June 16th, 2018 marked the first ever “Sussex Rotary Brew Fest presented by Turnbull and Kindred” at Poley Mountain Resort in Waterford, NB. As the very first Brew Fest of its kind in Sussex, over 260 guests enjoyed a sampling of locally made craft beer, cider, mead and even spirits from the newly opened Sussex Craft Distillery of Sussex Corner. The funds raised from the Sussex Rotary Brew Fest will be used to provide the young children in our community the gift of literacy, through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as well as other causes supported by the club.
Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.
The Sussex Rotary Brew Fest was a great success because of our guests, vendors, and generous sponsors!
“And a huge thank you to Lloyd Chambers of Fredericton Beer Festival http://frederictoncraftbeerfestival.com/. Without Lloyd’s kind assistance in helping arrange every aspect of the First Annual Sussex Rotary Brew Fest, it would not have been possible. He made himself and his talents available from the beginning of the planning stages, until the end of the night of the Brew Fest and beyond. His contribution to this event cannot be overstated says Brew Fest Chair Ange Cummings and her committee. Thanks Lloyd!”
We have already started planning for the 2nd annual Sussex Rotary Brew Fest to make sure it is even bigger and better!
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We are also very pleased with the excellent response we received from our VENDORS! They were very responsive to our guests, and certainly had great product. We hope to see them all back with us next year!
Big Tide Brewing
Pollen Angel by Sunset Heights Meadery
Red Rover Craft Cider
Big Axe Brewery
Picaroons Traditional Ales
Holy Whale Brewing
Flying Boats Brewing
McClelland Premium Imports
Sussex Craft Distillery
Sussex Rotary also wants to acknowledge with THANKS the “Community Friends” below who contributed $225.00 for a one year sponsorship for a child through the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Tax receipts are issued to any individual who does financially contribute toward this great project of our Club.
Fairway Inn and JJs Diner
Whitters Wealth Management
Lisa’s Playhouse and Tir na Nog Forest School
A Choice Tutoring
Erik Homenik Law
Chris Miller Accounting
Some pictures from the evening which we hope will depict the fun, fellowship, sharing of product, and atmosphere of the evening. As a major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Sussex Charitable Trusts Inc., it was certainly a great evening which showed us that it is only the beginning for this annual event. Thanks again for your tremendous response!
Turnbull & Kindred, our GOLD sponsor.
Our main recipient from the proceeds from our sponsors was our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program which mails a high quality, age appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.
Pictured above displaying some of the monthly books received by children are (L-R) Rotary Club President Lisa Brown, Club Chair for the youth Interact Committee Alaina Alexander, and Club Treasurer Mary McNair.
And of course, the evening would not have been complete if Dolly Parton had not been there to again demonstrate the great children’s program she started years before. With Dolly and Club members Tina Monahan and the Beard Man, Matt White.
As can be seen, crowds lined up early to ensure they did not miss any of the evening!
Many of our guests took advantage of the bus to drive from Sussex to Poley. While on the bus, they were welcomed by Rotarian Shelley Vail with some munchies to eat along the way. With Shelley is Optimum Ride bus driver Bobby Booth.
Pictured above is one of our Vendors, Sussex Distillery- second from right is Marcus DeWinter with Greg McCollom. Talking to them are Marcus’s nephews Johnny and Christopher. On the far left is Matt White, the Beard Man.
Vendor John Way of Pollen Angels is shown above talking to a guest, Brian Steeves.
Our Club was so excited to announce in January of 2018 “Coming to Poley Mountain, Saturday, June 16th, the first ever Sussex Brew Fest! Sponsorship opportunities for your company! Message us for details. Like and share the page for updates and upcoming ticket info www.facebook.com/sussexbrewfest.”
Order tickets by clicking Purchase Tickets, or contact any Rotary member. They are available starting Jan. 31, 2018.
Our Club was so excited that the Kings County Record did a story on our upcoming Sussex Rotary Brew Fest.
See the story below:
The following story was in the Kings County Record in Dec., 2017.
Craft Beer Festival to hit Sussex
TIFFANY LEWIS KINGS COUNTY RECORD
SUSSEX• Sussex will get its first sip of a craft beer festival this summer.
The Sussex Rotary Brew Fest will take place on June 16 of next year and will showcase a variety of craft beer, spirits, cider and wine from the Maritimes for people to sample and peruse.
The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Sussex, a service group aimed at promoting peace, building local economies and supporting education among other goals, and will be held at Poley Mountain. Upon purchasing a ticket, guests will receive a five ounce glass at the event where they will be able to meander to different craft beer booths for two and a half hours and take their pick at different samples.
“I think it’s going to be a great event,” said Lloyd Chambers of the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival who will be organizing the one in Sussex.“The Rotary Club of Sussex does all kinds of great work. It’s a great team and it’s an opportunity for people to come and try products they may not have tried or they’ve thought about trying, or even if they’re not familiar with craft beer they can come and there’ll be something in there I’m sure they’ll enjoy.”
The event falls on Father’s Day weekend, a time Angie Cummings, director of the Rotary Club of Sussex and chair of the Brew Fest Task Committee, said is a great fit for such an event.
“It’ll be a good opportunity for dads to get out and celebrate and a wonderful Father’s Day gift for someone to give their dad a ticket for,”she said.
Chambers said he will be reaching out to the 30 breweries in the province and will also invite the new distillery in town, Sussex Craft Distillery, to attend. The dairy town was attractive pick for the festival organizer.
“I think Sussex is a great spot. It fits into a lot of what craft beer is, a lot of local stuff with all the farming in Sussex and stuff like that, so it just seemed [like] a really good fit,”he said.
An emphasis on safety will be key for the event. Chambers said he will be focusing on getting people transported to Poley Mountain safely and will be looking into bussing options and other designated driving methods.
“We want to make sure everyone’s really responsible,” he mentioned. “We’ll put on a really good festival, everyone can enjoy tasting all the different craft products from Atlantic Canada plus that they’re being responsible and we’re helping them look after themselves and make sure they get home safe.”
VIP tickets will also be available which will offer people three and a half hours to try out the different samples. Tickets will be available in the next two to three weeks, Cummings said. An announcement for the tickets will be posted on the Sussex Brew Fest Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sussexbrewfest