Kokosing River BrewFest

The Foundation for Knox Community Hospital and Stein Brewing Company team up for the inaugural Kokosing River BrewFest, from 1-10 p.m. on August 24 in downtown Mount Vernon. From left to right: Jeffry Scott, KCH development director; Lori Wilkes, KCH development coordinator; Dave Stein, owner of Stein Brewing Company; and Rob Shipp, Stein Brew Master.

MOUNT VERNON – Over 25 Ohio microbreweries will converge on Mount Vernon for the Kokosing River BrewFest, scheduled for Saturday, August 24 from 1-10 p.m. on South Main Street.

Mount Vernon will host the inaugural event, which promises to become an annual gathering of craft breweries to highlight an artistic approach to the beer connoisseur.

Kokosing River BrewFest

Spearheading the BrewFest, Dave Stein, proprietor of Stein Brewing Company in Mount Vernon, has traveled to many beer festivals around the country and thinks the timing is right to host such an event.

“I see what’s going on in other festivals, and I know that we have all of the pieces to make it happen here,” said Stein. “Events like this attract a new type of customer and visitor to the area because this is a specialized product for a specialized audience.”

Included in the ticket price, attendees will choose samplings of different beers in a secured area on South Main Street. Also included are vouchers for different food trucks. However, attendees may elect on their own dime to dine in the other restaurants in the area.

Different local favorite bands will provide live entertainment throughout the day. Special “designated driver” tickets are also available for attendees at a discount.

Stein, along with other organizers, is also hopeful that the BrewFest is more than a one-time event.

“When we opened our doors in 2018, we wanted to connect with the non-profit community.” said Stein. “So, we partnered with the Foundation for Knox Community Hospital to help them with their campaign.”

The Foundation is currently involved in a four-year, $40M capital campaign to construct a new Family Care Center, which is to be the home of a state-of-the-art birthing center, cardiac rehabilitation center, and several much-needed offices for the growing hospital services in Knox County.

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Foundation Board Chair, Matt Starr, was grateful for the offer to partner with Stein.

“This is tremendous not only from a fundraising standpoint, but from an economic development one as well,” said Starr. “When the business community does well, they tend to give more to the programs that matter to them on a personal level.

“This is an event that will attract new visitors to the community, so if we can make this a memorable experience for them, [the attendees] will hopefully keep coming back and bring their friends."

More information on the BrewFest is found at FoundationKCH.org/events.