Downtown hosts River City Grapes & Hops Festival

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Ten breweries and wineries were pouring some of the product downtown Saturday.

They gathered on Fifth Street between Columbia and Main streets for the third annual River City Grapes and Hops Festival.

The event raised funds to support educational activities put on by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Kathy Atwell, executive director of the association, said there were previously many breweries along area canals and rivers.

They existed in the area before prohibition put many of them out of business. She said it’s fun to bring regional beer and wine back to the area.

“Some couples, one likes wine [and] one likes beer. So, we thought that sounds kind of fun,” said Atwell. “And we were looking at the history of breweries and wineries in Lafayette, so we thought it would be fun to do both. And it’s really worked out very well.”

In addition to tasting brews and wines, there was music put on by the Knickerbocker Saloon and food for purchase from Sovereign Catering. Guests were also able to tour the historic Lahr Autrium.

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