This year's two-day BrewLoops festival not only meant more fun for locals: it also meant more money going back into Kamloops organizations.
Organizers say September's North Shore event, which drew over 4,000 participants, raised a total of $44,000. All that money has been donated to charities and non-profit groups around the Tournament Capital.
"It's been a year of change and growth for the society," says Tyson Andrykew, co-chair of BrewLoops Society, in a press release. "We launched a new series-style of events that kicked off in May. That led to partnerships with the city and BCLC on Music in the Park, and the revision of BrewLoops on the Shore to a two-day festival."
11-4 all ages! $5 entry. Rides and Food trucks. And beer and cider! pic.twitter.com/5jxRf47pGc— Brewloops Beer Fest (@brewloops) September 29, 2018
In total, those series-style events raised $70,000 on the year, supporting organizations like the Kamloops Sports Council, Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops Broncos Football, Kamloops West Rotary and North Shore Business Improvement Association.
Andrykew also touted BrewLoops' impact on the local economy throughout the year.
"All in all, BrewLoops has supported B.C. craft beer, local Kamloops businesses, B.C. artists and entertainers to the tune of $290,000 in 2018."
BrewLoops is helping host one more event this year: the Downtown Winter Block Party this Saturday (Dec. 8). No word yet on what events are planned for 2019.