The North End Organic Nursery was filled with families and beer drinkers yesterday, many of whom sampled local microbrews to help a worthy cause. Sustainable Futures—a local nonprofit that recycles glass wine and beer bottles by turning them into cups—collaborated with Payette Brewing and NEON to create this year's fundraiser, Harvest Pa-Brew-Za.
Jake Black, Payette Brewing sales and distribution assistant, said it was a natural collaboration.
"We're a beer company, and you drink beer out of glasses, and [Sustainable Futures] make cool glasses that help the environment," said Black. "We use a lot of glass in our industry. Cutting the top off and using it for a drinking glass is a great idea."
Portions of the proceeds from the food trucks, beer and pumpkin sales were donated to Sustainable Futures. Children enjoyed face painting and a bounce house, while adults listened to live music and perused tents with items available to purchase, food trucks and a beer garden.
Carlyn Blake, Sustainable Futures executive director, was thrilled with the turnout.
"It's perfectly crowded," Blake said.
She also noted that her nonprofit is very dependent on the people of Boise, and that's why she was so excited to see people in abundance at the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year.
"It's people in the community that help keep our doors open," Blake said.
To view photos from Harvest Pa-Brew-Za, click here.