The crowd was all smiles while toasting delicious beers, noshing on treats and listening to the sweet sounds of Timeless Highway with Tommy Dodd and Katie Deal at The Farm by Old Edwards.
The Rotary Club of Highlands held its annual Craft Beer Night on Sept. 20 and all proceeds will be sent down with supplies taken by the Highlands Fire and Rescue to Lumberton, N.C. to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.
Last year Rotary raised approximately $2,000 and President Jerry Moore said he’s hoping to double that this year.
“This is by far our most successful event,” said Moore. “It’s so cool what you can accomplish in a small town.”
Moore said he plans on cutting the fire department a check before they head to Lumberton on Monday.
The event was jam-packed with local brewers and restaurants lining the venue and the vibe was relaxation in the mountains while listening to live music.
“We came last year and it was so much fun,” said Delaine Mehder. “There’s good food, you can sample all of the beers, and enjoy the company of everybody. It’s good for the community to come out and support this.”
Kendra Alexander said she sampled many fine brews throughout the night but settled on her favorite being Currahee Brewing Company’s Octoberfest and the food from Meritage Bistro was fantastic.
“This is great and the music is excellent,” said Alexander. “And it’s good the community is helping to support the rest of the state.”
Dasha Okhlopkova also attended the event last year and said it was important to come out and support local brewers and restaurants.
“I think it’s a good idea,” she said. “People like to drink so why not get them together to drink and raise some money to help people.”
Ryan Henry could not agree more about the importance of supporting local businesses and said Craft Beer Night was a great way to get the community together.
“Highlands always comes together in time of need,” said Henry. “Its local people taking care of each other, and of course, drinking great beer.”
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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