The Barley Grail cooperative brewery will host its first event that will combine brewing and philanthropy April 2.
Brew Madness will take place at Studio 526, located at 526 Grant St., in downtown Akron, across the street from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The night will coincide with the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Tournament and a variety of local craft beers will be available. There will be a home brew competition, 50/50 raffle, food from local restaurants, live music and education about the partnership between cooperative breweries and philanthropy.
Admission is $15 ($20 at the door) and includes five raffle tickets. VIP admission is $50 and includes 10 raffle tickets, a Barley Grail glass, and $1 off all beer for the night. All proceeds will be donated to local nonprofits and charities.
This is Barley Grail’s inaugural event and a major step in a quest for creating a platform where people can help their community by simply drinking local craft beer. Attendees must be 21 and over.
Sponsors include Bill White’s Akron Lanes, Label Peelers, Summit Insurance Agency, The Grape and Granary, Nye Financial Group and Ivory & Birch.
For info, visit www.barleygrail.com/events.
The event is the first for Barley Grail Brewing Cooperative. According to its website, Barley Grail’s mission is, “to incubate a number of different successful nano-brewers, to create sustainable and positive community impact through the responsible enjoyment of craft beer, and to make the dream of owning a brewery accessible to everyone.”
The man who is bringing the idea of a craft beer brewing and philanthropy hybrid to Akron is Randy Nye, a beer enthusiast and three-time attendee of Oktoberfest in Munich. Nye did his homework and discovered it is an idea that, with member support, can make would-be brewers’ dreams come true while supporting some worthy causes.
Some of the important work of those causes includes:
- generating awareness and providing material support to individuals with cognitive or neurological disorders or disabilities;
- supporting local EMS, police and fire departments;
- supporting active military and veterans;
- promoting ethnic and national heritage;
- helping provide adequate and affordable legal counsel; and
- protecting creative integrity and intellectual property in media and art
For more information about Barley Grail Brewing Cooperative or to purchase tickets to Brew Madness, go to www.BarleyGrail.com.
To inquire about sponsoring an event or about entering your beer in our competition, please email Michael Rossi at [email protected].