Cheers to charity

Brews Fore Birdies Beer Festival rookie year

By Janell R. Ward

Photo: First Tee of Greater Miami Valley teaches life skills and development through golf. Pictured: participants in the PLAYer program at Madden Golf Course mingle with local media; photo: Amanda Zedrick

Come cool down with a beer on a hot summer’s day and make a difference in the lives of Dayton’s youth!

Save the date for Friday, July 24 and enjoy a fantastic day at Austin Landing. You are invited to Brews Fore Birdies, a beer festival put on by The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley to raise funds and awareness for their mission to help local youth.

The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley offers programs that aim to inspire young people through golf. The organization desires to teach kids how to live lives of character and excellence.

Its programs first began in Middletown in 2005, when it was serving a group of 45 youths.

Now, it serves 700 participants at 11 golf facilities and over 9,000 participants when combined with summer programs and The First Tee National School Program and Outreach programs. It has several summer programs for players of all stripes, including PLAYer, PAR, BIRDIE, EAGLE and ACE certification levels and LPGA/USGA Girls Golf.

This will be the first year of The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley Brews Fore Birdies event. The festival was first conceived as a celebration of its 10-year anniversary.

“Our chapter knew it could host different types of fundraising events this year,” says Executive Director Brian K. Parkhurst. “What a great event to ‘raise a pint glass’ in celebration. This is a perfect venue and opportunity to raise awareness about the businesses of Austin Landing, educate the general public on the craft beer industry and promote The First Tee mission.”

Parkhurt’s love for the craft beer industry inspired him to contact Jen Dean, Owner of AleFest-Dayton & AleFeast-Dayton.

“The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley is proud to partner with Austin Landing while bringing the exploding craft beer industry together to celebrate The First Tee mission,” Parkhurst says. “Austin Landing has met The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley with open arms and our chapter is looking to create a long-term community partnership through Brews Fore Birdies.”

Which type of beer fan are you? Hang onto your ticket! It will get you access to up to 18 samples of the 50 beer selections available. The event also offers a VIP tickets.

VIP ticketholders can enter one hour early to mingle with brewery representatives and industry experts. VIP tickets will include the 18 tasting tickets, a souvenir tasting glass, early admittance to the event and delicious fare from Lee Anne House, Chef at Mudlick Tap House and owner/chef of Housemade Sriracha.

Breweries from all across the nation, including right here in Dayton, will participate in the event. Some of the local breweries you may recognize include Warped Wing Brewing Company, Toxic Brew Company, Eudora Brewing Company, Star City Brewing Company and Lucky Star Brewery. Featured beers will include Madtree’s Sol Drifter and Psychopathy, Jackie O’s Mystic Mama and Chomo Lungma and Fat Heads’ Bumbleberry and Jack Straw.

Come get refreshed with these additional beers: Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Thirsty Dog Whippet Wheat, Shock Top Belgian White, Widmer Hefe Shandy, Kona Longboard Lager, Goose IPA, Abita purple haze, Ballast point grapefruit sculpin and many more!

Love music? Get ready to tap your feet to some old and new R&B and hip-hop. Funky G and The Groove Machine will perform live at the event, tackling such classics as Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” Kool & The Gang’s “Ladies Night” and The Commodores’ “Brick House.”

“I always enjoy festivals and special events,” Funky G frontman Greg Daughtry says. “We are looking forward to having a good time and making sure everyone else has a good time.”

Not only does Brews Fore Birdies bless the youth, but it also unites community for a cause: “It just goes to show you a variety of different individuals and businesses can come together to make a difference in young lives,” Parkhurst says.

“This is a very unique experience and setting for the community to impact a local charity.”

The Brews Fore Birdies event will be held from Friday, July 24 from 5-9 p.m. at Austin Landing, 10050 Innovation Way in Dayton. Tickets are $50 in advance for general admission, $60 for VIP. For more information, please visit

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