20th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival Raises Over $140,000 For Local Anderson Valley Non-Profits
07 July 2016
From Anderson Valley Brewing:
July 7, 2016 – Boonville, CA – Once again, the Legendary Boonville Beer Festival brought near-record crowds to the Mendocino County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 30th in a celebration of craft beer while raising money for a good cause. With the continued support of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, the Wee Boont Foundation donated over $140,000 in proceeds from this year’s festival to local non-profits. Over the past 20 years, the Anderson Valley community has benefited from a total of over $1.4 million dollars in donations from the annual event.
Featuring nearly 90 breweries, cideries, and meaderies as well as dozens of food trucks and vendors, the widely popular festival has built a cult following since its inception in 1997. With nearly 7,000 craft beer fans in attendance to celebrate this year’s “Roaring Twenties” theme, the event has become an annual pilgrimage for craft beer fans from across the nation and around the world, many of whom have aptly nicknamed it “The Bucket List Beer Fest.”
Trey White, president and owner of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, said: “20-years is a long time; it’s impressive to see this event continue to grow as it has each year. The sense of camaraderie among our fellow craft breweries, the Anderson Valley community, & all the beer fans is truly remarkable. To come together each year to enjoy great beers, live music, and good people all in an effort to raise funds for worthwhile community causes is something we’re glad to be a part of, because many of these organizations throughout Mendocino County say they wouldn’t be able to sustain their efforts without the generosity of The Wee Boont Foundation.”
The inaugural Legendary Boonville Beer Festival was first held at Anderson Valley Brewing Company in 1997. With such a successful turnout, the brewery decided to invite other breweries and vendors and charge admission to raise profits for their community. Over the past twenty years, the proceeds have been shared by multiple non-profits such as the Anderson Valley Animal Rescue, AV Historical Society, AV Fire Department and Volunteer Firefighters Association, Navarro River Resource, AV Land Trust and KZYX Public Radio. The 21st Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival will be held on Saturday April 29th, 2017 so mark your calendars!