Cheers for Brewfest

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, Executive Director

Dixie Johnson
Executive Director
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article was published on the “Community Voice” page
of The Sheridan Press, September 15, 2012

Last Saturday proved to be a perfect day for our first Fremont Toyota Chamber Brewfest fundraiser. Ten months of planning turned into two weeks of last minute scrambling. But the sun came out and the more than 800 people in attendance enjoyed a beautiful September day.

One thing I know for sure is the success of our first Brewfest would not have been possible without the efforts of so many. I’d especially like to give a big shout out to Tim Barnes, with Black Tooth Brewing Co. Tim was instrumental in helping us pick the date, secure the location, line up entertainment, as well as in helping make initial contacts with many of the Breweries in attendance. His passion and his vision helped us map out our event course.

Matt Childers with Fremont Toyota once again stepped up to the plate as this year’s Premier Sponsor! Special thanks go out to Matt and his staff. And Whitney Benefits was gracious enough to allow us to hold our event at Whitney Plaza. Kudos are extended to Janet Austin, Whitney Benefits Coordinator, who met us at the event site time and time again, if only to look at things one more time or tweak something here or there.

Pairing our first-ever event of this type with the Pony Grill & Bar’s Cookout Competition was a no-brainer. Tye Bach jumped in early on and was an integral part of the planning process, start to finish. He also prepared an outstanding meal for our Friday evening brewers’ welcome reception, and that meal, along with Black Tooth beverages, provided a great start to the weekend.

Congratulations also go out to all the teams who competed and placed in the Pony’s 4th Annual BBQ Cookout Competition.

And, congratulations also go out to Black Tooth Brewery for winning the Balding Sheridan Spur People’s Choice Award for Best Brewery! If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the spectacular craftsmanship of this fine piece of art, please stop by the brewery (I’m pretty sure Tim or Travis will be happy to show it off).

Most deserving of recognition and our gratitude for helping with the success of our first Brewfest include: Fremont Toyota, Black Tooth Brewing Co., Pony Grill & Bar, ACT, The Wood Group, Emeritus at Sugarland Ridge, Sheridan Media, Best Western, Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, Zowada Plumbing & Heating, Perkins Restaurant, Powder River Heating & Air, Farm Bureau Financial Services (Erin & Bob DeFries), Cloud Peak Energy, Ptolemy Data Systems, Decker Coal, First Federal Savings Bank, The Sheridan Press, Martin Party Rentals, Wyoming Electric, Wyotana Premium Specialty Meats, Sheridan Travel & Tourism, the City of Sheridan, and Whitney Plaza Owners’ Association.

But that’s not all. Our entertainers, which included Gary Small, The Craft Brothers, and the Teka Brock Band, along with Sound Connection and Tin Star Records, all did an outstanding job.

The event was rounded out perfectly by having delicious meals provided by Killy’s, the Pony, Barclay’s, Pico de Guyo, and Domino’s.

And, to the dozens of volunteers who pitched in, made suggestions, poured beer, set up, cleaned up, and pretty much did whatever was necessary – along with the hundreds who attended – we thank you from the bottom of our glasses!


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