Hogtown Brewdown event raises money for NCFL Humane Society

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) -- Beer… food and animals?

Thats what the Hogtown Brewdown in Gainesville was all about as home brewers showed off their skills and helped raise money for the North Central Florida Humane Society Sunday night.

Gainesville's home brew club has roughly 250 members… and a handful of them came to the hog town brew down to showcase their styles in not only beer… but food, paired to go with.

Event organizer Ron Minkoff says "We have several stations each station has home brew that we make and home cooked entrees that pair together. Have a great time with food and beer pairings, raise a little money and we get to show off our culinary and brewing kung fu we do as the hog town brewers."

The sold out event wasn't just about good tastes… it was paired with a good cause.

Margot Deconna of the North Central Florida Humane Society says "all of the money raised today will go towards our mission to end the needless euthanasia of companion pets in our community and really in our region. So Alachua County has been no-kill for the last two years in a row and we're really looking to not only sustain that here locally but also expand to some of our less well resourced regions that surround Alachua County."

And because every beer is home brewed… every single one had a different twist you won't find anywhere else.

Minkoff says "the vast majority have probably never been tasted just for the fact they're a home brew they don't get served at breweries they only get served basically within our own circle as a home brew club so this is one of the opportunities we have to show off to the public our brewing skills."

Deconna says "beer and food you really can't get anywhere else these are home brews these are meant to be shared on back porches and around people's kitchen tables so this is really an exclusive event where you can taste and see things you've never seen before."

Last years event raised 2-thousand dollars for the Humane Society who say 2018 was one of the busiest years they've ever had.

"We also took in more animals and adopted out more animals than ever before over 2200 animals were adopted out last year 300 of which came in December," Deconna added.