All are invited to sample some of the locally available craft beers and help a worthy cause at West Plains BrewFest, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in the Magnolia Room at the West Plains Civic Center.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Plains Council on the Arts’ Gatewood Family Scholarship, which will be awarded to an area graduating high school senior planning to major in music and/or art education. The event is being sponsored by the West Plains Council on the Arts, Great Rivers Distributing, GrellnerSales & Services, and Piney River Brewing of Bucyrus.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample more than 40 craft beers, organizers said. Participating breweries include Mother’s Brewing and Springfield Brewing, both of Springfield; Rock Bridge Brewing of Columbia; and Piney River Brewing. Specially selected craft beers from Great Rivers Distributing and Grellner Sales also will be featured, organizers said.
“Piney River is very excited to participate in a beer festival to support a great cause in our own back yard,” said owner Joleen Senter Durham. “We are going to have some ‘special’ beers to pour, as well as our flagship beers. We are really looking forward to this!”
In addition to the sampling, attendees can enjoy locally prepared hors d’oeuvres, organizers said, and the first 300 through the doors will receive a souvenir tasting glass.
Admission is $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. Blocks of 11 tickets are available for $200. All attendees must be over 21 and have a valid photo ID. Advanced tickets can be purchased in West Plains at Eastside Package, 1124 Grace Ave.; Howell County Outpost, 4972 U.S. Highway 160; and Party Pantry, 1460 GibsonAve. They also may be purchased at Piney River Brewing, 15194 Walnut Grove, in Bucyrus.
More information about the West Plains BrewFest can be found at http://terricomb.wix.com/west-plains-brewfest, VisitMo.com, BeerAdvocate.com, or at the event’s Facebook page, West Plains BrewFest. E-mail inquiries may be sent to Terri Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 417-505-0812.
For those wanting overnight accommodations, the Grand Villa motel will give a 10 percent discount rate Feb. 22 to anyone who tells themthey are with the BrewFest.