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Mile High Brew Fest Draws Thousands

14 August 2017  
Before the rains came, a record 2,100 people attended the sixth annual Mile High Brewfest Saturday, August 12th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Mile High Brewfest Breaks Attendance Record, Forced to Cancel Early Due to Strong Monsoon Storm

PRESCOTT- A record breaking 2,100 participants crowded downtown Prescott Saturday, August 12th, to enjoy the sixth annual Mile High Brewfest, a fund raiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona. The event was dry for hours before a monsoon storm forced the festival to end early.

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“Participants embraced the monsoon, as it seemed to enhance the celebratory nature of the crowd,” Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona Development Director Kristen Kerns said in an email. “Eventually, a torrential downpour resulted in a portion of fencing being swept away. Without fencing in place, the event could not continue within the scope of Arizona state liquor laws, and was called about one hour early.”

Before the rain came, individuals lined the streets, listening to live music and trying the over forty beer vendors in attendance.

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Hangar 24 Craft Brewery from Redlands, California attended the event for the third time Saturday as the local scene keeps drawing them back.

“A lot of people here have become more into the craft beer scene,” Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s Orlando Martinez said. “I enjoy doing festivals because I want to raise awareness of our brewery and our brand, but I also enjoy talking and interacting with the people that are out here.”

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Along with featuring breweries from out of state, the beer fest also included many local companies as well, allowing Prescott resident Nina Lewis to try her favorites without having to go from restaurant to restaurant.

“There is a lot of people but a lot of great beers to choose from,” Lewis said. “It’s fun to try all the different local ones without having to go to each restaurant to try the favorites.”

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Kerns said the brew fest raised over $40,000 for the organization who helps youth in the community.

“All in all, it was an event to remember,” Kerns said. “Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona is grateful for the support.”

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Kerns mentioned individuals should mark their calendars for the same weekend next year as the brew fest will return in 2018.

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