Jeff Schaeffer, who owns Peconic County Brewing, enjoys the various live events breweries in his hometown of Patchogue host throughout the year.
Now, he’s taking a stab at organizing what he hopes will be an epic event in Riverhead next month, when Peconic County Brewing hosts its inaugural Beer and Music Fest.
The Sept. 10 event, which will run from noon to 10 p.m., is expected to liven up Grangabel Park with a variety of beer, food, music and vendors.
“We want to support Riverhead,” Schaeffer said. “All the great things that Patchogue’s been doing for years, we want Riverhead to be like a little Patchogue, and I think we can do a great job here.”
“We’ll have a really great food concession area inside the old-fashion pump houses,” he continued. “We will have vendors, we’ll axe throwing, we’ll have crafts.”
The festival’s performance lineup includes Oogee Wawa, The 90’s Band, Decadia, The Fast Lane, South Bound and Jill Gioia.
As for the suds, fans of the brewery can expect their favorites on tap, including the Hampton Haze IPA, as well as a last hurrah batch of the seasonal Coopers Summer Ale.
General admission tickets are available here through the brewery’s website for $40. For $50, attendees can purchase a general admission ticket that additionally includes two hours of beer tasting from noon to 2 p.m., which grants guests access to try different, exclusive brews.
The brewery’s website includes a parking map that highlights various parking lots along the Peconic River and Main Street that festival goers may consider using.
After six months of planning, Schaeffer is excited to host his first music festival.
“Once we decided [Grangabel Park] was a location I could use, we thought this would be a home run for the Town of Riverhead,” Schaeffer said. “It’s surrounded by the river, there’s all this neon light-up art pieces spread out through the event that will be lit up at night. It will be a once in a lifetime experience down here in Riverhead.”