The Southwest Florida Brew Crafters are a local club, mostly volunteers with a passion for the art of micro and macro brewing. The education platforms for it, technological advancements and tasting seminars are purely a sample of what they do in the region to promote awareness and events throughout. And what a sampling this one was.
The Bonita Brewfest is in its fourth year, off of Old 41 in Bonita Springs, they gathered together a couple dozen local breweries and food trucks and musicians and decided to have a grand old day out on the lawn.
“We’ve worked with a lot of these guys for years, so when we got the opportunity to run the event we were stoked,” Cass Palmer, the president of the club said. “We recently got our Non-Profit status and it opened a lot of doors in the area for us to really give back to the community. We’re trying to have local events and tastings at various breweries pretty much every month.”
Cass’ passion is shared amongst the club, they rib each other like old friends, but they know their business and do their best to promote their best plans.
“I want Bonita and Fort Myers to see these kind of events and realize that there’s an amazing set of opportunities available if they let us,” Cass said. “There’s maybe 20 to 30 percent of the crowd that’s over 50, which is perfectly fine for me, I’m pushing it too, but it’s a huge youth wave you never would have seen in the area a decade ago. It’s a sure sign of growth and trust in the communities.”
3 Daughters Brewing, Big Blue, Cigar City, Bury Me and Bone Hook are just a couple examples of local, in our backyard breweries that have been pushing their art out amongst the crowds, and to some success, judging by the crowd’s reactions to the sampling, there isn’t a bad drink in the crowd.
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