Baby’s First Ffej

Baby’s First Ffej

Scarlet’s first Ffej of July

Baby’s First Ffej

I never thought I’d bring a baby to a beer fest/local band concert festival, but here I am stroller and baby in tow.  Let me back up quick.  We quickly noticed if a song was playing somewhere, especially any singing and dancing on TV Scarlet’s face would light up.  I like to think it was all the concerts I attended, including last year’s Ffej of July when she was in the womb.  But I think it really started with Ben would sing to her through my belly every night. 

Scarlet’s first Ffej of July (Friday Night, July 7th, 2023)

(You can see this, and other videos we have at our YouTube Channel here – The Beer Thrillers on YouTube.)

For the newbies; what is Ffej?  As described on the Ffej of July page “Ffej of July began its life as a modest party thrown by myself and my wife, Brandi, at our residence. The impetus for the event took shape when I realized we had a huge yard and did nothing with it other than cut the grass. So, in 2003, FOJ was born and has since become the infamous epic backyard bash we all know and love!”

(Note – this is a attendance by knowing event; you can only attend if you know someone who knows someone. If you know Ffej or know a good friend of Ffej’s you are welcome to come. This isn’t a free for all anyone can come right out the gate frat party.)

Ffej of July – Saturday, July 8th, 2023

At the last minute we brought my mom, so it was also Grandma SueAnn’s first FOJ.  With a bunch of classic rock cover bands and the entire vibe of FOJ I new my mom would love hanging out.  We got to sample beer from Bailey Mountain Brewery, Covered Bridge, Troeg’s Rusty Rail, Pizza Boy and Shy Bear.  The Bender’s Barleywine from Pizza Boy was most excellent.  It comes in on Untapped with a 11% ABV and a 4.09 rating.  Again, the Untapped score is way to low of a score.  This malty sweet beverage dances over your tongue and the caramel finish hides that sneaky 11%.  Then on Saturday we got to sample brews from Fluffy Bunny, Shy Bear, Meduseld Meadery, PA Alers, Troegs Brewing Company, and Fahnstock & Baer. (We didn’t keep a perfect list of what all we drank over the weekend, we were far too busy enjoying the music, hanging out with friends, chatting, chilling with Scarlet, enjoying the grub, and having an awesome time to worry about checking in everything we got to try on Untappd.)

Solar Federation ending Ffej of July 2023

Even though the vibe is laid back, as we all sit in our lawn chairs, Scarlet got to bang her head with a quiet riot cover and then she mellowed out to the Solar Federation.  If you are lucky enough to get invited to this private event (and remember – don’t show up uninvited – only show up if you are invited) don’t forget your lawn chair!  I hope this helped you catch the FOJ!

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Scarlet hanging out with Grandma SueAnn for Ffej of July Friday Night (July 7th, 2023)

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