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2019 Happy Retreat Craft Beer & Music Festival

Please join us on Saturday, September 7, 2019, for the fourth annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival, held on the historic grounds of Happy Retreat, former home of Charles Town founder Charles Washington, brother of George Washington, and designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The event will feature music all day from touring bands as well as samples from multiple brewers of the best craft beer available in the State of West Virginia.

Share this event with your friends and family and save the date for the fourth annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival!

Ticket prices
Early Bird Special – $30 before July 15

General Admission – $35 after July 15 / $40 day of festival

Designated Driver/Under 18 – $20 / Children 12 and under are free.


The ticket includes a 6.5 oz. tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase at the event.

Awesome Live Music
11-12 - Among the Willows Music
12:30-2 - Hard Swimmin' Fish
2:30-4 - John R Miller & the Engine Lights
4:30-6 - The Mike Dillon Band

Among the Willows Music
In a world industry that is increasingly homogeneous, it takes an artist bold enough to run from the norm, towards the fringes to remind us how powerful music can really be. Hailing from the Mid-Atlantic region and currently based in Nashville, Among The Willows is steadily living up to their namesake, hiding from the ever prevalent cookie-cutter mindset that is currently dominating radio.

Hard Swimmin' Fish
Hard Swimmin' Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Our down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely our own.

John R Miller & the Engine Lights
John R. Miller grew up in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, where the mountains meet Interstate 81. A co-founding member and songwriter for well-traveled bands The Fox Hunt and Prison Book Club, he has performed his songs across the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Japan, and Europe. He has made several appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, has been a featured songwriter and performer on the Travelin' Appalachians Revue, and his song “Coming Down” was performed by Kentucky artist Tyler Childers on his album Live at Red Barn I & II. He quietly self-released a solo album Service Engine in 2014, and his most recent full-band effort, The Trouble You Follow, was released in 2018 via Lexington, KY’s Emperor Records.

The Mike Dillon Band
How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco, or collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G's, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon's New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.

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