Book, brew lovers get together for Mt. Lebanon fundraising bash

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Beer lovers and book lovers will come together once again for the fourth annual Beer Garden Bash at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

"It is such a great group because we get beer lovers and we get book lovers. When the two groups intersect, there are the best conversations," said Mimi Ingalls, senior library assistant.

Ms. Ingalls, who helped organize the first beer bash, said the idea originated when library officials were looking for a new way to raise money and to bring more people into the library.

"We had thought of wine tastings, but then thought beer is so much fun. Why not a beer tasting?" she said.

The event has been very successful, usually selling out and raising $4,000 to $6,000 for the library. Ms. Ingalls said approximately 220 tickets will be sold for the bash, and if past sales are any indication, they will sell quickly.

Bob Haggerty, a member of the Friends of the Library, helps to organize the craft beer distributors who will be featured.

"We try to get as many local beers as we can and have great support from the local beer community," he said.

Local breweries that will be represented include East End and Penn breweries and Church Brew Works. Mr. Haggerty said more than 20 beers will be offered.

"People aren't shy about trying new beers at the bash," Mr. Haggerty said. "This is one event that brings a nice cross-representation of our community into the library. We have young people in their 20s and others in their 60s."

This year, gourmet sandwiches will be part of the menu, along with a summer salad and brownies. Ms. Ingalls said the event is staged in the courtyard of the library, and his held rain or shine.

"We used to just have snacks, but then we would hear people making dinner plans and we thought we may as well offer dinner," she said.

The event not only serves as a fundraiser, but brings folks to the library who may never have been there before, said Ms. Ingalls.

"They come for the beer, but then they see what all we have to offer and, hopefully, they will come back," she said.

Entertainment will be provided by steel drummer Dan Meunier.

Tickets are on sale at the library and cost $30. Buyers must be 21 or older. No tickets will be sold the night of the event.


Kathleen Ganster, freelance writer:


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