Craft Beer Festival Also Raises Money For Charity

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 4/22/2013 2:07 pm
       A community of nearly 1500 brew lovers packed the pavilion, to sample some of the best craft beers in the country.
       "Craft beer is much smaller scale production. The benefits and differences of craft beer that the beers are much fuller flavored there's a lot more variety and different options and they source the highest quality ingredients possible to make these beers," said Matt Leff, co-founder of the Chattanooga Craft Beer Festival.
       "Over one hundred different beverages were on tap, as these small business breweries looked to find their niche in a big market. Even the process lends itself to a true community experience.
      "Craft breweries are small, your next door neighbor could be making the beer that you are drinking at the bar down the street, and it is really an exciting way to connect with the people who are making what you are drinking," added Leff.
      Part of the proceeds help the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition....
      "We are a really small, grass roots non-profit. We help women throughout the state especially here in the Chattanooga area. Pay their mortgage, their rent, their bills or health insurance while they are going through their breast cancer treatments," said Megan Wingo with the coalition.
     And while helping a good cause, they also get the word out about another growing scenic city trend.
     "Chattanooga specifically has a great growing craft beer market right now. The whole state of Tennessee even is just going through a very exciting time around craft beer. Some of the tax laws recently were changed which will really help breweries succeed, higher new people, buy more equipment, and make more beer to really get a stronger presence out in the market place so its just overall craft beer is going through an exciting time of growth," adds Leff.

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