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Craft beer, music flowed at Blues, Brews & Booze fundraiser

RONAN – Blues, Brews & Booze sounds more like a title to a George Thorogood song than a signature event that brought the community together on Saturday at the Ronan Fairgrounds for food, music and fun while raising money for a local charity.

Now in its second year, Blues, Brews & Booze enjoyed a record turnout in both participants and vendors according to event volunteer Robin Ferdinand. 

Hosted by the Valley Club and the Sisterhood of the Phoenix, proceeds raised from the Blues, Brews & Booze festival go to help fund the Kathy Coffman Memorial Ranch.

The Kathy Coffman Memorial Ranch is a nonprofit project designed to help young people participate in 4H who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so. 

Ferdinand noted there are quite a few local young people who would like to participate in the 4H program but cannot because of an unaccommodating home life, lack of economic means or inadequate space for an animal. The ranch project is there to fill that void.

This year, more than a dozen Montana crafted beers were on tap for festival goers to try. The festival featured a number of local breweries and distilleries, including Madison River Brewing Company of Belgrade, Bayern Brewing of Missoula, Kettlehouse Brewing Company of Missoula, Philipsburg Brewing Company of Philipsburg, Spotted Bear Spirits of Whitefish and Willie’s Distillery of Ennis.

Festival goers enjoyed live music from Shameless Society, Hambone and the Head Liners and the Kenney James Miller band as they sat in their lawn chairs or danced to the tunes.


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