor brought two sixtels (1/6 of a barrel) of beer with them or the equivalent in the wine or spirit that they create. In addition to the drinking/eating area, there was a family friendly area set up that included two different watershed societies, Joe’s Tackle, the fire department, Takach Custom Forge giving a demonstration, as well as numerous raffles throughout the afternoon. In attendance were Devout Brewing, Country Hammer Moonshine, Quinn Brewing Company, New Crescent Brewing, Laurel Highlands Meadery, Greenhouse Winery, Crooked Creek Distillery, All Saints Brewing, Fury Brewing, Yellow Bridge Brewing, Sobel’s Obscure, and of course, Bloom Brew. Well Strung Bluegrass also performed for the duration.
Like most first time events, there were a few snags that were hit here and there, but overall it went smoothly thanks to the vendors and volunteers that got there early to set up and stayed late to tear down. One of the largest complaints that was overheard was that even though it said there was a ‘family friendly area,’ which there was with the knife forging, childrens’ crafts, and watershed societies, the food stands were in the 21+ area making it difficult for those with children to get the food back and forth. Most of the alcohol vendors ended up running out, which is great, and a few, like the winery and moonshine stands, were also selling jars/bottles of their product to go.
This festival definitely has room to grow, and as the liquid artists in Westmoreland County expand, there will always be new companies to add to the festival. It was a great time, and hopefully everyone in attendance had as much fun as I did just volunteering. Were you there? What did you think of it? Let me know!