Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The 10th annual Brewfest returned to Juneau after being restricted for the last two years due to the pandemic.
Cori Mills, a member of the Brewfest Committee and the Juneau Rotary Club, talked about Saturday afternoon's Brewfest.
Mills said while this would technically be their 12th annual Brewfest, they are calling it their 10th annual Brewfest due to the last two years being under restrictions.
"We're super excited. We're calling it our 10th annual. The pandemic kind of put a stopper in it for a little bit, so we're super excited to be back in full force. 1,000 attendees, basically sold out! We did have one last year, we just pared it down. We limited it to 500. We did it outside, you know, vaccination status was required. We just wanted to be super safe in light of the pandemic. But we were very excited this year to be able to come back and not have those restrictions. And it's outside again. So I think we're still being safe under what we know now. But it's just great to have this back."
Mills described the different vendors at the event.
"We have 18 brewers and distributors across Alaska. Four of them are our local favorites; Alaskan, Devil's Club, Barnaby, and Forbidden Peak. And then we have other distributors Speciality and RNDC. Brewers from just all over Alaska that come here. You get to taste their beers and there are a lot of beers that you don't even get to taste usually. You can't find them at the liquor stores here or the bars."
Mills talked about ticket prices.
"A regular ticket to get in at 1 pm until 5 pm was $40. And then we have an hour ahead of time, 12 to 1 where you can come in and it's a very limited number of tickets, and those are called our VIPs. Those are $65 per person. And then we do have some designated driver tickets. They're not available the day of, but they're available beforehand to pay for that DD and those are $15. It's all for charity."
Mills discussed the recent projects the money will go towards.
"This is put on by two Rotary Clubs in Juneau and Rotary is a charitable organization. One of the projects we're focused on right now actually is putting together food for kids over the weekend. So we know that kids get breakfast and lunch at school, but then what do they do on the weekend? So we're working to come up with a way to make sure they have that food over the weekend as well. We've also built a fence for a family in need that had five foster children who were special needs. We built a fence for them so they could have a safe way to play outside. We've also built a greenhouse out at the prison so that prisoners had ways to work with the plants and garden. So they can do activities that hopefully help restore them in some way."
Mills explained how families in need can receive upcoming weekend food support.
"Once a month, kind of put together those packages and make sure they get to homes. So I would say talk to your schools and tell them that this is a need you have and we'll be connecting with them."
Mills added why Rotary Club is important to her.
"I was a Rotary exchange student, I got to go to Germany because Rotary did that program. And it changed my life. And I know it's changed other kids' lives. I just really believe in the mission of Rotary. We do good stuff here, but we also do good stuff everywhere. I mean, we have millions of Rotary Clubs around the world that are helping their communities. And that's what we're here to do."