OCTOBERFEST PHOTOS: Beer and wings are a hit at the Riverwalk

A little rain in the morning didn’t prevent a whole bunch of people from drinking some beer and eating wings in the afternoon. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Joseph Grebla of Shelton, left, pours a beer for Ed White of Wolcott at the Two Roads Brewery (Stratford) tent.

Joseph Grebla of Shelton, left, pours a beer for Ed White of Wolcott at the Two Roads Brewery (Stratford) tent.

Many hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Hoptoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Riverwalk (Veterans Memorial Park) in Shelton.

“It’s a chance to experience different brewers, hang out with friends, eat wings, and drink beer,” said Derrick Champagne, who was enjoying the festivities with a group of friends.

Carly Paul, left, of Porky’s in downtown Shelton prepares to dish out some wings to a hungry festival-goer.

Carly Paul, left, of Porky’s in downtown Shelton prepares to dish out some wings to a hungry festival-goer.

Champagne’s wife, Jennifer, is active with the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club, which organizes the event.

Scores of craft brewers were represented as well as about a dozen restaurants. Despite the wet start to the day, the rain subsided by starting time although it remained overcast. Turnout appeared to be about the same as in 2013.

The festival included live music, a Hoptoberfest merchandise booth, and a few non-beer vendor tables.

 

‘Having a good time’

Jessica Beach and Casey Gorman, both of Shelton, dropped by to partake in the offerings. “We’re supporting the Rotary Club while having a good time,” said Gorman, who also performed music on stage.

Sarah and husband Brad Crilley of Derby show they know how to down some wings.

Sarah and husband Brad Crilley of Derby show they know how to down some wings.

“It’s an afternoon with family and friends, and music and beer — what can be better than that,” Gorman said.

Kenny Bullard, who grew up in Shelton, came with girlfriend Lauren Bruno. They were checking out the tent of Yuengling beer, a Pennsylvania beer that promotes itself as “America’s oldest brewery.”

“This is awesome,” Bullard said of all the people and the wide beer selection. “We like beer.” Bullard is a 2008 Shelton High graduate. The couple lives in Rocky Hill.

Karen and husband Bob Price of Fairfield relish the beer and the ribs.

Karen and husband Bob Price of Fairfield relish the beer and the ribs.

“It’s fun,” said Karen Price of Fairfield, attending with her husband, Bob.

“The wings are very good,” Bob said. “I’ll probably eat eight to 12 of them, at least.”

Their daughter Lauren P. Kazzi helped to organize the event for the Rotary Club.

From left, Derrick Champagne of Shelton, Bill Farmer of Shelton, Charlie Hagerty of New Jersey, Mark Zito of Shelton, and Steve Seyer of Shelton are all smiles at Hoptoberfest.

From left, Derrick Champagne of Shelton, Bill Farmer of Shelton, Charlie Hagerty of New Jersey, Mark Zito of Shelton, and Steve Seyer of Shelton are all smiles at Hoptoberfest.

Many attendees wore pretzel necklaces, a tradition among craft beer festival fans. They eat the pretzels as they consume beer during the course of the event. “It quenches the palate,” said Charlie Hagerty of New Jersey.

Kenny Bullard, a 2008 Shelton High graduate who now lives in Rocky Hill, and girlfriend Lauren Bruno at the beer and wings event.

Kenny Bullard, a 2008 Shelton High graduate who now lives in Rocky Hill, and girlfriend Lauren Bruno at the beer and wings event.

Checking out the merchandise at the Hoptoberfest store.

Checking out the merchandise at the Hoptoberfest store.

Chris O’Neil was pouring Sebago Brewing Co. beer from Maine.

Chris O’Neil was pouring Sebago Brewing Co. beer from Maine.

Jessica Beach and Casey Gorman, both of Shelton, settle in at the 2014 Hoptoberfest craft beer festival and wing contest at the Riverwalk.

Jessica Beach and Casey Gorman, both of Shelton, settle in at the 2014 Hoptoberfest craft beer festival and wing contest at the Riverwalk.

Hoptoberfest beer glasses were available for purchase.

Hoptoberfest beer glasses were available for purchase.

Howie and the Soul Potatoes perform at the event.

Howie and the Soul Potatoes perform at the event.

Bricks & Barley was one of the local restaurants serving wings.

Bricks & Barley was one of the local restaurants serving wings.

Checking out the merchandise at the Hoptoberfest store.

Checking out the merchandise at the Hoptoberfest store.

Lauren Giannone, representing Yuengling Beer, pours some brew into Shelton native Kenny Bullard’s cup.

Lauren Giannone, representing Yuengling Beer, pours some brew into Shelton native Kenny Bullard’s cup.

 

 

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