Another Brewfest A Wrap!

Many of you attended the Suds and Spurs Brewfest last weekend, an annual event that serves as the Chamber’s primary fundraiser and draws hundreds of visitors to Sheridan.  The weather was beautiful, the location fantastic, the music outstanding, and those in attendance showed up to support the Chamber while sampling delicious craft brews in beautiful Whitney Commons.  In all, it took four staff, eighteen brewers plus two distributors, forty-nine sponsors, and forty-two volunteers to pull off this year’s fundraising event.  Today, I’d like to acknowledge those who contributed to its success. 

First, the Chamber staff – Teresa, Ryan and Karen – dedicated countless hours the days and weeks prior to the event and handled every detail seamlessly.  Also, the two distributors and eighteen brewers proudly poured some of their finest products and welcomed attendees with genuine enthusiasm.   Without a doubt, though, success would not be possible without the aid of our many volunteers.  We’re blessed in this community that the volunteer spirit is so abundant.  The commitment and dedication of these individuals cannot be praised loudly enough.  Thank you to Jim Schellinger, Heather McDowell, Evan Jones, Meredith Sopko, Yvonne Swanson, Kitt Laidlaw, Debi Isakson, Bob DeFries, Stella Montano, Jason Wille, Lindsay Fischer, Susie Ponce, Rob Johnson, Seth Tomisich, Mark Hall, Cathy Wilson, Ken Thorpe, Darin Olson, Jack Wood, Kathleen Wood, Mick Johnson, Elaine Henry, Kim Lanners, Brenda Rendon, Chip King, Mike Nickel, Jarod Martin, Tye Bach, Tim Barnes, and Travis Zeilstra, as well as Chamber Board Members Richard Garber, Adam Bunker, Nicole Christensen, Erin DeFries, Travis Evans, Jeff Feck, Jessica Garrelts, Theresa Hamilton, Cheryl Harrelson, Stacia Skretteberg, Wendy Smith and Nate Williams.

Our wonderful Brewfest sponsors this year included Fremont Toyota, Big Horn Beverage, Black Tooth Brewing Company, Cowboy State Bank, Holiday Inn, Powder River Heating & Air Conditioning, Sheridan Travel & Tourism, ACT, Martin Party Rentals, Zowada Plumbing & Heating, Bighorn Design, Cosner Construction, Cottonwood Kitchen Shop, Flood Marketing, Hammer Chevrolet, Kilpatrick Creations, Montana Dakota Utilities, Perkins Family Restaurant, PO News & Flagstaff Café, Pony Grill & Bar, Sheridan Physical Therapy, Tire Rama, Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, Wyoming Beverage/Pepsi,  Associated Construction Engineering, Atlas Chiropractic, Frackelton’s, Harker Mellinger, Holland Duell Financial, Star Video & Audio, Twin M Designs, Vacutech, Wyoming Electric, Albertsons, AlphaGraphics, City of Sheridan, Hidden Bridge Golf Course, Jimmy Johns, The Mint Bar, Rainbow Bar, Sheridan County Library, Sheridan Police Department, Sheridan Senior Center, and Whitney Benefits.  In addition, raffle sponsors are Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Peak Powersports, Home Depot, Flood Marketing, and Kraft’s Fine Jewelry.  And to note, raffle tickets are still available at the Chamber office, with drawing to be held in just a few weeks.

While the books are almost closed on the 5th annual Brewfest, it is safe to say that this event left its mark on Sheridan!  With temperatures hovering around 80 degrees, it was a near-perfect day for the estimated 1,500 attendees to sample fine craft beers from some of the region’s premier breweries, all while enjoying live music by Tris Munsick, delicious food from Pie in the Sky, 307 Bucking Grill, and the Best Out West BBQ.   And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the winners of this year’s coveted Tom Balding Spur Awards for People’s Choice Best Brewery and Belgian Ale Competition.  People’s Choice went to Black Tooth Brewing Company, while Uberbrew won for their 16:32 Single Speed Saison Belgian Ale.  As Chad with Uberbrew put it when receiving his award, “We’ll be back.  This is by far the best Brewfest we go to every year!”  Thank you, attendees, brewers, sponsors, staff and volunteers, for making this fundraiser another huge success!

By Dixie Johnson, Chamber CEO.

 

[This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspectives” column in The Sheridan Press on September 3, 2016.]

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