Originally Published: June 21, 2015 6 a.m.
Good thing there was plenty of cold beer to drink at the Mile High Brewfest on Saturday, June 20; because it was hot!
With temperatures reaching as high as 95 degrees in the peak hours of the day, event coordinators were glad they moved the event from its location last year on Goodwin Street to Cortez Street so that they could take advantage of the courthouse park's trees.
"Of course it's the hottest day of the year," exclaimed Kristen Kerns, Events and Grants Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona said.
Founded by event coordinator Gillian Haley-Meierbachtol and Christian DeLeone, the Mile High Brewfest was created about five years ago to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona. The clubs - located in Prescott and Prescott Valley - give parents affordable after-school and summer camp care for their children, according to Kerns.
About 35 beer vendors from throughout the Southwest and several local food vendors graced the event, which kicked off at 1 p.m. and powered through the heat until about 6 p.m.
Three bands were featured as well: Pick & Holler (Blue Grass Country); Alice Wallace (Folk Country); and Whiskey Kiss (Rockabilly).
The numbers haven't been released, but they hope they reached at least the number of participants at they got last year (about 2,500).
Next year, they're looking to go big.
"We're hoping to do a huge, huge, huge deal next year," Haley-Meierbachtol.
If the Mile High Middle School's board approves it, they're aiming to expand their space even further by having it be on the school's grassy field.
"I know they [the board] gets some pushback on that, so we'll see," Haley-Meierbachtol said. "If not, we'll just do it right here again."
This was the second major fundraiser the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arizona has held so far this year, according to Joe Baynes, the organization's board president. Their next event will be a mud run in Prescott Valley in September and then they hope to squeeze in one more big fundraiser before the year ends.
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