Brewery Event Brings Ax-throwing Trend Local
JENKINS TWP. — Axes and alcohol were on the menu Saturday at the Susquehanna Brewing Company.
The brewery played host to the local debut of a trending activity — throwing axes while drinking beer.
Nick Vitanovec of Forty Fort recently started the business, Axe Attack, after experiencing ax-throwing during a trip to South Carolina.
Within the first few hours of the event on Saturday, more than 200 people paid to throw axes at the makeshift arena built on the side of the brewery. Participants flung the axes toward a wooden box with a bullseye printed on it.
“It’s a dangerous sport,” Vitanovec acknowledged, while sipping on one of SBC’s beers. “Obviously, you’re not allowed to throw if you are intoxicated. If you are visibly intoxicated, you’re done.”
Those throwing axes had to sign a liability waiver form and then receive training by one of the Axe Attack employees, who stand near throwers to monitor the action.
Vitanovec said he is looking for a permanent location, but is slated to bring his attraction to bars all over the area.
Lindsay Kasper, 30, of Swoyersville, and Ashley Maloney, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, attended the event after seeing it promoted on the brewery’s Facebook page.
“It was a lot of fun,” Kasper said. “It was pretty exciting. I do archery, so it was something different to aim at.”
Maloney, 26, called the ax throwing “a good stress reliever.”
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