Press release from Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation:
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation just added a new event to its Find Your Pint series on August 29 at Sierra Nevada’s Lower Park in Mills River. Typically only open on the weekends, Sierra Nevada is generously opening the gates to Lower Park, its forested park by the river, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29 for a special Appalachian Dinner to benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Guests will enjoy Appalachian-inspired food, music from Time Sawyer and the beer release of Blue Ridge Red. Tickets are not required for the free event. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the dinner and $1 from every pint of Blue Ridge Red sold will benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway.
According to Brian Grossman, Second-Generation Brewer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., “When we chose Western North Carolina for our second home, access to outdoor enjoyment and recreation was a key factor. Now, it’s important to us to give back and preserve these important spaces that make this area special. Brewing Blue Ridge Red is our way of doing just that.”
In 2017, more than 16 million people traveled the Parkway, surpassing the visitation at Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks combined. Unlike many large parks, the Parkway does not charge an admission fee, and with stagnant government funding, the park unit requires added support to address critical needs. The Foundation’s current projects include historic water fountain reconstruction, new exhibits at Waterrock Knob Visitor Center, and force multipliers for plant and wildlife protection by law enforcement.
Find Your Pint is an annual fundraiser and friendraiser for the Blue Ridge Parkway brought to you by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in partnership with local breweries. To find the next Find Your Pint event near you, visit brpfoundation.org/events.
Beer and cider fans are encouraged to use #FindYourPint and #brpfoundation and tag the breweries in social media posts to spread the word about the beer and cider series.