On Saturday, March 29 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Straight to Ale (3200 Leeman Ferry Road, Huntsville) and Jeff Sanders will host a Bacon and Beer Bash at the brewery to raise funds and awareness for Still Serving Veterans.
The Bacon and Beer Bash was an idea that evolved out of the bacon and beer happy hour parties that Jeff Sanders has thrown for hundreds of attendees over the past two years or so. Now that these get-togethers have grown in popularity, Sanders has decided to use his bacon powers for good by raising funds for charity. This year's event will support Still Serving Veterans, a Huntsville non-profit that exists solely to help veterans and their families. For more information on this organization, their mission statement reads as follows:
Our mission is to empower Veterans and their families to optimally transition into post-military lives through assistance obtaining all the benefits they have earned and deserve, through job readiness training and connections to Veteran-friendly businesses that are ready to hire, and through quality referrals to existing local, state, and national service organizations to ensure that all available Veteran assistance is received.
Beyond the charity aspect, the Bacon and Beer Bash is a pretty cool event when you consider the fact that it is completely community funded. With the use of an online campaign, Sanders has raised over his $8,000 target to make this event a reality thanks to the donations of attendees and community members that support the wonderful cause of Still Serving Veterans.
Did I mention there will be bacon? Actually, we are talking well over 160 pounds of bacon to give you an idea. To tackle the preparation of all of this porcine deliciousness, Sanders has teamed up with barbecue competitor Scott Copeland and Chef Dave Stanley. The extensive menu is still being created, but here are a few confirmed dishes to whet your appetite a bit:
- Bacon wrapped steak with blue cheese
- Bacon wrapped Cajun sausage
- Bacon bowls filled with BBQ and mac & cheese
- Bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts
- Atomic Buffalo Turds (trust me, they are delicious)
- "Dyer's style" bacon plank cheeseburgers
- Sonoran Dogs
- a dessert known simply as Bacon Crack
To pair with all of this bacon, Straight to Ale will have their beers available for purchase in their taproom and in their new biergarten. Attendees will also enjoy live entertainment provided by the band 45 Surprise.
Tickets are available for purchase in advance online at the campaign website (click here) until Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 each for admission or $25 each for admission and a souvenir t-shirt. If you happen to miss the deadline, worry not because tickets will be available at the door for $15 each on the day of the event. Cost of admission gets you entrance into the event, samples of all of the bacon goodness, and access to the live entertainment. Straight to Ale beers are not included in the admission price, but they can be purchased by the glass throughout the event. All proceeds raised after expenses will go to benefit Still Serving Veterans.
In all honesty, this event really sells itself. We are talking about enjoying bacon and beer to raise funds for an incredibly worthy cause. If you are free on March 29, just do yourself a favor and be at Straight to Ale for this fantastic event. Prost!