Depending on which way you count it, this Saturday will be either the 4th or 9th annual Barleywine festival at the Parkway Tavern.
It’s year four if you count in barleywine years. It’s nine if you count in Parkway years. The mismatch comes from the festival’s organizers jokingly calling the first festival the "fifth" in a snarky attempt to give it some inflated credibility.
And how did it get organized? The way all good events involving spirits get organized: a bunch of people sitting around a bar talking big.
But it started small.