Rock Creek Valley Brewfest, a (fun)draiser

Photo by Lizzie Blumenthal Folks enjoy good beer, food and music at the 1st annual Rock Creek Valley Brewfest, a fundraiser for the Joliet Community Center.

With beautiful views and warm summer sun, the 1st annual Rock Creek Valley Brewfest, Aug. 17, from 6-10 p.m., brought folks out to Joliet Community Center to enjoy local beers, BBQ, music and a good time. As a way to raise funds for the self-supporting community center, event organizer Debbie Schenk was pleased with the turnout and hopes this event can continue to grow. “We think this is a beautiful place to hang out and gather with friends. What a better place to drink beer where you can also see the mountains,” said Schenk.

“We started off with the breweries closest to us with Red Lodge Ales and Laurel’s Fat Jack’s Tap Room, but we hoping to expand.” By reaching out to a new demographic, Schenk believes this event also raises awareness about the potential of the community center and its many uses. “Joliet Community Center was built 13 years ago, totally by donations and continues to be self-supporting. By putting on events like these, we can keep the doors open to the public. 100 percent of the funds from the Brewfest goes back to the community center,” Schenk explained. For an entrance fee of $5, not only did folks enjoy good beers on tap from Red Lodge Ales and Fat Jack’s Tap Room for $4, but “The Liquidators,” also played classic rock grooves and other hits, as good food cooked in the background for $8 a plate.

John Keener of Joliet was happy to have the Brewfest come to the neighborhood. “It’s nice to have this. I can just walk down the street and enjoy good beer.” With help from sponsors, Schenk is grateful for the support of the community to make the event possible. “I want to thank all the people who helped put this together. We had 36 businesses and individuals who did mini sponsorships, which was great,” Schenk said.