Skate or Die Beerfest

Skate or Die Beerfest is tapping into its fifth year.

The annual event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Corry Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1151 Mead Ave., immediately following Winterfest activities.

"This is our largest fundraiser," said Matt Allyn, president of Skate Corry PA, the organization hosting the festival. "We will have music and entertainment, and all the breweries are going to bring at least two beers to sample."

Presale tickets are $30 per person and tickets at the door will be $35 per person. Individuals must be at least 21 years old to participate.

Each ticket holder will be given a five-ounce glass and will be invited to sample beers from Voodoo Brewery, Full Pint, EBC, Lavery, North Country, Sprague Farm, Erie Brewing, Southern Tier, Blue Canoe and the Brewerie at Union Station.

Skate or Die Beerfest has been scheduled as an after party to Impact Corry's Winterfest, which will be held during the day — Feb. 6 — at Mead Park.

All money raised at the beerfest will be used to pay expenses and maintain the group's equipment at its temporary skating site on a converted tennis court in Corry's Mead Park. 

The nonprofit organization owns a 2.9-acre parcel of land behind Tractor Supply Co. on Hatch Street that it hopes to one day develop into a skate park. Fundraising efforts will help pay for that property's annual taxes and aid in a grant writing process to obtain additional money for the endeavor.

"We are hoping this will be a good year for us," said Allyn, who is also a master brewer. "We want to put some better ramps in and do some resurfacing. We have quite a few different designs."

Allyn owned and operated Voodoo Brewery for seven years. He sold the business, which is based in Meadville, on Friday to its employees. He is now the owner of Allyn Brewing Group and is involved in a number of local business projects. 

A total of 150 tickets will be sold and are currently available at The Corry Journal, 28 W. South St.; Creative Projects, 106 W. Main St.; and Puff-N-Snuff Discount Tobacco, 418 N. Center St. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

 

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