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Brewers of PA Announce Inaugural Brew PA Craft Brewers Festival

SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2016

Tannersville, Pa. (July 19, 2016) – Craft beer brewers, beer connoisseurs and beginners will unite September 10 and 11, 2016 to mingle, dine, and sample upwards of 250 diverse craft beers at the inaugural BrewPA Craft Brewers Festival held at Camelback Resort in the Pocono Mountains. After five years of dutiful planning and coordination, the Brewers of Pennsylvania and Camelback Resort will launch what is poised to be one of the grandest craft brew festivals in the State of Pennsylvania.

Celebrating Pa. brewers, the event will be a far cry from your typical beer festival. BrewPA will run an entire weekend and feature a unique community of 80 Pennsylvania-based brewers, who will personally discuss and pour samples of their finest crafts – from Pale Ales, Weissbiers, Stouts and Porters to Scotch Ales, Belgians, fruit beers, Barley wines and many more.

“Pennsylvania is quickly becoming the Bavaria of the U.S., with the state ranking number one in barrels of craft beer produced, number two in economic impact, and number eight in the amount of craft breweries,” said Dan LaBert, executive director of Brewers of Pennsylvania. “With craft beer continuing to grow in popularity and new breweries emerging daily, we are really excited to be launching what is undoubtedly going to be a unique and special festival.”

In addition to the beer tasting, festival-goers can choose from an array of entertainment and events to enhance their experience. A Friday evening Welcome Party will kick things off followed by a weekend of fun and engaging activities such as a VIP tasting and food pairing session, beer and waffle breakfasts, a “Meet the Brewers” dinner and live entertainment.

The activities climax on Saturday evening with an exclusive 21 years and over, After Dark Waterpark Party in Camelback Lodge’s Aquatopia, the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, complete with craft tap takeovers. Brewers and festival attendees will spend the night riding 13 adrenaline-inducing waterslides, relaxing in Mystic Hot Springs, and sampling more craft beer at Flyboys, a swim-up bar, all in a tropical 84-degree setting.

BrewPA tickets can be purchased as a one- or two-day experience. Event add-on options include special lodging packages with indoor waterpark access, designated driver tickets and a VIP Experience with early admission to the entire festival and food pairing.

For more information about the event, tickets and lodging packages, go to

BrewPA will also lay claim to a new annual beer competition, exclusive to Pennsylvania craft brewers. Brewers can enter their most prized beers to a panel of judges, who will determine the gold, silver and bronze medals that best represent each beer-style category and brewing excellence.

One BrewPA brewer will be the recipient of the first annual Frederick Lauer Cup award, exemplifying Best in Show as selected by BrewPA attendees. Frederick Lauer was a 19th-century brewing pioneer who settled in Reading, Pa., and was the first president of the United States Brewers Association.

“We can’t wait to host one of the best craft beer festivals in the country that truly celebrates the Pennsylvania brewers, in partnership with the Brewers of Pa.,” said Brian Czarnecki, vice president of sales and marketing at Camelback Resort. “If you are a beer enthusiast, a novice or even just a fan of great beer, this is the weekend for you in the Pocono Mountains.”

BrewPA 2016 is sponsored in part by Yuengling, America’s oldest operating brewery, established in 1829, and headquartered in Pottsville, Pa.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
5:00PM – Welcome party, craft specials & brewery tours at Barley Creek Brewing Company

Saturday, Sept. 10

  • 9:00AM – 11:30AM Iconic Beers & Waffles breakfast at Trails End Pub & Grille, slope side at Camelback Lodge
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM VIP private tasting, food pairing and VIP glass
  • 1:00PM – 5:00PM BrewPA General Session
  • 2:30 PM – BrewPA competition award presentation
  • 5:00PM – 8:00PM After party at the slope side Trails End Pub & Grille with craft tap takeovers
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM Meet the Brewers Dinner & Craft Beer Pairing at Camelback Lodge
  • 9:00PM – Midnight Aquatopia After Dark Party at the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast

Sunday, Sept. 11

  • 9:00AM – 11:30AM Beers & Waffles breakfast at Trails End Pub & Grille
  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM BrewPA General Session
  • 4:00PM – 7:00PM After party at Trails End Pub & Grille at Camelback Lodge with tap takeovers

About the Brewers of Pennsylvania – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, brings together leaders of Pa.-based breweries in order to promote and protect the brewing industry in the state. A 501c6 trade association, the BOP is a strong and influential organization, serving the consuming public of Pa. by encouraging brand diversity in the market. BOP members employ an estimated 10,000 employees earning $296 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in direct economic benefits to communities throughout the state. For more information visit

About Camelback Resort – Camelback Resort, located at the base of Camelback Mountain in Tannersville, Pa., opened in 1963 and will host more than 1.6 million guests in 2016. Seasonal attractions include: Camelbeach, the largest outdoor waterpark in Pa.; Camelback Mountain Adventures offering ziplines, treetops obstacle courses, mountain coaster and more; Camelback Mountain skiing and snowboarding, and the largest snowtubing park in the country. With the 2015 opening of 453-room Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia, the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, Camelback Resort now offers more year-round adventure at one mountain resort than anywhere in the country. For more information visit

Media Contact:

Erin Ruppenthal, Camelback Resort
608.206.5796 |

Brian Czarnecki, Camelback Resort
570.517.9962 |

Wayne Henninger, Wayne Henninger Communications (BOP)
570.573.6556 |