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21st Annual Boonville Beer Festival Raises $150,000 For Charity

This year's Boonville Beer Festival raised more than $150,000 for local Anderson Valley charities. For more, see below:

August 4, 2017 – Boonville, CA – With near perfect weather and over 6,000 good-natured craft beer loving fans in attendance, records were broken this year on Saturday, April 29th when The Legendary Boonville Beer Festival raised over $150,000 to support local non-profits throughout the Anderson Valley. For over two decades, The Wee Boont Foundation (with support from Anderson Valley Brewing Company) has dispersed over $1.5 million dollars in donations from the annual “Bahl Hornin’ Tidrick” (that means ‘Craft Beer Festival’ in the local Boontling dialect of the historic Anderson Valley.)

With a tongue-in-cheek nod to the 21st incarnation of this legendary event, this year’s theme was “We’re Legal!” and showcased over 80 breweries and cideries at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA.  With hundreds of libations to choose from, as well as dozens of assorted vendors and food trucks featuring cuisine from around the world, it’s no wonder this highly popular festival has built a cult following over the years. Since the inaugural festival was held at Anderson Valley Brewing Company in 1997, it has grown exponentially and continues to draw people from across the United States and around the world.

“What can I say?  This event never ceases to amaze me,” said Trey White, president and owner of Anderson Valley Brewing Company. “Without the generous donations from our brewer friends, not to mention the countless volunteer hours from the fine folks at The Wee Boont Foundation, many of these non-profits in the valley simply just couldn’t survive.  We come together, year after year, to provide one of the greatest beer festival experiences out there, and it shows—not only in the number of craft beer fans in attendance, but in the sheer number of new breweries that want to participate each year.”

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 22nd Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Festival will be held on Saturday April 28th, 2018 so mark your calendars!