Sorry for the delay on this one, wanted to get the books in order and checks cut before putting a post up. This is the time of year to look back, look forward, and to give thanks. Without pause, I have to give thanks to all of you for helping to make this the best anniversary party yet.
This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.
First thanks needs to go to Urban Chestnut for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience in letting us put this event on at their Grove location. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and UCBC’s Ryan Rakel (and the whole UCBC crew) went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to all of UCBC.
A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my fiance Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up. This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.
Another thank you to Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced for dealing with a cool and rainy night and serving up food to you all. These are the best food trucks in St. Louis, make sure to spend some money with them the next time you see them.
A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, Grey Eagle, and Shelton Brothers.
This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:
International Tap House
We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:
Wine and Cheese Place
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Square One Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Global Brew Tap House
Ices Plain and Fancy
Yoga Buzz STL
God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.
And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:
$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $2091.46 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.
This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough. Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals. Thank you all again and have a wonderful holiday season. We’ll see you all next year for this event!