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Shelter will benefit from festival

Fundraiser — Growler Brew Fest hopes to become a seasonal event, with goal to donate proceeds to Newberg Animal Shelter, aiming for $2,000


Three local business owners have combined forces to help the Newberg Animal Shelter.

“The idea came from three of us, Bradley Speer (Bradley Ceramics), myself and David Fish at Fox Farm,” said Krista McCallum, a representative of 237 Marketing and Web and a sponsor of Growler Brew Fest. “We started talking and we wanted to do something locally, something we all shared was our love of dogs. It was an instant connection and brainstorming how each of us could contribute in the biggest way.”

The trio landed on an event to benefit the animal shelter.

“It features four local brewers, all from the (Chehalem) Valley area,” McCallum said. “For admission cost, everyone receives eight tastes and they’re also going to receive a limited edition ceramic mug that’s theirs to take home.”

Fish said Growler Brew Fest is filling a need and creating a warm, fuzzy feeling for those involved.

“It’s gently stepping outside of the box; wineries usually just do wine events, but we think it’d be fun to combine all of our love of animals,” he said.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. McCallum said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the shelter.

“Then all of participating breweries are donating 15 percent of their additional sales,” she said. “There has been a lot donated in terms of time and effort and those kinds of things. We’re going to make sure the animal shelter gets some money because I know their funding is low right now.”

Fish said if they sell all 120 tickets available, they should be able to donate at least $2,000 to the shelter. But McCallum said this is just the beginning for the Grower Brew Fest.

“We’re actually calling it the first seasonal because we hope to do this twice a year for the animal shelter,” she said. “We thought it was a fun play on beer seasonality and we know finding for nonprofits often ebbs and flows seasonally.

She added the next event is already in the works, with the hope of expanding and adding more vendors.

“Once we get a benchmark for the event we hope to expand the number of tickets and expand the number of participating breweries,” she said. There are also a couple of caterers interested in joining the next event.

Darleen Harding, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department animal control officer who oversees the shelter, said they were surprised to find out they were the benefactors of an event.

“It will help, everything helps,” Harding said. “We’re hoping it’s something they can continue. We’re really excited about it and hope it’s successful.”

Fish said the shelter has offered to help with marketing as well, and believes it will be a successful event.

“If you think about it, everyone likes beer and puppies,” he said.

For more information, visit www.growlerbrewfest.com.



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