There are a lot of good things going on in CTMQ-land in 2015. This here brand new site redesign, talks with publishing houses, some good press, my 300th CT museum visit… But all those things combined pale in comparison to my involvement with the inaugural Connecticut Hops for Hope Brewfest. I am proud to be closely associated with one of the only brewfests that will be giving 100% of every dollar raised to the non-profit Smith-Magenis Syndrome Research Foundation. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by August 30th, which is the date of the brewfest in New Britain.
An extraordinary number of volunteer hours have been put into this event by some incredibly generous friends of mine. My son Damian has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, but this fundraiser is not for him. It is for the SMS community around the world. All monies raised for the SMSRF go directly to research at the Baylor College of Medicine SMSRF Lab.
The event is going to be one of the best brewfests anywhere, with 23 fantastic breweries pouring. Several of which simply don’t do many (if any) of these types of events. The line-up is very Connecticut-centric, but also features national brands like Ballast Point, Long Trail, and Otter Creek. This is not a “Beer party” at which to just get drunk. This is a brewfest in the truest and orginal sense of the word – Friends, camaraderie, food, and fun.
I’ll be thanking the breweries, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone else who has had a hand in making this a reality- and ultimately, a success!
We look forward to seeing you on 8/30 in New Britain!