The second annual Tahoe Brewfest occurred on June 2nd in the Heavenly Cal Lodge Parking Lot. A celebration of all things craft beer and Tahoe, the Brewfest boasted 34 breweries, Parker Bros. Root Beer, kombucha, amazing live music from Ike and Martin, local food vendors and perfect weather.
Over 3000 people attended the kid-friendly event and with many visitors travelling to Tahoe just for the Brewfest. Some guests came from as far away as Chicago and Whistler, Canada, but plenty of locals also turned out to sample new breweries like Modern Times, Auburn Ale House, Common Cider and Saint Archer.
It truly was a community event; from the Breweries who donated their beer, to our local vendors and sponsors. There was something for everyone, and the Club intends to continue to make the Brewfest bigger and better each year. Some changes for next year will be adding craft soda pops and more local food vendors.
However, the Brewfest could not have happened without one very special lady and one great community supporter. Deb Brown of Cold Water Brewery is the heart and soul of the Brewfest, it was her idea to bring a Brewfest to Tahoe and partner with the Boys and Girls Club; she continues to be a major sponsor and influencer of the event.
The Heavenly Cal Lodge location was provided through a Vail Epic Promise Grant, which serves to support local not for profits and community organizations. The Vail Team did so much; from granting us the location, to helping with permitting, right through the providing volunteers on the day. We could not have expanded the event without them and are so grateful for the support they give the Club and the community.
Profits from the Brewfest will go directly to supporting the Boys and Girls Club and although final figures aren’t in, we estimate that it raised over $60,000. That money will go directly to funding staff, programs and supplies – enabling us to keep our membership fees as low as possible.
Thank you to all our sponsors, all our local breweries and all our volunteers. Without you this event could not have happened.
We look forward to seeing you all again at the 3rd Annual Tahoe Brewfest on June 1st 2019.