Drink good beer and support The Literacy Council at Rotary Craft Beer Night

Rotary Craft Beer Night is a night of beer, music, food, and fun with all proceeds going to The Literacy Council sponsored by the Rotary Club of Highlands. The event is Monday, Sept. 30, at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn with Silly Ridge Roundup performing. Tickets are still available, purchase HERE.

Dale Heinlein, owner of Satulah Mountain Brewing Co. in Highlands, is one of the many talented brewers who are psyched for the event and will feature brews like Summer Fling, Winduz Up, Sunset Saison, and Hazy IPA.

“The community and Rotary come together for a good cause and support something local,” said Heinlein. “We’ve been doing this for several years and it’s a good variety of beers and food, it’s always fun.”

TLC is a nonprofit aimed at enriching the lives of children, adults, and families in both Macon and Jackson counties through a variety of educational programs; including after-school enrichment, ESL and GED classes, tutoring, and adult literacy programs, to name a few.

Satulah Mountain Brewing Company is one of many brewers offering a tasty variety of options at this year’s Rotary Craft Beer Night.

TLC Executive Director Bonnie Potts said she is grateful TLC was chosen as the recipient this year and that proceeds from Craft Beer Night will go specifically towards the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

The Imagination Library program delivers free books (once a month) to children from birth to 5 years old. The program costs TLC $30 per child and there are over 1,000 children in the program in Macon County alone. 

Due to steady growth in services, TLC is currently renovating the old post office in Highlands Plaza and plan to move in soon. Craft Beer Night Event Manager and Rotary Board Member Keith Crawford said supporting TLC during their move to a larger facility was a great way to support a community asset.

“The reason we choose the Literacy Council Building Campaign Fund, this building will help many in the community for years to come, which is what our club does, we work to help keep our community great,” said Crawford.

Craft Beer Night was the vision of Rotarian Christy Kelly as a way to get the younger-local crowd involved in Rotary events. Kelly lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. 

“Since this event had been her idea along with the fact that she loved Rotary, we are dedicating this year’s event to her memory,” said Crawford.

Last year’s Rotary Craft Beer Night was in support of North Carolina Hurricane Flood Relief, read the article HERE.

Read more about The Literacy Council’s programs HERE.

Breweries Involved in Rotary Craft Beer Night:

Currahee Brewing Company
The Unknown Brewing Company
Satulah Mountain Brewing Company
UpCountry Brewing
Highland Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sweeten Creek Brewing
The Mason Jar Lager Company

Pictured at the top of the article is Dale Heinlein of Satulah Mountain Brewing Co. in Highlands testing the wares.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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