Sweet Home Brews 2018 raises $18K to help keep families together

Supporters in the courtyard at Tin Roof for Sweet Home Brews 2018

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama would like to thank our Junior Board, sponsors, breweries and attendees for making Sweet Home Brews 2018 a huge success! The event raised $18,054 for RMHCA’s mission. Most of the families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham an average of two weeks so the money raised from this event will help us provide comfort and care for 14 families!

The Junior Board’s months of hard work really paid off with a fun-filled event at Tin Roof on August 24.

“Sweet Home Brews is a fun way the Junior Board was able to raise money and awareness to RMHCA,” Junior Board member and event chairperson Catharine Chow-Wah said. “It not only was a fun event bringing friends together, but also gave guests a chance to try beers from breweries all over. We wanted Sweet Home Brews to be a fun outdoors event bringing people together for a common cause. Who doesn’t love supporting the families at RMHCA while drinking beer and eating food with live music?”

This year’s Sweet Home Brews found a new home at Tin Roof, who also supplied delicious food for the 200 attendees.

“We were thankful so many breweries not only in Birmingham or the state of Alabama were eager to be involved,” Chow-Wah said. “And the back patio featuring King Corduroy was perfect for guests to enjoy live music and still be in the excitement of all the breweries. It was the perfect layout!

The breweries who showed off their best drafts were Catawba, Fairhope, Yellowhammer, Back Forty, Palmetto, Band of Brothers, Good People, Cahaba, Avondale, Monday Night, Chandleur and Grayton, who took home the prize for crowd favorite!

Chow-Wah says she and the Junior Board are feeling great after the event.

Supporters enjoy brews, live music and food at Sweet Home Brews 2018.

It is always so amazing to see everyone come together for a common cause, whether it’s in the planning stages of an event brainstorming different ideas or cooking dinner for families at the House. I love being able to use my abilities to make a difference in the lives of children and their families who are in crisis and this is most rewarding for me.”

Riding on the high of this year’s success, Chow-Wah says the Junior Board is already thinking of ways to make 2019 even more fun.

“We are looking forward to bringing in more guests next year and hopefully more participating breweries,” she said.

RMHCA and the Junior Board would like to thank our sponsors for this year’s event: Thomas Jernigan Foundation, Barbara Lummis with ARC Realty, Amwins, Kassouf and Company, Bradley, Palomar Insurance, BKS Partners, Medical Properties Trust, Technique Auto Sales, Luckie and CRC Insurance.

If you’re inspired to be a part of the RMHCA Junior Board, you can fill out an application here. If you’re interested in being a part of the 2019 Sweet Home Brews as a sponsor or brewery, please contact Kathy Robson at 205-638-7258 or Kathy.Robson@rmhca.org.

View more photos from the event on our Flickr!

Sweet Home Brews 2018