Kegs for Kids

October 7, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Mike Roper with The Hopleaf Bar visited the ABC7 studio to talk about this year's "Kegs for Kids" Craft Beer Tasting Party to benefit the students at Peirce School in the Andersonville neighborhood.


LOWER THIRD: Goose Island Mattilda Chicago:
Brewmaster Greg Hall's homage to Trappist Orval. Golden hoppy Belgian strong ale with Pilsner, Munich and (a touch of) Crystal malts; Saaz and Styrian hops. 7 percent

LOWER THIRD: Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet:
Belgium Blond, robust, smooth, and fruity three grain top fermented beer, refermented in the bottle. Brewed with pride and patience after Karmeliet tradition with wheat, oat and barley. 8 percent

LOWER THIRD: North Coast Brother Thelonious Ft Bragg ,California:
Dark brown Belgian Strong Ale. Dark fruits, spices, caramel/brown sugar, figure in both nose & palate. Rich & mouthfilling; yeasty sweetness & alcohol; also some hop bitterness. Inspired by Thelonious Monk & released in conjunction w/the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (brewery contributes to the Institute to support jazz education) 9 percent

LOWER THIRD: Ommegang BPA Cooperstown, New York:
This fine pale ale has citrus and tropical fruit aromatic shared with a well-balanced - yet abundant - hop character. It uses our own Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops, and plenty of patience. Finishing touches include dry-hopping with Cascade hops and warm-cellaring. 6.2 percent

LOWER THIRD: Vanberg & DeWulf Hop Ruiter Belgium:
Hop Ruiter (Hop Rider) has a full, almost rustic malt body, and pairs Belgian yeast-driven flavors with American assertive hoppiness. It is dry hopped, with two noble varieties which add complexity, delicacy and a bit of funk. 8.5 percent

Kegs for Kids to pour fun and craft beers October 8, 2011 to benefit Peirce School
(RELEASE) -- Friends of Peirce has announced Kegs for Kids, the second annual craft beer tasting party to benefit Helen C. Peirce Elementary School, will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Loyola University's Mundelein Auditorium. General tickets are $65. VIP tickets can be purchased for $100, giving participants access to the event an hour early, and includes a T-Shirt. All tickets can be purchased by going to All ticket holders must be 21 to attend.

The event features unlimited beer tasting from 50 breweries across the country, wine, food from local restaurants, a special roast from Metropolis Coffee (available only at the event), and a silent auction with items ranging from accommodations in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and a dinner with Alpana Singh of Check Please to concert tickets and gift certificates for area restaurants and boutiques. Friends of Peirce, a 501(c)(3), is made up of dedicated parents, merchants and residents who are passionate about improving the neighborhood school, Helen C. Peirce Elementary School, which educates pre-K thru 8th grade students at 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago. Peirce supporters Michael Roper and Louise Molnar of The Hopleaf Bar and Tony Dreyfuss of Metropolis Coffee are an integral part of planning and organizing the event.

Harry Osterman, 48th Ward Alderman where Peirce School is located, called the event a perfect blend of the community working together to better the neighborhood.

"Peirce School is a flagship of the neighborhood," Osterman explained. "This event brings everyone together to shine a light on the school and showcase all of the wonderful programs and learning taking place there, while raising money to make it even better."

Last year, the event raised over $30,000, which is earmarked for technology upgrades at the school.

"Peirce School students benefit from this all important fundraising event. Last year's fundraising dollars helped us improve our technological capabilities. These upgrades allow our students to become 21st century learners in a competitive global community," said Peirce Principal Nancy Mendez. "So buy a ticket, have a great time, and help us raise the funds we need to purchase much needed educational tools to enrich the educational programs and prepare our students to become college and career ready in the future."

Friends of Peirce 1423 West Bryn Mawr Chicago Illinois 60660

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