Capital Brewfest draws hundreds in second year

The sun was shining, beer was flowing and the music was playing to the enjoyment of nearly 750 people who converged on downtown Juneau Saturday for the second annual Capital Brewfest, put on by the Rotary Club of Juneau.

 

Eight Alaska brewers and three distributors worked with about 60 volunteers to quench the thirst of the happy crowd from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, and live performers provided the musical entertainment.

“The beer is amazing — this is stuff you can’t get bottled here in Juneau,” said Dave Noon, a Juneau resident of 11 years. “We’ve been drinking a lot, and it’s all really good.”

Food choices like barbecue, Korean-inspired tacos, beer-flavored ice cream and premium corn were available from a number of food stands dotting the outside portion of the event, which was a fenced off area behind the JACC.

The best part of the day for the rotary club’s event chair, Cori Mills, was the joy it brought to everyone at the event.

“It has a community feel, and it kind of brings Juneau together,” she said.

For some, it revealed a part of Juneau they had not discovered even after a decade of living in Alaska’s capital city.

“I didn’t realize so many fashionable young people lived here,” Mark Gnadt said as he enjoyed a local brew with friends. “You think you know everyone until you come to Brewfest.”

Attendees paid $5 for a “designated driver” wristband which allowed entrance to the event but did not allow drinking. The full-fledged ticket cost $30.

By the time the party had subsided, organizers realized the fundraising goal had likely been exceeded.

The rotary club hoped for about $16,000 in net profit, but the early estimates indicated the number will actually be closer to $20,000, Mills said.

One-quarter of that money will go to the rotary club’s charity partner for this year’s event, the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, and the rest will go to the rotary club.

SAGA focuses on developing college-age people and building teamwork skills, and the rotary club is focusing its efforts on education this year as well.

“This year, we are focusing on literacy so this will probably go toward some projects for that,” Mills said.

•Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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