Every year we come across more and more festivals that ‘give back’ to society, offering both support and funds to charitable causes. We’ve seen some amazing festivals over the years, many of whom have been non-profit or give a proportion of their profits back to society. It’s always great to hear about how kind people are in the brewing industry and is a great advert for the industry as a whole. We’ve seen this increase so much, we figured that we need to highlight this. So we’ve decided to highlight our ‘Top 5 Festivals that give back’. Now let’s get it straight, this isn’t based on who gave the most or who gave ALL of their profits away. There’s a fine balance that needs to be kept, combining amazing beer and good vibes with a good cause.
#1. THE WILD WEST BREWFEST
Wild West Brewfest, also known as Katy Brew Fest, is held just west of Houston. This year the festival drew in over 7,300 attendees and generated over $140,000 in net profits up from $85,000 in 2015, which was all given back to worthy causes, we encourage you to visit their website www.wildwestbrewfest.com to view all of the wonderful things that this event supports. The festival is run completely by volunteers who are passionate about beer and helping others, even the executive team are all volunteers, there is no fee taken out of this event by anyone! With over 130 brewers and a whopping 500 different brews, this festival is an event that truly loves beer and helps do good things with its proceeds! We are proud to name this event the #1 event in the country that not only is staffed by all volunteers from bottom to the top, but also gives back to those in need. Congratulations goes to the Wild West Brewfest for achieving this coveted spot for the 2016 season!
#2. QUAD STATE BREW FEST
Quad State Beer Fest is held twice a year and is hit up by over 2,000 beer enthusiasts for an epic day of tasting the best beers from the Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia region. With over 30 breweries and 70 beers present, the event makes a great stage for the local charities that the festival partners with. Definitely worth a check out!
#3. CHARLOTTE OKTOBERFEST
Charlotte Oktoberfest® is held at The NC Music Factory. With 6000 craft beer lovers hitting the scene. The festival features live bands, food vendors, guided tours, sponsored activities and of course CRAFT BEER!!! The event showcases over 95 regional, national and international breweries, with over 350 beers to sample. Some choose to wear lederhosen to keep in with the Oktoberfest spirit, but it’s optional! One of the amazing points is that everyone is drinking to support a worthy cause with the festival contributing to over $600,000 to local charities since its inception in 1993.
#4. BOULDER COUNTY BREWBQ FESTIVAL
What’s summer without beer or barbecue? The Annual Boulder County BrewBQ Festival and Fundraiser is the perfect combo of regional craft beer and smoky, juicy BBQ! Barbecuers gather for friendly but spirited competition and with more than 30 brewers providing tasting samples to attendees, this is definitely one not to miss! All event proceeds benefit the YMCA of Boulder Valley’s scholarship fund and Boulder Rotary Club, serving humanity in local and international service projects.
#5. THE 13TH ANNUAL SWIRCA BREWFEST!
Voted Best Brew Festival by Evansville Living Magazine, the 13th annual SWIRCA Brewfest is an event with over 4,000 people attending America’s third oldest ballpark, Historic Bosse Field. Over 300 craft beers, music and food make this Brewfest an epic fundraiser, which benefits SWIRCA & More!
All in all 5 great festivals that give back and there are so many more. So let’s say cheers to drinking while giving back!