On Friday, August 1, 2014, Community Shares hosted another Summer Home Brews Tasting Party. The day was perfect, with the event taking place in the later part of the afternoon. The weather was nice, the sun was shining, and the brews were in heavy demand. The people in attendance, including the brewers themselves, were a great group to be around. The atmosphere was full of good vibes inside a beautiful house located off of 28th and Humboldt. There was also a silent auction including plenty of Naked Grape wine, an “under 21” basket, a “dogs and beer” basket, and obviously, a variety of beer.
Snacks and refreshments were, of course, impeccable. People were greeted at check-in with pretzel necklaces to pair with the brews. Between the brews and homemade seven layer dip, it was hard to stop eating and drinking. There were twelve brews total, all with very distinct tastes. A couple of crowd favorites included Terry Martin’s “Pucker Up Buttercup”, Greg Corliss’ “Radschlager”, and Joel Philp’s “Belgian Pale Ale.” Second place as well as the People’s Choice Award went to Jordan MacKnick, Owen Zinaman, and Ariel Miara for their “Riot Queue”, a mild, easy drinking brew with a distinct nuttiness. First place went to Joel Philp’s “Belgian Pale Ale,” he probably won the judges over with the citrus brittle that he offered alongside his brew.
Community Shares was founded 25 years ago by a collective of eight small nonprofit organizations. Today Community Shares represents over 100 nonprofit organizations. The organization has worked with over 150 local businesses and companies. The projected donation amount for the year of 2014 is a whopping $3 million with the average donor gift equates to one dollar per work day. The organization helps out quite a bit in the community and has a wonderful team behind it.
This brew party served not only as an opportunity to drink great beer, it was also a celebration and farewell to Community Shares member, Cindy Chang. She has contributed a great deal to the organization with much success in tow. Community Shares hosts a few brew parties a year. For more information on their upcoming events please click here.