The increasing popularity of craft beer is giving a DeSoto County service club the opportunity to tap into the growing trend and aid two projects that promote their credo, “Service above self.”
The Hernando Rotary Club is hosting its first October Brewfest Friday evening, Oct. 13 from 6-9 p.m. Jim Seay’s courtyard at 315 Losher Street is where folks can come and taste different craft beers, most of them native to Mississippi, where the search for brews beyond the typical store-bought brand has gained an increasing demand.
“We were looking at different fundraisers and seeing what other Rotary Clubs were doing,” said club president Derick Biglane. “The reason this is called a Brewfest is because there are other Rotary clubs that do this type of beer tasting. The word brew, in regards to this Rotary event, is for, ‘Beer Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide.’”
Biglane added nine local craft beers are being highlighted Friday night.
“We’re going to look at Yazoo, we’re going to look at a couple from Wiseacre out of Memphis,” Biglane said. “We’ve got a couple out of the Natchez Brewing Company and Lazy Magnolia. So it will be mainly Mississippi or West Tennessee craft beers.”
Biglane said those who come will be able to taste a wide variety of brews, from light to dark, each providing a distinctive taste for people to savor.
But, while craft beer is the attraction to Friday’s October Brewfest, clean water in Honduras is the mission the Hernando Rotary seeks to support.
“About $1,250 is the price of a well,” according to Biglane. “What that does is that it allows us to fund and use the proceeds to purchase a well and put it in a community in Central America. We specifically go to Honduras to provide fresh water for a village.”
Rotary clubs in DeSoto County have embraced the mission of Living Water which the late Rick Free, a Southaven Rotary member, was actively involved in and promoted.
“It’s something that has been very successful in DeSoto County,” Biglane said. “We’ve been very impressed with the mission to provide clean water to a village. This is a way for us to give back.”
The other beneficiary of Friday’s Brewfest will be the Hernando Rotary’s Vaiden Scholarship of least $1,000 a year, which Biglane said goes to a deserving Hernando High School senior who displays skill in the classroom and service in the community.
“You don’t necessarily have to have the highest GPA or the highest ACT score,” said Biglane. “We look more for service. You have to have good grades, but along with it, well-rounded community service.”
Admission is $25 a person or $40 a couple for the October Brewfest for as many samples as you like. Tickets will be available at the door. In addition to the craft beers, provided by Esh at the Craft Beer Store in Hernando, food is being made available by Windy City, Scotty's BBQ, and Lenny's.
Martin Carver will be providing music for the evening.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.