PHOTOS • BY REBECCA GALLERY
On the Fourth of July, downtown Takoma Park was in full patriotic spirit with not only the annual parade entertaining the crowds, but the return of Republic’s Freedom Fest.
Entering it’s third year in Takoma Park, Freedom Fest is any beer lover’s delight. Featuring all-you-can-drink samples of over twenty craft beers, an unlimited buffet of gourmet snacks and the occasional flash mob dessert brigade delivering sweet treats; Freedom Fest had a little something for everyone.
“I love it. Freedom Fest is such a good time, I feel like I am hosting a BBQ for my friends” said Andre Cole, Republic team member.
The event kicked off at 11 am with a crowd lined up and ready for the moment the doors opened.
Once inside, each guest was greeted by Republic staff in full red, white and blue flair. They handed out a seemingly endless supply of patriotic beaded necklaces and American flags to attendees.
The third Freedom Fest was family-friendly. There were children of all ages spending the holiday with their families. “This is a great thing to see in Takoma.” said Republic team member Julian Schneider.
Music filled the air with acts Jonny Grave and the Tombstones and Rock-A-Sonics. “Freedom Fest is a positive and fun experience for craft brew fans and families alike.” said Jonny Grave, singer and guitarist of the Tombstones. The music rocked the house all day and night getting people up on their feet dancing.
Hellbender Brewing Company Co-Owner Patrick Mullane brought along three craft beers: Southern Torrent, Ignite (a new IPA) and Biere Degarde — a French strong ale).
Up and coming independent home brewery Alien Robot Brewing Company was also present featuring their Freiheist Fest beer, created by homebrew partners Julian Schneider and Brett Robison.
Jailbreak Brewery was also an immense crowd pleaser offering their rich and elaborate chocolate stout as well as a jalapeno IPA. “This beer has all of the flavors of jalapeno but none of the overpowering spice.” declared beer lover Corey Hoffman.
Another local favorite Denizens Brewery was present with their Southern Rye IPA (the first locally-made beer distributed in Montgomery County under the revised liquor regulations), Born Bohemian and Whodunnit?.
For the second year in a row, Takoma Park’s Fourth of July was doused with buckets of rain, but no rain could stop Freedom Fest beer lovers from enjoying the holiday to it’s fullest extent. “The food, the music and the vibe brings this community together today” declared Corey Welcher while sipping a cold beer.
With over 450 guests in attendance this year, Freedom Fest is becoming a Takoma Park Independence Day tradition.
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