Several brands of ice-cold micro-brewed beers from local and regional breweries were offered at A Few Brews & A Banjo, a popular family event held June 24 at Chester Park. Photo by Stacy Fisher

Music and beer at A Few Brews & A Banjo

Free musical offerings and a microbrew tasting attracted a sizeable crowd to the “A Few Brews & A Banjo” family event held June 24 at Chester Park. It was a beautiful clear day, but hot, too.

Produced in collaboration with Plumas Arts, the affair benefitted Chester Junior-Senior High School’s music and drama programs.

Several brands of micro-brewed beers from local and regional breweries were offered, with food vendors providing meals, including Sierra Smoke BBQ.

Every year, beer lovers attend the popular revelry to spend a few hours in the sun with friends while downing ice-cold lagers and ales from a variety of vendors.

Event organizer Jeff Bryant gave special thanks to John Brown from Alpine Distributing, and Randy Ridgway of Blach Distributing Co. out of Susanville, for helping to secure a significant amount of the beer donations.

Holiday Market provided food samplings as well, and were instrumental in the event’s success, said Bryant, adding that everyone who came to the event seemed to be having a great time.


Headliner Big Mo’s Full Moon Band, hailing from Paradise, performed in the afternoon. The band embraced a broad range of musical styles from traditional blues to Southern-style rock.

Also playing again this year, The Blue Merles, a four-member group described as an exciting Northern California country rock dance band from Chico.

Adults and kids alike enjoyed impromptu dancing in front of the stage during the performances.

The event is staffed by community volunteers, who help with setting up tents, beer serving, cleanup and all other aspects of the event.

Bryant said he was also grateful to the sponsors, Holiday Market and manager Emily Rice and Tim O’Brien of Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien Real Estate, for their significant contributions to make A Few Brews & A Banjo a huge success.