The 6th Annual “Down A River, Down A Beer” craft beer-tasting festival and fundraiser is moving about a mile downriver from its customary downtown Piqua site this summer due to construction at its traditional location at Lock 9 Park, organizers said.
The annual “DARDAB” fundraiser will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday behind the former Piqua power plant at 919 S. Main St., a park-like area along the Great Miami Riverway.
Proceeds support and promote Piqua’s river and bike-trail systems. Nearly $25,000 has been contributed to local organizations such as Protecting Our Water Ways, Edison State Community College, and Upper Valley Career Center for river-stewardship programs.
Nearly 30 outdoor stations will be staffed by volunteers and stocked with 99 craft beers for sampling, organizers said. Breweries and beer distributors will be on hand to share information about their beers. There will be a silent auction, live music and food trucks. At dusk, River Fire Rings, created and sponsored by French Oil Mill Machinery Company, will be ceremonially lighted with torches to burn throughout the rest of the evening, organizers said.
Advance tickets are $30, available at Mainstreet Piqua, Readmore's Hallmark in Piqua, Miami Valley Wine & Spirits in Tipp City, The Cellar in Troy, and Karoc Filling Station in Sidney or online at www.downariverdownabeer.com. Tickets at the door are $35.