SOUTHINGTON - The Reach Foundationâ€™s Crazy Brew Bash is back at Mount Southington Ski Area for the fifth year Oct. 12.
It will be offering visitors a chance to try a variety of beers, wines and mixed drinks, all while supporting a good cause: Shop With a Cop, which provides holiday gifts for needy families in December.
The event, held in conjunction with Crazy Bruceâ€™s Liquors in Bristol, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ski area at 395 Mount Vernon Road. VIP ticketholders will get in at 11 a.m., an hour before general admission.
The Brew Bash features more than 100 vendors, live music, food trucks, local restaurants, and hundreds of samples of beverages, some from local breweries. In addition, Mount Southington will offer discounted lift tickets and ski merchandise.
â€śIt is unbelievable how much this event has grown over the years,â€ť said Matt Mazzochi, a volunteer with the Reach Foundation who has helped to organize the Crazy Brew Bash since its inception. â€śWeâ€™ll probably see 2,500 to 3,000 people come out. This year, weâ€™re adding 25 to 30 vendors and we had 75 to 85 last year. We encourage people to plan ahead and schedule what they will be trying. A lot of these vendors will be bringing out special recipes and brews. Weâ€™ve seen people come out to this for birthday parties and celebrations. Itâ€™s not just about drinking; itâ€™s about community. If it werenâ€™t for all the support weâ€™ve received, this wouldnâ€™t be possible.â€ť
Thanks to that support, the Reach Foundation is able to hold its â€śShop With a Copâ€ť event every December. This year, it will be held in Southington, Manchester and possibly a third location. Last year, Mazzochi said that police officers helped 600 children from needy families, identified by social services, schools and police departments, to get gifts they couldnâ€™t otherwise afford from Target locations in Southington and Manchester.
Area breweries participating in the Crazy Brew Bash include Kinsmen, Witch Doctor and Skygazer from Southington, Firefly Hollow from Bristol and Relic from Plainville.
Food trucks will include New Haven Pizza Truck, Big Bad Wolf, The Big Cheese, Holy Smokes Barbecue, and Angry Skillet. Local restaurants participating include 75 Center, Ideal Tavern and Hop Haus.
The Bloody Mary-making contest will also return.
People can also vote on their favorite creations from local restaurants. Defending champion 75 Center will be bringing out a new recipe.
Live music will include a mix of rock and country bands, including Chaser Eight, Wheelhouse and Double Down.
The main sponsors of The Crazy Brew Bash are Crazy Bruceâ€™s, Crystal Bees and Wilson Development.
Tickets in advance are $36 for general admission and $46 for VIP. Prices will be higher at the gate.
For more information and updates, visit facebook.com/crazybrewbash.
To buy tickets, visit crazybashes.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.