Southern Brewers Festival

Chattanooga's Kids on the Block Receives $150K Donation from 17th Annual Southern Brewers Festival

Chattanooga, Tenn. (January 31, 2011) - Kelly Wilson, Director of Marketing for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., presented a $150,000 check of proceeds from the 17th Annual Southern Brewers Festival hosted by Big River Grille & Brewing Works to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block.

The one-day event held last August at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga featured over 75 craft-brewed premium ales and lagers and a variety of food vendors including Big River’s signature festival-fare along with everything from Tex-Mex dishes and lemonade to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to Philly-style cheese steaks and fries.  The festival’s featured entertainers included the Grammy Award Winning band Los Lobos headlining the event, along with The New Familiars, Anders Osborne and Railroad Earth. 

“This past year’s event was the largest ever with over 32 regional brewers and over 12,000 people in attendance,” said Ms. Wilson. “We are thrilled to present this check to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block as this will help them continue their mission of educating children and giving them skills to stay safe and healthy. Big River Grille takes pride in philanthropic efforts within our communities and is privileged to give back by helping provide unique educational opportunities for children and adults within our region. We sincerely believe in the work that Chattanooga's Kids on the Block does in our region and we are proud to be able to help make a difference in the lives of others.”
For the past six consecutive years, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has been the recipient of the proceeds from the Southern Brewers Festival. During the span of this partnership, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has presented over $700,000 from to the organization.

“It continues to be a pleasure to work with the team from Big River Grille & Brewing Works on the Southern Brewers Festival,” said Kelly Williams, Executive Director of Chattanooga's Kids on the Block. “The annual proceeds from each festival mark the largest single donation Chattanooga's Kids on the Block receives each year. The positive impact this donation has on our area is priceless.”

According to Ms. Williams, the contributions from the Southern Brewers Festivals have allowed Chattanooga's Kids on the Block to make tremendous accomplishments including:

  • Increase educational programming from 27 licensed programs to 42 of the 44 national programs.
  • Purchase new puppets and props at a cost of over $8,000.
  • Increase the number of programs performed to over 400 yearly free of charge to schools in our region.
  • Increase number of children and adults served from 35,000 children and adults served yearly to 54,000 served last year alone.
  • Provide additional resource materials for educators and parents focused on healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Host six free community events, Pinwheels for Prevention, which focuses on child abuse awareness. The event is held annually at the Creative Discovery Museum.
  • Hold five Regional Puppet Conferences, providing hands on training for Kids on the Block troupes around the country. All Chattanooga's Kids on the Block puppeteer/educators are nationally certified puppeteers in the art of Bunraku puppetry.

 

For the past 32 years, Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block has featured life size puppets designed to teach children and adults about social concerns and differences in a non-threatening manner, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy.  The programs are free of charge to schools in 14 counties in Tennessee and North Georgia thanks to funding from United Way, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Lyndhurst Foundation Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, Tennessee Donor Services, BASF, Sertoma Club of Chattanooga, Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Civitan Club, Ronald McDonald House Charities, individual donors and fundraising events such as Southern Brewers Festival. 
For more information, visit www.southernbrewersfestival.com, www.kidsontheblock.net or call the Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block office at 423-757-5259 or CraftWorks Restaurant & Breweries, Inc. at 423-424-2000.

Since 1993, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has delighted guests with fresh, handcrafted beer and premium, made-from-scratch regional cuisine. Committed to using only the freshest and finest ingredients, Big River showcases a passion for food with seasonal menus, daily specials and frequent changes to the regular menu.  Handcrafted and brewed to perfection, Big River goes to great lengths in serving each guest the freshest beer possible. This promise to serving nothing but the finest and freshest beer possible has led to numerous awards.




17th Annual Southern Brewers Festival to be Held on the Downtown Chattanooga Riverfront, with All Proceeds Benefitting Chattanooga's Kids on the Block

Los Lobos, Railroad Earth & Others to Play LIVE at Big River Grille Hosted Festival

Chattanooga, TN (06/24/11)- This year marks the 17th Annual Southern Brewers Festival, presented by Big River Grille & Brewing Works, to be held in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday, August 27, from 2pm to 12am. For the sixth consecutive year, all festival proceeds will benefit Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block (CKOB).

This year the festival will feature over 30 of the Southeast’s most notable microbreweries and will showcase over 75 premium, handcrafted ales and lagers on Riverfront Parkway. In addition to the vast selection of beer, musical entertainment will include Los Lobos, Railroad Earth, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Anders Osborne and New Familiars, all taking the stage in front of the Tennessee River.

Advance general admission tickets can be purchased for $20 each online at www.southernbrewersfestival.com and through the Southern Brewers Festival Facebook. General admission tickets include a commemorative mug and one token towards the purchase of a beer. 2011’s festival will feature the popular “Party on the Pier.” A limited number of “Party on the Pier” tickets will be available in advance for $75 per individual and $125 per couple. These special tickets include private party on the Chattanooga Pier, a commemorative mug, one token towards the purchase of a microbrewery beer, complimentary beer and food provided by Big Rive Grille & Brewing Works and preferred seating for the evening’s live entertainment. Ticket sales events will also be held at both Chattanooga Big River locations. Please contact Big River Downtown Chattanooga and Big River Hamilton Place for details.

CKOB will receive the net profit from this one-day event to assist in its operating budget. Over the past five years, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has presented donations to CKOB from the festival totaling over $500,000 to assist in their efforts in educating children in our region.

For the past 31 years, CKOB features life-size puppets designed to teach children and adults about social concerns and differences in a non-threatening manner, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy. The programs are free of charge to schools in 14 counties in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia through funding from United Way, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Tennessee Donor Services, CVS Caremark, BASF, Civitan Club, and Kiwanis Club among others, as well as individual donors and fundraising events such as the Southern Brewers Festival.

Since 1993, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has delighted the Chattanooga area with fresh, handcrafted beer and premium, made-from-scratch regional cuisine. Committed to using only the freshest and finest ingredients, Big River showcases a passion for food with seasonal menus, daily specials and frequent changes to the regular menu. Handcrafted and brewed to perfection, Big River goes to great lengths in serving each guest the freshest beer possible. This promise to serving nothing but the finest and freshest beer possible has led to numerous awards.

For more information on the 17th Annual Southern Brewers Festival, visit www.southernbrewersfestival.com, www.kidsontheblock.net or call the CKOB office at 423-757-5259.

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., through its three principal operating units, Old Chicago, Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom, is the nation’s leading operator and franchisor of craft beer-focused casual dining and brewery restaurants with nearly 200 owned and franchised locations across the United States. CraftWorks also operates strong regional brands, including ChopHouse and Big River, and maintains intellectual property rights to the Boulder Beer, Inc. microbrewery. The company maintains dual headquarters in Chattanooga, TN and Louisville, CO. For additional information, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.











Chattanooga's Kids on the Block Receives $150K Donation from 16th Annual Southern Brewers Festival

Chattanooga, Tenn. (January 31, 2011) - Chattanooga's Kids on the Block received the largest check to date from its annual partnership with the Southern Brewer’s Festival.  Kelly Wilson, Director of Marketing for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., presented a $150,000 check of proceeds raised through the festival hosted by Big River Grille & Brewing Works.

The one-day event held last August at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga featured over 75 premium ales and lagers and a variety of food vendors including Big River Grille & Brewing Works’ signature festival-fare along with everything from Cajun dishes and lemonade to Philly-style cheese steaks and fries.  The festival’s featured entertainers included Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe among other well known artists. 

“This past year’s event was the largest ever with over 30 regional brewers and over 10,000 people in attendance,” said Ms. Wilson. “We are thrilled to present this check to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block as this will help them continue their mission of educating children, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy. Big River Grille & Brewing Works takes pride in philanthropic efforts within our communities and is privilege to give back by helping provide unique educational opportunities for children and adults within our region. We sincerely believe in the work that Chattanooga's Kids on the Block does in our community and we are proud to be able to help make a difference in the lives of others. ”

For the past five consecutive years, Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has been the recipient of the proceeds from the Southern Brewers Festival. During the span of this partnership, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has presented over $550,000 from the Southern Brewers Festival proceeds to the organization.

 “It has been and continues to be a pleasure to work with the team from Big River Grille & Brewing Works on the Southern Brewers Festival,” said Kelly Williams, Executive Director of Chattanooga's Kids on the Block. “The proceeds from each of the past five festivals yearly mark the largest single donation Chattanooga's Kids on the Block has received and it continues to have a positive impact in our area.”

 According to Ms. Williams, the contributions from the Southern Brewers Festivals have allowed Chattanooga's Kids on the Block to make tremendous accomplishments including:

  • Increase educational programming from 17 licensed programs to 27 of the 42 national programs
  • Purchase new puppets and props at a cost of over $10,000
  • Increased the number of programs performed to over 400 yearly free of charge to schools in our region
  • Increase number of children and adults served from 35,000 children and adults served yearly to 56,000 served last year alone
  • Provide additional resource materials for educators and parents focused on healthy lifestyle choices
  • Provide educational programming services in two additional counties in Tennessee, making Chattanooga's Kids on the Block one of the largest Kids on the Block troupes in the region, now serving 14 counties in Tennessee and Georgia
  • Host four free community events, Pinwheels for Prevention, which focuses on child abuse awareness. The free event is held annually at the Creative Discovery Museum.
  • Hold three Regional Puppet Conferences, providing hands on training for Kids on the Block troupes around the country. All Chattanooga's Kids on the Block puppeteer/educators are nationally certified puppeteers in the art bunraku puppetry.

“These are just a few of the accomplishments the proceeds from the Southern Brewers Festival have helped to provide for our community,” said Ms. Williams.

For the past 31 years, CKOB has featured life size puppets designed to teach children and adults about social concerns and differences in a non-threatening manner, giving them skills to stay safe and healthy.  The programs are free of charge to schools in fourteen counties in Tennessee and North Georgia thanks to funding from United Way, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Lyndhurst Foundation Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, Tennessee Donor Services, BASF, Sertoma Club of Chattanooga, Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Civitan Club, Ronald McDonald House Charities, individual donors and fundraising events such as Southern Brewers Festival

For more information, visit www.southernbrewersfestival.com, www.kidsontheblock.net or call the CKOB office at 423- 757-5259 or CraftWorks Restaurant & Breweries, Inc. at 423-424-2000.

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., through its three principal operating units, Old Chicago, Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom, is the nation’s leading operator and franchisor of craft beer-focused casual dining and brewery restaurants with nearly 200 owned and franchised locations across the United States. CraftWorks also operates strong regional brands, including ChopHouse and Big River and maintains intellectual property rights to the Boulder Beer, Inc. microbrewery. The company maintains dual headquarters in Chattanooga, TN and Louisville, CO. For additional information, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.





16th Annual Southern Brewers Festival to be held on the Riverfront
All proceeds to benefit Chattanooga's Kids on the Block

Big Head Todd & the Monsters LIVE at the Festival
Tickets Now on Sale on-line

Chattanooga, TN (05/14/10)-   This year marks the 16th Annual Southern Brewers Festival, presented by Big River Grille & Brewing Works, to be held in downtown Chattanooga on Saturday, August 28, 2pm-12am. Again for the fifth consecutive year the sole beneficiary of the festival proceeds will benefit Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block.

This year the festival will feature over 30 of the Southeast’s most notable microbreweries and will showcase over 75 premium handcrafted ales and lagers on Riverfront Parkway. In addition to the vast selection of beer, musical entertainment including Big Head Todd & The Monsters will take the stage during the festival.

Advance general admission tickets can be purchased for $15 per person online at www.southernbrewersfestival.com.  General admission tickets include a commemorative mug and one token towards the purchase of the first beer. Again this year the festival will host the very popular “Party on the Pier.”  A limited number of “Party on the Pier” tickets will be available in advance online for $75/individual and $125/couple. These special “Party on the Pier” tickets include private party on the Pier, a commemorative mug and one token towards the purchase of the first beer, complimentary beer and food provided by Big Rive Grille & Brewing works and preferred seating for the evenings live entertainment.

Chattanooga's Kids on the Block will receive the net profit from this one-day event to assist in its operating budget.  Over the past four years, Big River Grille & Brewing Works has presented donations from the festival totaling over $350,000 to Chattanooga's Kids on the Block to assist in their efforts to educate children in our region.

For the past 30 years, CKOB features life size puppets designed to teach children and adults about social concerns and differences in a non-threatening manner giving them skills to stay safe and healthy.  The programs are free of charge to schools in twelve different counties thanks to our funding from United Way, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Tennessee Donor Services, Sertoma Club of Chattanooga, Civitan Club, and Kiwanis Club among others, individual donors and fundraisers such as Southern Brewers Festival.

For more information, visit www.southernbrewersfestival.com, www.kidsontheblock.net or call the Chattanooga's Kids on the
Block office at (423) 757-5259.