We’re in the last month of preparation for the 2012 Grayson Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival. The bands have been booked, the food vendors are secured, volunteers are being coordinated, venue layouts are being reviewed and the breweries are all looking through their kegs to bring some of the best samplings to Grayson for the day.

A small group of folks have spent the last 362 days (we had to take a few days off to celebrate last year’s success!) to make sure this year’s festival is a bigger, better and more awesome experience!

In the next few days, we’ll be presenting menus, a coordinated entertainment schedule, and a list of the fabulous brews that will be available for sampling. And a few surprises, too!

It’s a labor of love, for sure, but more than that, it’s just plain fun. I mean, organizing a beer festival … what a great job! Somebody’s gotta do it … Right?

October 6. Just a few weeks away.

Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Can’t wait!

Summer time is winding down, grab your bottle opener, koozie, pretzel, your dancing shoes and lets toast to the Fall! More importantly, let’s raise a pint to Gwinnett County’s Grayson Blues and Brews Festival, only a few more weeks away! We’ve laughed this summer, watched beer commercials, hyped up our favorite beers, talked a bit of junk about our least favorite beers – All and All, it was a pretty good summer. The culmination of our all summer efforts is finally here – Blues & Brews! And as a B&B appetizer, w’d like to present to you the The Hoppy Folk Special.

We’ve tapped a few of our sponsors on the shoulder to get you beer festival goers some cool, swanky prizes for those fans who buy tickets in advance!


Buy your ticket online or at one of our physical ticket seller locations, LIKE the Fanpage and BOOM! You’re entered into the raffle.

Please note, all physical ticket sales have a 4 digit number printed on the ticket. The 4 digit number must be recorded by physical ticket seller for official entry into raffle. Please request entry into raffle to your physical ticket seller. We’ll be collecting these numbers on Sunday each week for that week’s drawing.


We’ll be announcing winners on Facebook on the following dates: 9/4, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1



“Hail the Ale Give-Away”
Two $25 Gift Cards
“Yankee Pie Give-Away” Two $25 Gift Cards
“Know-It-All Give-Away”

Two 1 year subscriptions

“Groove to the
Blues Give-Away”

Audio-Technica ATM 410 Vocal Microphone 

& (1) $25 gift card


2012Grayson Blues and Brews Festival

Rock out to a few words from our Sponsors!

Only 50 days remain until the big day, we’ve talked a lot about brews and I think we’re all a bit intoxicated from all the chatter. What better way to compliment your hoppy daze than some cool sounds from one of the bands bringing the Blues to the Brew Festival.

We decided that it’d be so awesome to not only introduce you to some of the bands, but also give you some insight to some of their favorite things.

We asked some of the members of Critical Velocity to give us some of their favorite festival foods, musicians who inspire them and of course, what’s their favorite beer!


Tracey McLaughin:

What’s your favorite beer/drink? My favorite drink is sweet white wine but as beers go, Stella or MagicHat #9

Musicians who inspire you?  JoeDee Messina, Karen Carpenter, The Eagles.

Favorite festival food?  Funnel cakes!!

Favorite thing about preforming live or at festivals- These are just fun!  No pressure and we can just have fun on stage.  The drinking beer and mingling in the crowd after the show is just another added bonus!

Something people would not guess about you? That I sing in a rock band?  No, really, that I was in the Army, briefly during my college years!


Ray Hartman:

What’s your favorite beer/drink? Red Hook Beer (hope they have it this year)

Musicians who inspire you?  Paul McCartney, Scott Weiland, Tommy Bolin, PJ Harvey

Favorite festival food?  Elephant Ears (hope they have it this year)

Favorite thing about preforming live or at festivals?  Typically, the attending masses having much energy (and the sun).

Favorite food?  Spam/corned beef hash

Favorite vacation spot?  Laie, Oahu, HI

Person(s) most admired?  I’d like to thank GOD, my wife Ronda, Tony Martin, Tommy and Tracey McLaughlin, and Alex Bayless

Most embarrassing moment?  Playing a gig at a club called “The Tool Box” (tough night)

Favorite movie?  Notting Hill

Something people would not guess about you? That my favorite movie is Notting Hill (or that. nowadays, I refuse to cut my own grass)

More about Critical Velocity:


Critical Velocity is a culmination of different musical influences brought together as one, and is sure cover some of the best sounds from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s all the way to current top 40.

Critical Velocity is a don’t miss show and encourages audience participation and fun, all while listening to your favorite… classic rock, modern rock, dance, pop and country hits!

This band WILL have you singing, dancing, fist pumping and will leave you saying WOW !!!!!

How can you not be excited about that? Stay tuned for more posts about bands, the events and the beer! Also make sure to purchase your tickets now! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!


-The Grayson Brews and Blues Team



We are so excited to announce that the amazing Pyramid Brewing Company is sponsoring this year’s Blues & Brews! Pyramid has been serving up intelligent and delicious brews since 1984-

“Behold the new Pyramid! The great beer within continues to be as skillfully brewed as it’s always been, with a new wardrobe that reflects the rich brewing heritage we’ve been proud to build since 1984. We’re so excited to bring you more news, new beers, and numerous toasts throughout the upcoming year.”

As huge fans of all of these amazing brews we are so happy about this sponsorship and can’t wait to share all of the tasty food, great tunes and a ton of awesome brews that we have in store for all of you in the fall!

Here’s a sneak peek at just how cool Pyramid can be: This was their 2011 Snowcap Party in Seattle. The beer was flowing left and right and fun was had by all! Check it out below!

So now that you are totally pumped and ready- Be sure to mark your calendar for October 6, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. We will have an afternoon of music and tasting of more than 100 craft brews in Grayson City Park. Hosted by Grayson’s Downtown Development Authority and the City of Grayson for the Grayson Children’s Fund.

$25.00 is a small price to pay for tons of fun! Purchase tickets here and be sure to share with all your friends!

See you soon!