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From Hops to Hope charity event will have a strong Conn. beer presence

7/22/2011 – Madison, Conn.  – Local beer enthusiast will be thrilled by a selection of more than 100 craft beers and local food while attending the Madison Wine Exchange’s first annual From Hops to Hope charity beer festival on this Sunday.


The local beer community will be represented at this event by both representatives from the CT Beer Trail, and some of the artisans that hand craft the state’s own beer.  Local favorites including New England Brewing, Olde Burnside Brewing, Thomas Hooker Brewing, City Steam Brewery and Café, Southport Brewing Company, Cavalry Brewing, Farmington River Brewing, and the Bru Room will be on hand to offer samples of some of the state’s finest beer.


Area beer lovers were clamoring for a chance to win free tickets to this event through the state’s growing online local beer community at www.CTBeerTrail.net.  Two of the site’s regular users, Bill Sutay and Jim McKenna, were randomly selected to win one pair of tickets each.


"...thanks for the (tickets).  I'm really looking forward to this event on Sunday," said Sutay.  "Happy to be a part of the CT Beer Trail.  And as always, enjoy supporting our local breweries."


The event will benefit the Sarah Foundation of Guilford, a charity organization that directly affects hundreds of Conn. families through a variety of efforts.  Details on the foundation and their agencies can be found at their website, www.sarahfoundation.org.


"I was excited to hear about winning the tickets to the Hops to Hope festival," said McKenna.  "I'm looking forward to being a part of this inaugural charity event, and hopefully checking out some great beers as well!"


The Hops to Hope ticket give away is only one of a long list of charity events the CT Beer Trail has established a relationship with.  A full list of current events and related ticket contests is available on the website, www.CTBeerTrail.net.


Grass root efforts to promote local beer while working hand-in-hand with area festival planners to support charities is one of main areas of focus at the CT Beer Trail, and those efforts have not gone unnoticed by the public.


"In its early stages, I think that CT Beer Trail is doing a great job of promoting the fantastic local beers produced right here in Connecticut," said McKenna. "It's all about spreading the word and getting more recognition for these locally-made products!"


The festival will be held at the historic Deacon John Graves House in Madison, once a regular residence, now a museum that tells the story of the Madison family that lived there for seven generations dating back to 1636.  This unique venue will provide a special atmosphere for this event.  Three bands will be on hand to offer live music throughout the afternoon as beer fans and philanthropists come together to celebrate craft beer while supporting a worthy cause in this special setting.


Tickets are $30 which includes admission, 5 drink tickets and 1 food ticket.  Additional beer tickets will be sold for $1 and additional food tickets will be sold for $2.  ALL PROCEEDS going to help those in need!  Make sure to purchase your tickets no later than Saturday as NO TICKETS will be sold at the door!

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