Celebrating craft beer and feeding hungry Vermonters
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. —From one end of the Green Mountain State to the other, local breweries are taking the stage for Vermont Beer Week.
“It is a week-long celebration of Vermont craft beer we are encouraging people to drink local and support local for an industry that does such great things in Vermont,” organizer Bethany Baker said.
Baker said it's a first of its kind event in the state.

“There are beer festivals in almost every other state in the United States but Vermont didn't have one yet and considering we are such a beer mecca we thought it was time to bring that together,” Baker said.

“Vermont is a great state of makers whether its beer cheese wine liquor anything, and it's so exciting to be promoting Vermont beers and the makers behind these breweries,” said local craft beer enthusiast, Jason Dennis.

While this week is celebrating what we do have in Vermont, organizers say it's also a chance to shed light on Vermont’s neediest.

“What we've been doing is we're donating fifty percent of all proceeds to Vermont Food Bank to help bring awareness to the fact that it is hunger awareness month here in Vermont,” Baker said.

In fact, the Food Bank will serve more than a 150,000 Vermonters this year. That's about one in four people.

Vermont's Food Bank is just one of more than 200 food banks around the country spreading the word this September.

“We're trying to raise awareness about this issue that's pervasive in our communities but we're also trying to give people fun and interesting ways to get involved and Beer Week is just one of the ways in which people can get involved,” said Judy Stermer.

Those attending the Beer Week Tap Takeover at Tilt in South Burlington said helping the community and supporting local businesses is something to celebrate.

“I'm so happy to be here tonight supporting the Vermont local Food Bank, supporting the charities and contributing to our communities and drinking great Vermont beer,” Dennis said.

The Vermont Food Bank will be ending Hunger Action Month on the state house lawn. They plan to “spoon” the lawn with a 150,000 orange spoons to represent the hungry Vermonters served each year.

That event is next Wednesday starting at 7 a.m.

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