By NICHOLAS PAGE
On Saturday, June 18, Lewisville residents will be offered quite a treat with The Best Little Brewfest in Texas coming to Old Town. Four years ago Kim Cloud and Daynor Stinson started Brewfest to benefit Cloud 9 Charities, which raises money for women and children who are less able to help themselves. Every year the event brings in nearly 4,000 music and beer lovers from across the metroplex.
Beer enthusiasts will have a chance to peruse the car and bike show from 12-3 p.m. then sample the best beer in Texas. More than 90 breweries will be in attendance throughout 21,000 square feet of space— all while acoustic musicians play.
If beer isn’t your thing, distilleries and wineries will also be handing out samples in the MCL Grand Theater Courtyard. Seems like Brewfest will have something for everyone, as there will also be food trucks to satisfy anyone’s appetite. In Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Brewfest will provide a “Cool Zone” that includes misting fans and coolers to help guests beat the heat.
While having a good time is a key for the event, raising money for charity is the real goal.
The Cloud 9 Charity Board meets monthly to decide which organization it will reward funds to. In the past, Cloud 9 has helped Lewisville ISD’s Project SEARCH, Children’s Advocacy of Denton County, CASA, Metroport Meals on Wheels, and many more. Over the last 13 years the group has raised over $2.3 million for local charities. “We have never considered doing this festival for profit,” Kim Cloud, founder of Cloud 9 Charities, explained.
With the event growing larger and larger each year, the City of Lewisville plays an integral part in Brewfest’s success. The city pays a $20,000 host fee to the event, provides some basic logistics support such as street closures and site review, and also helps with the marketing strategy. “There are a lot of exciting changes coming to old Town Lewisville right now and an event such as Best Little Brewfest helps increase awareness and future visitation,” Community Relations and Tourism Director James Kunke said.
Right after last year’s event began to disassemble, planning for this year’s began. Over 200 volunteers will help to make the 2016 Brewfest bigger and better than the year before.
General admission is $35 and all attendees will receive a souvenir tasting cup and tasting card good for 12 beer samples, with wine and distillery tastings counting as more than one tasting. The professional brewery competition winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on the Main Stage.
According to Cloud, this competition is the only professional brewing competition in the state featuring Texas craft beer.
When asked her favorite part of Brewfest, Kim Cloud said, “The music is great, the food is delicious and the beer is spectacular. There is something for everyone!” Tickets are available at BLBFIT.com.
Photos from 2015 Best Little Brewfest in Texas: