Spring Brewfest to feature 42 brewers keep money flowing to local charities

first_imgPerhaps the best thing about Vancouver’s pair of Brewfests is that they raise more and more money for local charities.“I can’t believe it’s been eight years of Brewfests, and it just keeps getting more successful,” said organizer Cody Gray. “Last spring was our best Spring Brewfest yet. We donated $7,500 to charities from spring alone. Then, last August was the best Summer Brewfest yet. We donated another $18,000. Last year was our best year.”Maybe the crowds can keep the trend going in 2019, setting more records for charity support through the sampling of local microbrews. Spring Brewfest is coming right up.“We’re sticking with local charities,” Gray said. A primary beneficiary used to be Northwest Battle Buddies, he said, but that Battle Ground effort to match service dogs with traumatized veterans has grown so successful, “it’s gone nationwide. So we’ve decided to shift” to some other local charities, some of them veteran-related and some not.Gray said the charities benefiting from this year’s Spring Brewfest are no-kill animal shelter Second Chance Companions and the educational Mount St. Helens Institute; and the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, the local branch of Disabled American Veterans in downtown Vancouver.“As a former combat veteran, it’s important to me to take care of the guys and girls who come home from war and need help,” Gray said. “Unfortunately, we still have a problem with humans wanting to kill each other. I’m an anti-war combat veteran, can you tell?”last_img read more