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Raise a glass at Raise the Roof

Volunteers and staff at Historic Christ Church & Museum, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, are gearing up to host their fourth annual “Raise the Roof” Craft Beer Fest from 1 to 6 p.m. July 15.

The event will be inclusive, offering music, a dozen Virginia craft beers, wine, soft drinks and water, barbecue or vegetarian fare and homemade ice cream, reported publicity chairman Marilyn Hedges.

Beer lovers will have a choice of lagers, IPAs, Porters and farmhouse ale. Wine lovers can enjoy tastings from this year’s featured winery, Ingleside Vineyards, said Hedges.

Ticketholders can choose five generous Virginia beer tastings, served in a souvenir pint glass to add to their collections from previous Raise the Roof Craft Beer Fests. The beers will include Blue Mountain Lager, a beer conditioned at low temperatures, and Parkway Brewing’s Majestic Mullet Krispy Kolsch, a clear, bright straw-yellow hue brewed from Pilsner malt.

Pale Fire’s Village Green Double IPA and Green Flash’s Tangerine Soul Style IPA will please hop lovers. St. George’s Porter, Pleasure House’s Glo Belgium-Style Blond and Alpine’s Willy Vanilly, a wheat beer with vanilla, are some of the other choices.

Willaby’s of White Stone will provide barbecue or vegetarian fare. Water and soft drinks will also be available. The event again will feature homemade ice cream from Short Lane in Gloucester; vanilla and chocolate or, for adults, Armagnac, using a recipe from Colonial Virginia times.

Two bands will provide entertainment. Good Shot Judy performs a mix of jazz and swing. Bobby “BlackHat” Walters’ band features Walters on the harmonica and guitarist Tom Euler from Hartfield. Children and adults will enjoy the music and the food, said Hedges.

Tickets are $45 for adults, $15 for ages 6-20 and free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets include five beer or wine tastings, a souvenir glass, soft drinks and water, barbecue or vegetarian fare and ice cream. Additional beverage and meal tickets will be available for purchase during the event.

Ticketholders should bring a photo ID as well as their own lawn chairs or blankets and please, no pets or coolers, said Hedges.

This annual event supports preservation and education programs at Christ Church. To purchase tickets, visit

Rappahannock Record Staff
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