On June 30, Fretboard Brewing Co. in Blue Ash hosts Strawberry JAM! It’s part music fest and part celebration of strawberries.
The brewery will be pouring several variants of their Reba Strawberry Blonde Ale — named after redhead Reba McEntire — including Reba Strawberry Kiwi and Reba Strawberries & Cream. Local jammery Made By Mavis will be on hand to provide some strawberry jam, and Wyoming Pastry Shop will sell something sweet with strawberries in it.
The trio behind Fretboard — Bradley Plank, Jim Klosterman and Joe Sierra — seek the perfect marriage of their two passions: music and beer. They provide creation spaces for local musicians to rattle off riffs while grabbing brews at the taproom.
“We wanted to create a brewery themed around music, how they intertwine with each other,” says head brewer Plank. Plank’s self-styled title in the company is “Head Brewer of Positive Libations” — a reference to Bob Marley’s “Positive Vibration.”
Fretboard’s main stage hosts live performances nearly every night, putting an emphasis on the sort of rootsy Blues tunes and Americana that are nearly synonymous with microbrewed beverages. The taproom is situated next to the brewing equipment, all within sight of the performance stage.
For this event, there will be live music provided by multiple local acts all night:
1-4 p.m. Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
5-7 p.m. Sam Alesandri
8-11 p.m. The Newbees
Strawberry JAM! starts at noon June 30. Free admission. Fretboard Brewing Company, 5800 Creek Road, Blue Ash, facebook.com/fretboardbrewing.