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Start of Something Big: June In January Draws Sellout Crowd

Sometimes a new event struggles to gain a following. Other times, the right idea and time and place come together for an instant hit, one which immediately leaves people clamoring for more. The
inaugural June in January Beer Festival was definitely the latter.

The summer-themed event, hosted by Music Farm Columbia and Craft and Draft, offered guests a chance to enjoy unlimited samples of more than 80 craft beers brewed locally and regionally while listening to live music.

A beautiful sunny Saturday helped the June imagery, as did cornhole games and a grill on the Music Farm patio. The event sold out, with more than 500 people buying tickets and others searching online, hoping to get in.

Midlands Anchor intern and Craft and Draft employee Gray Gaines arrived at the event hours early to set up, but said it was worth the long day. “It was a great turnout, we all had a blast!” she said.

“Live music all day, local bands, 82 beers, food, sunshine, good weather: it sounds pretty simple,” added Andrew Johnson, owner of Craft and Draft.

That simple recipe led to a very successful event, and the organizers are already looking ahead. As the Music Farm Columbia team posted on Facebook, “We had a great time and can’t wait to do it again with y’all next year.”

More photos from the festival are available here.

Anchor interns Gray Gaines and Hannah Robinson contributed to this story

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