Elgin hosts successful beer, music event

Ian and Shayna Smith of Three Rings Brewery in McPherson explain the different types of beer they offer to event attendees. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Ian and Shayna Smith of Three Rings Brewery in McPherson explain the different types of beer they offer to event attendees. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
The Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion hosted the Craft Beer and Live Music event this past Saturday night. Over 125 came to enjoy samplings of local breweries held in a large, open room just off the lobby and the talent of local band The Box Turtles in the courtyard of the historic hotel.

From 6:30-10:30 p.m., guests were able to taste an assortment of beers from local breweries from as far away as Lawrence and Washington (located in North Central Kansas close to the Nebraska border) to closer to home breweries from Wichita and McPherson. Additional beer and other drinks were available for purchase in the courtyard.

Appetizers including meatballs, beer ranch dip, fruit kabobs and more were served as well as freshly popped popcorn and chocolates.

VIP guests paid to come a half hour early to taste some additional brews that were of limited quantity. On top of the extra time, they received commemorative glasses for the Elgin Hotel.

The beer options covered a wide range from IPA to stout and more. Some of the more eclectic ones of the evening included a vanilla porter, a breakfast brown ale and a Garden Party brew that consisted of cucumber, basil and other flavors. There were also several light and fruity beers featuring various citrus fruits and blueberry. One popular flavor was a key lime brew.

This was the second time the event has been held at the hotel. There were many guests who had come to the previous event as well as new faces.

“We loved the last one and couldn’t wait to come back,” said guest Abby Triemer. “My boyfriend and I booked a room here months ago so we could stay in the hotel and enjoy the event. We’ve been looking forward to it.”

Many guests connected with old friends and made some new ones as they enjoyed the tastings and then moved out to the courtyard to enjoy the musical guests of the evening.

The headliner band was the Box Turtles. This group started up about 4 and a half years ago.

“We met in Clark County Community College pep band. We’ve lost a couple of members, gained a couple of members, but for the most part, we really have a good core. We really get along. We practice a lot and just hang out together a lot, which I think is really important, said Max Byram, lead singer.

The band, named after the Kansas state reptile, performs both cover songs as well as their own original songs. Their songs ranged from alternative styles to Johnny Cash and everything in between.

“We do about half and half. People love to dance to cover songs at many of our venues which is fun. But we have also written a lot of original pieces that we like to play,” said Byram. “We are an LLC, have our own vehicle the Jambulance, been on tour and are recording our first album in October.

Max also runs two Bar and Grills. One in Council Grove and one in White City. He also caters for events in Chase County and Marion County.

“I enjoy serving people and being a part of the community anywhere that I go. Community is vital for these small town business and events,” said Byram.

For more information on The Box Turtles, check them out on facebook.

Another artist called Sapphire Sun performed as well. He played guitar and sang, and was a big hit with the crowd.

The Elgin is attempting to offer more events like this one in order to offer fun events for the community in a beautiful setting.

“The Elgin has been a part of this community for over 130 years and for a long while, it really hasn’t been utilized as a gathering place. These events give the community an opportunity to enjoy it,” said owner Tammy Ensey.

Check out their website to learn more about upcoming events including a murder mystery dinner in September. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the website historicelginhotel.com.