For the fourth year in a row, the St. George Island Brewfest on Saturday, April 27 served the best brews around to a sell-out crowd.
The annual event, an appreciation of craft beer and brewing that benefits the Franklin County Humane Society, saw more than 800 guests sampling the unique offerings of over 45 breweries.
Organized by the SGI Brewfest committee and led by Amy Hodson, president, the Brewfest has grown each year since its founding in 2016, and is now the primary annual fundraiser for the humane hociety. The success of this year’s Brewfest allowed the committee to present the society a check for $40,000.
“We’re very excited to be able to make this donation to the Humane Society after another record-breaking SGI Brewfest,” said Hodson. “With great support from our brewery partners, an overwhelming response from our local sponsors, an army of dedicated volunteers, and as good a group of guests as we could ask for, the Brewfest is really becoming an annual destination event on the Forgotten Coast.”
And she’s not kidding – the guest list at the shindig included beer aficionados from 17 states, as well as international visitors from England and Spain. Many of them are repeat attendees who enjoy introducing others to the event and to the area.
“We look forward to the SGI Brewfest all year, we haven’t missed one yet!” said Justin McQueen, who with his wife Michelle travels from Cincinnati each April. “We have a family vacation each summer on St. George Island, but the two of us come in the spring for Brewfest.”
This year, the McQueens brought five friends with them who all work in the beverage industry to check out the suds scene on the southern coast.
The Brewfest’s marketing director, Cutler Edwards, said this is exactly what the committee is looking for. “We have a really special event here, in a really special place,” he said. “Having folks come and stay on the Forgotten Coast, learn more about the wonderful work of Florida breweries - from Franklin County’s own Oyster City Brewing and Eastpoint Beer Company to the host of others from around the state - and contribute to a great cause in the process? It’s a win-win all around, and we’re already planning for next year!”