Rhythm & Brews expands to two days

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How to go

What: Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer and Music Fest

When: 4-11 p.m. Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18

Where: The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp.

Cost: Free

Parking: Parking is available all around the square and at Lakota West High School.

More info: www.rhythmandbrews.org. Rhythm & Brews also has an up-to-date Facebook page. No outside coolers or lawn chairs permitted.

In its second year, Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer and Music Fest will expand to a two-day event on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18.

Benefitting Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, there will be more than 20 craft beers and music from four artists/bands, Noah Smith, 3 Day Rule, School of Rock Mason and Naked Karate Girls, as well as food items from local restaurants and more. The event will be held at The Square @ Union Centre.

“We are fortunate to have organizations that want to host these kinds of events in West Chester, and for West Chester they blend very much to our recognition as one of America’s best places to live,” said Barb Wilson, spokeswoman for West Chester Twp.

She said festivals help define a community and offer opportunities for the people who work and live here to gather and build a sense of community and neighborhood.

“The Rhythm & Brews event speaks to that new trend and fascination with craft beer. The Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty do an excellent job of making the event happen. This will be its second year. It was a great time last year, and I’m sure it will be even better this year,” Wilson said.

Local brewers like Dogberry Brewing and 50 West Brewing Company will be on site as well as Taft’s Ale House, Christian Moerlein Lagers and Ales, and Ohio Eagle Distributing.

There will also be a “taste of West Chester” with food offerings from local favorites such as Troy’s Café and Remi J’s Barbecue, to name a few,

School of Rock Mason will perform on Friday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., followed by headliner Noah Smith, who will perform on Friday from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. On Saturday, 3 Day Rule will take the stage at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and more music will follow from Naked Karate Girls at 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Last year, the event was very successful with building awareness for the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, letting people know we are here in West Chester/Liberty and happy to serve their families,” said Beth Simminger, director of donor relations, Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.

This year we are incorporating more fun things that will center on fund raising, definitely benefitting the Boys & Girls Club, she said.

“One of the things we are going to have this year is a Flip Cup Tournament, and that’s one-night only on Friday evening,” Simminger said.

About 5,000 guests attended last year's one-day event, and the fundraiser brought in about $15,000. This year the event could raise around $40,000 to support the Boys & Girls Club's programs, officials said. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty, go online to www.bgcwcl.com.