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PHOTOS: Hundreds enjoy suds in the plaza during soggy brew fest at David Street Station

Beer fans enjoy craft brews as rain clouds loom overhead during the David Street Station Brew Fest on Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Craft beer fans sipped suds while dodging raindrops on Saturday afternoon at David Street Station in downtown Casper.

The first ever David Street Station Brew Fest featured samples from around 16 different breweries, several of which are local to Casper and Wyoming.

Casper-based Mountain Hops Brewing was the crowd favorite when the votes were tallied, with several people mentioning the ‘Livin’ the Dream-cicle’ brew as a standout. Blacktooth Brewing was second, and Blacktooth Brewing was third.

In spite of intermittent heavy rain, organizers said at least 600 people had purchased tickets to the event by early afternoon.

“This is the best venue it could be at,” said Casey Schell, who danced in the dance with wife Brook. “You got the stage, you got places for all the tents, plenty of space, good family environment, good hangout area in the middle, food trucks off the street here… Could it be better?”

As for the rain: “I like it,” Casey said. “Keeps the bugs down.”

The event was part of a busy weekend in Casper and Natrona County, with concerts at local bars, Deer Creek Days in Glenrock, and a comic book expo at the Ford Wyoming Center, among the many offerings.

Gary, Linda, and Lindsay Einer at BrewFest (Gregory Hirst)
Micahel and Andrea at Brewfest. “At Blacktooth, they filled it to the top,” said Andrea. “Definite bonus points,” said Michael. (Gregory Hirst)
Brook and Casey Schell at Brewfest (Gregory Hirst)