The first ever Ales West Festival took place Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Metropolitan in downtown St. Joseph.

The festival was made up of six breweries and eight homebrewers for a total of 14 vendors throughout the event. Guests had the chance to meet new people, try different craft beers, listen to music and more.

Event Organizer Brian Myers said that the event was great for bringing people together.

“It’s about more than just drinking beer,” Myers said. “This is about a community of people getting together, sharing what they create — in their own homes and in their own breweries — and sharing it with the public. Couldn’t be more excited to host this first event here in St. Joseph, and we’re already planning the one for next year.”

David Paige was at the event with DP Brewing Company and he was happy how the day went and can’t wait to see how it grows.

“I think it’s a great first year,” Paige said. “I think there’s so much to build from on this; We had a good first year, there’s a lot of people here, and I think every year is going to get bigger.”

Paige said it was great to see so many people there who were passionate about their beer, and the biggest compliment was watching people come back to his company’s table over and over again.

The home brewers at the event were Bad Ash Brewing, DP Brewing, Peacock Brewing, Red Barn Brewhouse, Rusty Tin, Six Dicks Brewing, Wandering Druid and The Wizard’s Brewery. The local breweries were Boulevard Brewing Co., Free State Brewing, KC Bier Co., Pipeworks Brewing, Riverbluff Brewing and Rochester Brewing.

Myers said that the event took about six months to plan before they were ready for the public.

“We’ve got a giant network of people here who brew their own beer, and a lot of them are here showing what they create,” Myers said. “It’s a very unique event for our community. I’m thrilled that people in our community have showed up to support it, and I’m really looking forward to what next year’s event will bring.”

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