Mile High Brewfest serves up beer for a good cause

Mother Road Brewing serves up some libations during the 2013 Mile High Brewfest in downtown Prescott. This year’s third installment is Saturday, Aug. 16. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

Mother Road Brewing serves up some libations during the 2013 Mile High Brewfest in downtown Prescott. This year’s third installment is Saturday, Aug. 16. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

The Fifth Annual Mile High Brewfest takes place Saturday, Aug. 13, downtown on Cortez Street and the courthouse plaza. The event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and benefits Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona (B&GC). More than 41 vendors of beer, cider and wine will present their products for tasting.

Vendors may offer three or four different types of craft beer, or they may have six to eight available – about 140 choices for participants, said Kristen Kerns, B&GC development director. Local breweries contributing include Granite Mountain Brewing, Prescott Brewing Company, Prescott Winery, Lonesome Valley Brewing and Insurgent Brewing Co.

Tickets – must be 21 or older – for this rain-or-shine event are $25, which gets you 15 tasting tickets (4 oz. each), and a Mile High Brewfest Souvenir Tasting Glass. If you purchase tickets online, you’ll also get a souvenir pint glass. Designated drivers get in free of charge. Additional sampling tickets can be purchased.

Enjoy samples from breweries around the Southwest and listen to live music beginning with Pick and Holler (bluegrass), followed by Whiskey Kiss (rock-a-billy) and ending with Trey Odem (country rock).

Kerns said the event will have security present, although they’ve never had to escort anyone out who appears intoxicated. She wants everyone to enjoy the event responsibly.

“We hope to have 1,500 to 2,000 people attend, and we’d like to raise $30,000 this year for Boys and Girls Club,” Kerns said. “We appreciate everyone’s support.”

For a listing of participating brewers, check out the website at MileHighBrewfest.com. The presenting sponsor is Foothills Bank.