Kosciusko Kettleheads Homebrew Club gears up for 2015 Homebrew Fest in Winona Lake

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By: Tom Westerhof

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This year marks the fifth annual Homebrew Fest hosted by the Kosciusko Kettleheads Homebrew Club, an open membership (no membership dues) club of about 40 people.

The idea for the Homebrew Fest originated in 2011 with Jason Rich and Caleb France as a way to promote homebrewing while also raising money for charity. The Homebrew Fest is the club’s biggest event of the year and this year should be no exception. 

There is currently a roster of 59 offerings (combined VIP and general admission offerings covering beers, ciders, mead, dandelion wine and a non-alcoholic root beer) scheduled for this year’s festival, with all event proceeds going to Combined Community Services (CCS).

Since its inception, the Kosciusko Kettleheads have raised more than $14,000 for charity, with last year’s festival raising $5,000 for CCS. While the primary goal is to raise as much money as possible, the Kettleheads see the festival as a continued opportunity to introduce the community to the joy and rewards of homebrewing, while strengthening the community spirit and connections.

This year’s Homebrew Fest is Saturday, June 27 at The Garden, next to Cerulean Restaurant, 1101 E. Canal St., Winona Lake, according to the Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website. VIP entrance begins at 5 p.m. and general admission is from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The Garden will provide a food buffet for additional cost. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online or at the door. Tasting glasses are included. 

Activities to benefit CCS will include a raffle and a silent auction, where bidders will have the chance to win a “Brew with a Kettlehead” brewing session. The winning bidder will get to brew a batch of beer with the brewer of their choice and take the batch home. 

The Kosciusko Kettleheads Homebrew Club meets once a month at 3 p.m. every second Sunday at Mad Anthony’s Lake City Tap House, 113 E. Center St., in Warsaw. The meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in homebrewing is welcome to stop by; no formal invitation is required.

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