15th annual Red River Wine, Beer Festival kicks off Saturday

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Wine will be pouring and beer will be on tap at the 15th annual Red River Wine and Beer Festival.  

The Red River Wine and Beer Festival has become a staple in Wichita Falls as wine lovers can come taste more than 60 different wine samples.

Co-Chair Lesa Reimers said when the event was started they didn’t imagine it making 15 years.

“Will we hoped that it would continue to grow each year and which it has,” Reimers said. “Each year it gets bigger and bigger. Last year we had to expand to the other side because it has grown that much. It’s a fun event and just keeps growing.”

The Wichita Falls Brewing Company is making its first appearance at the event and because of the different beers, they sell they don’t believe they have to compete against the bigger breweries.

“We are such a small market segment,” Wichita Falls Brewing Company Vice President Russ Reynolds said. “Such a small total amount of sales compared to all of the big beer that I think a rising tide raises all shifts so we are actually distributing soon in the DFW and Denton area.”

Reynolds said feels at the end of the day, being local will be why they stand out above the rest as well as introducing a new flavor.

“You get a local product that is brewed on sight,” Reynolds said. “We do use All-American ingredients and we are putting our own spin on a few things. We’ve got a few things that other people don’t have our pineapple upside down shift seasonal beer with glitter in it is going to be a new release.”

Come this weekend, the Wichita Falls Brewing Company hopes to gain new customers and continue their growth as hundreds at the wine & beer festival have a great time.    

The festival is Saturday from 6-10 p.m. at the J.S. Bridwell Ag Center. Ticket prices are $25 per person before the event or $30 at the door and all of the money raised goes to local non-profits.

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