WELLSBORO — About 100 people attended the first ever Home Brewer’s Expo, held Oct. 5 at the Deane Center in Wellsboro.
Organizer Brooke Weller said the event generated nearly $1,000 for Asa’s Place, a residential pediatric recovery facility serving up to six infants, and additionally a court-appointed special advocate program for children in the foster care system and a children’s advocacy center which serves child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
There were 15 home brews for attendees to sample, said Weller.
“All in all, it went very well. No one got out of control. Everything went very smooth,” he said. “It was great for round one.”
Jake Tomlinson of Wellsboro brought a spruce ale, made using spruce boughs, along with a pale ale for visitors to sample. He has been home brewing for 15 years and “makes a little bit of everything.”
“This helps the brewers and helps a charity,” said Tomlinson. “I think it’s pretty cool that this town is doing something like this.”
Seated around a table in the lobby sampling the beer were Todd Bensinger, Mike Wolferman from Mansfield, and Tom Sweigard. The three are camping friends at Stony Fork Creek Campground.
Wolferman learned about the event on Facebook and invited his friends.
“We love beer and what else can you do on a Saturday afternoon,” said Wolferman.
He praised the blueberry ale, saying it was not overly sweet. Bensinger, a craft beer maker, said he prefers more hoppy mixes, sours and IPAs.
Sweigard, who usually drinks Miller Lite, said his wife was painting a scarecrow and “this sounded better.”
Weller hopes to hold another Home Brewer’s Expo, tentatively looking for sometime in February.
“Thanks to everyone for coming out and lets do it again,” he said.