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Locals, visitors enjoy Mile High Brewfest
Participants seem to be having a good time, organizer says

Michelle Haiser, Janet Bernard and Nicole Anderson enjoy some brews at the eighth annual Mile High Brewfest at Prescott Mile High Middle School Saturday, Aug. 10. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Michelle Haiser, Janet Bernard and Nicole Anderson enjoy some brews at the eighth annual Mile High Brewfest at Prescott Mile High Middle School Saturday, Aug. 10. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

About an hour and a half into the eighth annual Mile High Brewfest, or two and a half hours for VIP ticketholders, and things were going well, said event organizer Molly Fernow, development officer at Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona.

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Prescott Brewing Company Lead Brewer Jan Brown pours a glass at the eighth annual Mile High Brewfest at Prescott Mile High Middle School Saturday, Aug. 10. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

“Everyone seems to be having a good time and we love to see that,” Fernow said as Scandalous Hands played through their set.

The event this year, held on the Prescott Mile High Middle School athletic field Saturday, Aug. 10, featured numerous participating brewers including Granite Mountain Brewing, Insurgent Brewing Company, Freak’n Brewing Company, Four Peaks Brewing Company and Prescott Brewing Company as well as food trucks and music by local bands Scandalous Hands and the CheekTones.

The amount of interested drinkers to Prescott Brewing Company fluctuated with people working their way from one end of the aisle of brewers offering their beverages to the other, said Lead Brewer Jan Brown. Of Prescott Brewing Company’s offerings, the chocolate porter known as the Achocolypse was garnering the most attention, Brown said.

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DJ Sheridan and Candace Devine enjoy music and brews at the eighth annual Mile High Brewfest at Prescott Mile High Middle School Saturday, Aug. 10.

“It’s a dark beer,” he said. “It’s different and it’s good.”

While some of the afternoon’s attendees didn’t have to go very far in order to make it to the event, Janet Bernard, Michelle Haiser and Nicole Anderson said they came from Phoenix and have been coming to the Mile High Brewfest for the last four years because of the cooler weather. It’s also fun, laid back and a good time, Haiser said.

Locals, such as Candace Devine and DJ Sheridan were also having a great time.

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Scandalous Hands perform at the eighth annual Mile High Brewfest at Prescott Mile High Middle School Saturday, Aug. 10.

They’d already tried a few of the beers and were working on an alcoholic kombucha, Devine said. There were a couple reasons they came to the event Sheridan said.

“We just want to always support local,” he said. “And I like beer.”

All of the money the event brought in goes to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona and helps the organization keep its doors open every day, Fernow said.

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