Oxygen bar is among more than 300 brews at Topeka’s Tap That Beer Fest

Beer lovers can get their fill without a guilty conscience knowing they are doing good for the Topeka community Saturday.

Tap That Beer Fest will have more than 300 brews to choose from 3 to 7 pm on the east side of the Kansas Statehouse, between the 800 and 900 blocks of SW Jackson.

Founded 10 years ago, the event will go on rain or shine. Most drinkers stay on the move.

“Typically, they spend the whole time traveling around and sampling the beers,” said Stephanie Wilhelm Norwood, Greater Topeka Partnership director of events.

What will be there

Will Heinen, brewer at Willcott Brewing Co.  in Holton, holds a beer poured straight from the tank.  Willcott Brewing will be among the breweries participating in Topeka's Tap That Beer Fest on Saturday.

Breweries represented include Blind Tiger, Happy Bassett, Norseman, Iron Rail, Defiance, Wichita Brewing Co./Tallgrass, River City Brewing, Walnut River, Willcott, Radius, Boulevard Brewing, Molson Coors, Tivoli Brewing, Empyrean Brewing, Kansas Territory Brewing and Manhattan Brewing.

A couple of the events’ of areas are shaded, one specifically for VIPs. The other is for regular guests.

“That one will have water and seating, so people can take a break, Norwood said, adding,” “We have a small gaming center where we have cornhole and Jenga, just things to do other than drinking.

“We also have a DJ at the center of the event that helps keep the vibe up. People do tend to dance a little later at the event.”

Food trucks will be lining the streets to offer their fare. Trucks include Poppin Squeeze, Taqaueria Mexico Lindo, Stumpy’s Smoked Cheese and J Rock Smokehouse.

A newcomer may provide another high

Macee Sanders, right, co-owner of Empower Life — Red Light Therapeutics at 3345 SW Gage Blvd., sets up Crystal Roberts, left, with an oxygen treatment Thursday morning.  The business will be bringing its oxygen bar downtown for Saturday's Tap That Beer Fest.

New to the event is an oxygen bar, which some say help with hangovers, headaches and brighten the spirit.

Brought in by Empower Life — Red Light Therapeutics, 3345 SW Gage Blvd., the oxygen is often mixed with soothing or uplifting scents.

“We can add essential oils,” said owner Danyle Harvey. “That’s what the bottles are, essentially. And then you can put in essential oils like peppermint, which is our main oil that we use in the studio.

The oxygen isn’t from a tank but is pulled from the air.

“It actually is a condenser,” Harvey said. “So it’s pulling out oxygen and dumping it, and then pushing it through.”

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