Rockwood Brewing to host inaugural Festival of Spirits

GUELPH/ERAMOSA – Rockwood Brewing is hosting its inaugural Rockwood Festival of Spirits on Oct. 28. 

Rockwood Brewing owner Mike Maziarz said the festival, on his farm at 5197 Eramosa-Erin Townline, will be “a place for community to celebrate and have some fun.”

Four bands will perform throughout the evening, including Maziarz’s classic rock band, Bourbon Bretherin. 

Rockwood’s own Woody Woodburn will open up the night, “fresh off his tour from the east coast,” Maziarz said. 

The Folk Sinners from Hamilton will perform a set of their folk rock music, and The Generals Tavern from Rockwood will end the night with some 90s rock. 

Doors open at 7pm, and Maziarz expects the fun to continue until after midnight. 

Rockwood Brewing also organizes Rockwood Fest every spring. 

Maziarz is expecting at least a couple hundred people will show up. 

“Our last event was in the rain and we had about that many people,” he said.  

The festival continues rain or shine, with an open barn, outdoor area and bonfire. 

Alcohol will not be sold during the event so Maziarz recommends people BYOB, or “bring your own beer.”

The Hungry Horse food truck from Belwood will be serving all-day breakfast, hamburgers, fries, desserts and more (cash only). 

The farm, Erin Valley Elk, was an elk farm from 2000 to 2016, but has now transitioned to a hops and beer farm. 

Festival admission is $20 per person (cash at the door) and Maziarz encourages attendees to come dressed in Halloween costumes. There will be prizes for the best costumes. 

Maziarz will be going as Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. 

“I haven’t shaved for a month now,” he said with a laugh. 

Mariarz is looking forward to “celebrating with neighbours and people from the area and some lighthearted good times.”