Barrel House Z, Weymouth, MA

We visited Barrel House Z a little while back, for our 150th visit! We went with all of Megan’s sisters as well two significant others. We have actually been back again since our first visit.

 

They are located in an industrial park In Weymouth, MA not too far from Megan’s family. They use old barrels for decoration everywhere, outside, leading into the tap room, and all over the walls. They have a decent size patio area, but since our visit was in the winter time, we stayed indoors.

 

Barrel House Z is a fairly new brewery that focuses on small batch, and mostly barrel aged beers. The brewery is run by the original head brewer of Harpoon. They have a partnership with Harpoon that we’ll get into a little more later.

 

 

They have 5 oz, 10 oz, and 16 oz pours of most of their beers. Some of the higher ABV beers are not available for 16 oz pours. A few of the beers they had two options- either barrel aged or ITB, ‘in the buff’ (not barrel aged). Others were just one or the other.  We tried a variety of pours of most of the stuff available, all barrel aged versions when available.

 

Bamboozled By Hops – IPA     6%
Not much aroma, light in body and not very hoppy with and odd, bitter finish. Grassy and bitter, not great, not barrel aged.

 

 

Townie – Irish Ale     8.4%
Aged 1 month in Bully Boy Whiskey Barrels
Smells like whiskey, pretty boozy in flavor but that flavor is complimented well by the base beer. This was a good beer, a pretty perfect blending of flavors, better than Mark expected it to be, and he took some home.

 

Zelato – coffee stout     8.8%
Aged 10 months in Rum Barrel
Kind of thin for a barrel aged stout. It had a good amount of rum flavor that blended well with the coffee flavor. Mark thought the coffee was strong on the nose but subtle in the flavoring at first, the rum dominated at first but you tasted more coffee as you drank it.

 

 

Quaker State – american oatmeal stout     10%
Aged 10 months in Double Oak Bourbon Barrels
This seemed a little thin as well, boozy with a lot of bourbon and oak flavors.

 

Dustin enjoying his beers

 

Adeline – stout     8.8%
Aged 1 month in American Whiskey Barrels
A good stout with the right about of barrel aging character, this was everyone’s favorite stout, and Mark’s, he bought some of this as well.

 

 

Sunny & 79 – ginned pilsner     6.2%
Aged in Tequila Barrels
The tequila flavor dominates this beer, but in a good way, not overwhelming.

 

 

Jess got the Sunny Radler, the Sunny & 79 pilsner mixed with Spindrift sparkling lemon seltzer. Jess just thought it was ok, she’s not much of a beer drinker and didn’t want anything else. Mark thought it was decent for what it was, a Radler.

 

 

Macanadas – mac and cheese filled empanadas

 

Mark was curious about the brewery set up and just had to ask. They have a very small 2 barrel system to brew most of their beer on. They have some 5 barrel fermenters so they can double batch into those. They also have some 20 barrel fermenters that they use. Harpoon will brew up a batch of beer for them and ship it over so Barrel House Z can ferment it. That’s how they achieve some of the volume so they can distribute while still being able to make fun, small batch, one off beers.

 

Visit #150!

 

 

They have a pretty good sized tap room. A couple picnic tables on 1 side, a big long bar in the middle with several more big tables on the other side.

 

 

Hours

Wednesday – Friday 4:00 – 10:00
Saturday – 12:00 – 10:00
Sunday – 12:00 – 5:00

 

 

 

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Our 49th visit: Harpoon Brewery and the Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, Windsor, Vermont

 IMG_0639We traveled in Vermont a couple of weekends ago to visit our friends, John and Lindsay. On our way to visit them, we made a few stops. Our first stop was Harpoon Brewery and the Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, located in Windsor, Vermont.IMG_0634  IMG_0635  IMG_0638

Years ago, we visited the Boston location of Harpoon, and knew they were different from one another but uncertain as to how. The Vermont Brewery has a full restaurant, with a long bar, multiple tables and a nice fireplace.IMG_0657 IMG_0662
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We sat at one of the tables near the bar, where we could see the full beer menu behind the bar and the tap handles. IMG_0642  IMG_0643

We ordered appetizers and a beer sampler. They had two sample trays to choose from. We choose the tray we had tried less of in the past.IMG_0644

IMG_0646  IMG_0640Our Tasting:IMG_0647  IMG_0648  IMG_0649
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UFO Pale Ale: 5.3%, 37 IBU. Medium body, traditional British Pale Ale with an assertive hop character

The Long Thaw (White IPA): 6.2%, 45 IBU. Spiciness of a Belgian Wit, and the American Hop characteristics of an American IPA

Celtic Ale: 5.4%, 25 IBU. Very different than what I expected it to be. Malty and complex. Moderate hop with malts. Smooth, medium bodied. It didn’t present itself as a red ale to me- it was much better than what I expected.

**Beer Tasting Extra**
We mentioned we would be interested in trying this one, and our waitress was great and brought us a little taste:
Pumpkin Chai: 5.7%, great pumpkin smell. Good balance of chai and pumpkin. Not as pumpkin-y as UFO Pumpkin, however, we considered it a good “late winter, early spring” pumpkin beer- a cozy flavor.

Boston Irish Stout: 4.3%, 30 IBU. Similar to Guinness, a little darker and maltier. Fill bodied and creamy.

Glasses we ordered:
Kitchen Sink: 7.2%, 35 IBU. At inventory, they took everything they had left and combined it (ingredients that is- not beer!). Medium bodied, tasted lighter than in appeared. Good flavor, but hard to place.

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: 9.8%, 24 IBU. Interesting cherry and chocolate flavors, but not intense of either. Could be a little more flavorful, but not bad at all. Not as sweet as expected. Not overbearing, but while drinking it, you can tell it is a higher ABV.

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Food:
IMG_0656Sweet Chili Wings, from their specials menu.
Crispy wings, then tossed in sauce. Nice zip to them- just spicy enough that you don’t need to dunk them in dressing. Sweet too!

IMG_0655French Fries: crunchy, beer battered

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Tours:

FRI 5 PM to 7 PM (starting every hour)
SAT 11 AM to 5 PM (starting every hour)
SUN 12:00 PM to 4 PM (starting every hour

 

 

 

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Around five, it began to get busy. We finished up around that time and hit the road…

Want to visit?

We recommend it!

Hours of Operation:

SUN – WED 10 AM to 6 PM
THU – SAT 10 AM to 9 PM

 

 

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Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival, Exeter NH

100_0876This weekend, Mark and I went to the Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival, located in Exeter NH. Outside the festival, was a small fall festival with a lot of children’s activities. It was nice to walk through to get to the Powder Keg.  Before entering the Powder Keg, we had our IDs checked, and received an “over 21” wristband. We were also given a map and list of what breweries were there. We then had our tickets ripped and entered. We were told to hang on to our tickets so we could come and go as we pleased. After we walked through the gate, we realized that we hadn’t been given glasses or tickets and realized the table to pick them up was to our right. We both received our glasses from a volunteer and started to walk away. We hadn’t walked too far when I realized my glass didn’t have tickets in it, but Mark’s did. I went back to the table, and at first they were uncertain what to do, but trusted that I was not given tickets and I received them. Thank goodness! We received 8 beer tickets and 5 food/chili tickets to start with; more were available for purchase.

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The beer notes will not be very detailed, as most are places we will go to or have gone to already.

The beers we tried:

Angry Orchard, Boston Beer Company

  • Cinnful- Good flavor, 1st sip reminded me of redhots. Tart apples and cinnamon, good combo

Tuckerman Brewing Company, Conway NH

  • ALTitude- a double bock. Mark thought it was “pretty good.” I agreed

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  • Sweet Action- A hopy cream ale.  Mark tried and enjoyed!
  • The Crisp- I tried, good!

Great Rhythm Brewing Company, Portsmouth

  • We were in line to try their beer, but noticed that they only had a pale ale (which I am not a huge fan of the style typically)

North Coast Brewing Company, Ft Bragg California

  • Le Merle- a Saison Belgian style Farmhouse Ale. Really good! Would be a drink I could have if I was going to sit back and enjoy one.
  • Pranqster- Belgian style unfiltered golden ale. Mark enjoyed

Prodigal Brewery, Effingham NH

  • Effinghamburgherbrau- a German lager. Mark liked, said it was very smooth. I didn’t like it- 1st sip nope! 2nd sip- not cold enough.

Berkshire Brewing Company,  South Deefield MA

  • Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, a good light (Mark had)
  • Drayman’s Porter, yum good porter! Nice coffee notes.

Woodchuck

  • Woodchuck Pumpkin- not amazing, but definitely drinkable. Started to really enjoy it ½ way through
  • Woodchuck Dry Hop Cellar Series- hops infused cider. Tastes like a beer-cider combo. Not bad.
  • ******Woodchuck’s tasting room is scheduled to open in May!!!!

Earth Eagle Brewings

  • Puca- curry, pumpkin porter. Nice flavor. Curry adds something different to it. Mark said it was a heavier pumpkin than we are used to- really good, a different flavor.
  • We were able to catch up with Butch, one of the brewers while we were there

Lagunitas, California

  • Little sumpin sumpin- Mark had, thought it would be more like a pale ale but it was more like an IPA

603 Brewery, Campton (soon to be Londonderry)

  • 18 Mile Ale- a rye. good balanced beer
  • 19th State- a red IPA.  Mark tried. When I asked him how it was, he said “I don’t know. Gone?!”

Woodstock Inn Brewery, North Woodstock, NH

  • Autumn Ale- Really really good! Different, nice spices. Mark said it reminded him of an Oktoberfest, only because he has nothing else to compare it to.

Uinta Brewing, Utah

  • Pumk’n Harvest- typical pumpkin beer

 

The Chili we tried:

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  • Good amount of meat, not too spicy but a nice after spice. Mark- not anything crazy, a classic chili. Well balanced

Fast Eddies, Hampton NH

  • Good amount of meat. Good flavor, but either too watery or too oily, hard to tell

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  • Good! Best so far! They add chips to the cup. Chili is a regular menu item. Option to add cheese, sour cream and other options. Spicy!

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  • Topped with smoked cheddar. Nice smoked, almost BBQ flavor. It had a wicked spice to it, more of an after burn. After burn was ok because it meant they didn’t just add hot sauce to it, but a little too spicy for me! Needed some chips to eat it with or more cheese. Mark said it seemed almost pureed, it wasn’t chunky like many others. Most flavorful. If it was slightly less spicy it would be the best one yet!

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  • Hatch Green Chili- more of a stew. Made in a traditional New Mexico style, with chili’s directly from New Mexico. Even had potatoes in it! Same type of spices, but different style. Really good!

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  • Mark tried, he enjoyed it. Good consistency. Good be a bit spicier, but it was also at the end of the day

McKinnon’s making their chili (Portsmouth)

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By 3pm, at least two of the vendors were out of chili. At least 2 vendors were out of beer. At 3:20, almost all of the vendors were out of chili. Point? Come early! It is a short day, only from 12-4, but you need to arrive early to enjoy all of the chili.

This is an event to go to. Just plan on eating your chili early!

 

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Powder Keg this weekend!

Although I have looked at the beer/brewery page for the Exeter Powder Keg Beer & Chili festival before, I just took another glance and am very excited to try some new beers! The event is this weekend, from 12-4pm, Swasey Parkway, Exeter, NH. View the beer list here or read on!

A sampling of what I saw on the website:

Blue Hill Brewery

Blue Hills Brewery

India Pale Ale

6.6% ABV

Black Hops

6.75% ABV

Comet Tail Pale Ale

5.4% ABV

Watermelon Wheat

4.8% ABV

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Henniker Brewing

Amber Apparition

5.2% ABV

Hop Slinger IPA

6.5% ABV

Whipple’s Wheat

4.8% ABV

Working Man’s Porter

6% ABV

Wells & Young

Wells & Young’s Brewery

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

5.20% ABV

Well’s Banana Bread Beer

5.2% ABV

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St. Ambroise

St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat

5% ABV

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Green Goblin Cider

Green Goblin Cider

6.0% ABV

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Xingu Beer

Gold Beer

4.7% ABV

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Wychwood Brewery

Hobgoblin Dark English Ale

4.9% ABV

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Rince Cochon

Belgian Blonde

8.5% ABV

Angry Orchard

Angry Orchard Hard Cider

Crisp Apple

5% ABV

Cinnful Cider

5% ABV

Apple Ginger

5% ABV

Green Apple

5% ABV

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Omission Beer

Omission Lager

4.6% ABV

Omission Pale Ale

5.8% ABV

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Gritty McDuff’s

Halloween Ale

6.0% ABV

Best Bitter

5.0% ABV

Black Fly Stout

4.1% ABV

Maine’s Best IPA

6.8% ABV

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Sebago Brewing Co.

Fryes Leap IPA

6.0% ABV

Bonfire Rye

5.7% ABV

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Founders Brewing Co.

All Day IPA

4.7% ABV

Centennial IPA

7.2% ABV

Founders Porter

6.5% ABV

Red’s Rye IPA

6.6% ABV

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Redhook Brewery

Redhook Pumpkin Porter

5.8% ABV

Redhook Longhammer IPA

6.2% ABV

Redhook Audible

4.7% ABV

603 Brewery

603 Brewery

Winni Ale

6.5 %ABV

18 Mile Ale

5.4 %ABV

9th State Red IPA

7.1 %ABV

Cogway IPA

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Vermont Hard Cider Company

Woodchuck Hard Cider Amber

5% ABV

Woodchuck Hard Cider Limited Release Fall

5% ABV

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Rising Tide Brewery

Daymark

5.5% ABV

Ishmael

4.9%

Calcutta Cutter

9.1% ABV

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Uinta Brewing

Hopnotch IPA

7.3 ABV

BABA Black Lager

4.5% ABV

WYLD Pale Ale

4.0% ABV

Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

4.0% ABV

Wachusett

Wachusett Brewing Company

Blueberry Ale

4.5% ABV

Green Monsta IPA

6.1% ABV

Widmer Brothers

Widmer Brothers Brewing

Hopside Down IPL

6.7% ABV

Okto Festival Ale

5.3% ABV

Alchemy Ale

5.8% ABV

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Kona Brewing Company

Longboard Lager

4.6% ABV

Big Wave Ale

4.4% ABV

Pipeline Porter

5.4% ABV

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North Coast Brewing Co.

Pranqster

7.6% ABV

Le Merle

7.9% ABV

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Goose Island Beer Co.

Goose Island Harvest Ale

5.7% ABV

Goose Island Sofie

6.5% ABV

Goose Island Matilda

7% ABV

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Brewery Ommegang

Scythe&Sickle

5.8% ABV

Hennepin

7.7% ABV

Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues

Dale’s Pale Ale

6.5%ABV

Mama’s Little Yella

5.3%ABV

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The Holy Grail Restaurant and Pub

Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale

4.70% ABV

Fatty Bampkins

Fatty Bampkins

Fatty Bampkins Original

4.5% ABV

Fatty Bampkins Dry

6.8% ABV

unibroue

Unibroue Brewery

La Fin du Monde

9% ABV

Ephemere Cherry

5.5% ABV

Grande Reserve 17

10% ABV

Prodigal Brewery

The Prodigal Brewery at Misty Mountain Farm

Effinghamburgherbrau Lager

5.2% ABV

Sacopee Pils

5.4% ABV

Curse of the Rye Wolf

5.3% ABV

Blue Point Brewery

Blue Point Brewing Company

Toasted Lager

5.5% ABV

Hoptical Illusion

6.8% ABV

Pale Ale

5% ABV

Blueberry Ale

4.5% ABV

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Union Jack

7.5%ABV

Wookey Jack

8.3%ABV

Green Flash

Green Flash Brewery

West Coast IPA

7.3% ABV

Double Stout

8.8% ABV

mayflower

Mayflower Brewing Company

Pale Ale

5.1% ABV

IPA

6.1% ABV

Porter

5.2% ABV

Autumn Wheat

5.8% ABV

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Magic Hat

#9-Not quite Pale Ale

5.1% ABV

Seance-Dark Saison

4.4% ABV

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Berkshire Brewing Company

Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale

5.5% ABV

Berkshire Traditional Pale Ale

6.5% ABV

Drayman’s Porter

6.5% ABV

Lost Sailor IPA

6.5% ABV

Six Point

Six Point Brewery

Righteous Rye                6.3% ABV

Resin                              9.1% ABV

Sweet Addiction              5.2% ABV

Crisp Pils                        5.2% ABV

Crazy Mountain

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Crazy Mountain Amber Ale           5.25% ABV

Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale                5.7% ABV

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Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Lager

5.2% ABV

Brooklyn Scorcher Ale

4.5% ABV

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

5.5% ABV

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

7.6% ABV

Earth Eagle Brew

Earth Eagle Brewings

Puca (Curry Pumpkin Porter)

6.3% ABV

Gruit Beer (to be announced)

5.6% ABV

Yankee Bad Ass IPA

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Woodstock Inn Brewery

Pigs Ear Brown Ale     4.3%ABV

Pemi Pale Ale             5.7%ABV

Autumn Brew Ale       4.4%ABV

4000 Footer IPA       6.5%ABV

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Tuckerman Brewing Co.

Tuckerman Pale Ale

5.5% ABV

Tuckerman Headwall Alt

4.75% ABV

Tuckerman ALTitude

7.3% abv

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Throwback Brewery

Spicy Bohemian

4.9% ABV

Hog Happy Hefeweizen

4.8% ABV

Campfire Smoked Porter

6.4% ABV

House of Shandy

The Traveler Beer Co.

Curious Traveler

4.4% ABV

Jack-O-Traveler

4.4% ABV

Time Traveler

4.4% ABV

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Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Finestkind IPA

6.9% ABV

Pumpkin Ale

5.84% ABV

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Shipyard Brewing Co.

Smashed Pumpkin

9% ABV

Pumpkinhead

4.7% ABV

Monkey Fist IPA

6.9% ABV

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Long Trail Brewing Co.

Black Rye IPA

6.0% ABV

Blackbeary Wheat

4.0% ABV

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Samuel Adams

Octoberfest

5.3% ABV

Harvest Pumpkin

5.7% ABV

Black Lager

4.9% ABV

Hazel Brown

5.2% ABV

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Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Fresh Cut Pilsner

4.7% ABV

Peak Fall Summit

5.7% ABV

Peak Pom Wheat

5.9% ABV

Peak Espresso Amber Ale

7% ABV

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Narragansett Beer

Narragansett Fest

5.5% ABV

Narragansett Lager

5.0% ABV

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Milly’s Tavern

Imperial IPA

7.2% ABV

Pumpkin

5.0%ABV

Bo’s Scotch Ale

9.5% ABV

Oatmeal Stout

4.9%ABV

lagunitas

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale

7.5% AbV

IPA

6.2% ABV

Harpoon-Brewery

Harpoon Brewery

Octoberfest

5.3%ABV

UFO Pumpkin

5.9% ABV

Great Rhythm Brewing Company

Great Rhythm Brewing Co.

Resonation Pale Ale

5.2% ABV

Blue Lobster

Blue Lobster Brewing Company

Red Door-Painted Black

7.0%ABV

Town Called Earth Exeter Edition

8.3%ABV

Lunatique Homard

8.4%ABV

Feeling thirsty and want to join the festivities? Buy tickets here!  I am very excited to try some of the beers that I have seen or heard of, but haven’t tried, as well as beers that are new to me!

Each full ticket includes a Exeter Powder Keg Beer & Chili Fest souvenir tasting glass, 8 beer sample tickets, 5 chili sample tickets and live entertainment

Full Ticket $35.00

Designated Driver Ticket $12.00

Youth Ticket $12.00