Today, June 10th, is the day of Medford’s Art, Wine & Music Festival and the Wine N’ Shine Car Show along Medford’s Main Street shopping area (presented by the Medford Business Association). Always an exciting event, but the forecast for milder temperatures combined with even more artist booths, classic cars, and wineries visiting our little Downtown makes today even more special! The streets will begin closing at 9 am for a festival opening of 11 am and the MAWMF will run until 4 pm (our special hours today are from 11 am to 5 pm).
Festival Events at the Brewery
During the festival today, Lower Forge is proud to announce the new release of our first Peach Wheat Shandy, Peach & Love. A mellow 3.8% ABV, 10 IBU summer treat – we’ve brewed this with wheat and barley malts from New Jersey’s own Rabbit Hill Farms in Shiloh (Cumberland County) as part of our continued progress towards sourcing all of our brewing ingredients locally within NJ and the Delaware Valley Region. Sweet peaches from our own pressing (meaning we crushed the peaches into an-almost cider before adding to the beer) mixes with this local wheat and barley to compliment a pinch of Northern Brewer hops for the perfect festival release!
Yesterday, we tapped the first summer kegs of our latest batch of Watermelon Wanderlust – our best selling beer last summer, an American Wheat Pale Ale that has fresh watermelons and lemons mixed in fermentation for a mix of the sweet and tart on top of an approachable backbone of Centennial hops. Earlier this week, we also brought back the “first beer” and continued favorite, Healthy Wealthy & Weizen, our flagship German Hefeweizen that has been there since we opened our doors in 2016. Did I mention that both of these beers are now locally sourced with malted grains from New Jersey as well?
Outside of the brewery, we’ll have the Midnight Judges performing on our porch again this year and will be sharing highlights after the festival as well! These musicians are not to be missed and we’ll have seating for visitors to enjoy their concert starting at Noon today.
Along Main Street & Union Street
Elsewhere, the festival organizers have told us that the event has grown this year. The Wine N’ Shine Car Show that stretches from in front of the brewery on South Main Street all the way down to the Library has even more classic cars to browse and appreciate with new additions along Union Street (the traffic light near the brewery) towards the Meeting House. This is one of the biggest classic car events in South Jersey and not to be missed by families and classic car aficionados.
Starting at Main Street and Union Street, and stretching North almost to Firehouse Lane, dozens of artists & crafters along with other vendors will be lining Main Street alongside nine wineries that are featured in the festival. We promised not to make too many jokes this year about how beer is better (we may be biased) but this is a fun way to sample many of the wonderful wines that come from the vineyards you may not know are nearby in New Jersey.
Getting to Downtown Medford & Unsolicited Parking Advice
If you haven’t been here before – you can always use our map to the brewery to guide you to Downtown Medford or plug “14 South Main Street Medford NJ” into your GPS or Map app. Once you get into town, with Main Street closed, there are detours around Downtown with ample parking at a few key areas. From the north, parking is available at Zallie’s Shop Rite or St. Mary’s School on Route 70. Both are less than two blocks from the festival and easy walks through the historic homes in our neighborhood. From the south, parking at Haines or Memorial Schools is a decent option. The Medford Middle School Campus is only three blocks from the end of the festival and the walk includes a small peek at Medford’s beautiful parks where they intersect Main Street. From the west, you can also use Freedom Park or the Medford Police Station as auxiliary parking – they are slightly longer walks but include easy access (before or afterwards) to the playgrounds and outdoor fun at Freedom Park, perfect for a picnic lunch after enjoying today’s festival.
See you there!