People say it takes a village and the businesses of Andersonville understand that all too well. For the second year, Hopleaf owner Michael Roper and Metropolis Coffee honcho Tony Dreyfuss are holding Kegs for Kids, a fundraiser to benefit the local Helen C. Peirce Elementary School, on Oct. 8 between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Last year's event, held at Metropolis' Andersonville roasting facility, raised nearly $30,000 and sold 350 tickets in a week. This year, Kegs for Kids, a craft beer tasting event, will move to Loyola University's Mundelein Auditorium, which has a capacity of 500 people. The group hopes to raise significantly more this year to help make a dent in the $150,000 needed for a science lab, according to Dreyfuss.
Tickets for the event cost $65 ($100 for VIP, which gains you early entry and a T-shirt) and the event will feature unlimited access to tastes from more than 50 breweries from around the country, including Three Floyds, Allegash, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn Brewing, Two Brothers, Founders, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Metropolitan and more. Guests can also sample food from a number of local restaurants like m. henry, Calo, Apart Pizza, Noodle Zone, Middle Eastern Bakery and Huey's Hot Dogs.
Some of the auction items include a dinner for 12 with sommelier Alpana Singh and chef Hugh Amano; dinner for 6 at Ceres' Table; a week at the Steamboat Grand Hotel in Colorado; and a five-year set of Three Floyds' Dark Lord beer; tickets for the Dark Lord set can also be purchased at the Hopleaf (winner announced at Kegs for Kids).
Kegs for Kids tickets can be purchased online now. Don't wait because this one will sell out.
· Kegs for Kids [website]