Ale be seeing you next year.
In case you missed it, and there’s a good chance you did because the inaugural event sold out in early December, it was terrific.
Craft breweries from around the province, and the Yukon, were represented and patrons got to taste all kinds of wonderful beer with great, innovative names such as Lead Dog Ale from Yukon Brewing in Whitehorse and Hounds of Barkerville, from, of course, Barkerville Brewing in Quesnel (surprisingly, not Barkerville).
The best name, however, goes to the craft beer offshoot of Prince George’s own Pacific Western Brewing … Scandal Brewing. Now that’s a clever name.
The Prince George Kiwanis Club is already looking to next year.
The event was a turning point, of sorts, for the Kiwanis Club, which has been helping out in Prince George for about 60 years now.
Alefest was the first major fundraising project the club has undertaken in the past few years. Like most service clubs, the Kiwanis Club had been suffering from baby boomers going pop. The average age of club members had been steadily increasing and person-power was the biggest obstacle to undertaking major projects. I’m a prime example. This year will mark my 20th year as a Kiwanian. I find that hard to believe, but it’s true. And, when I moved to Prince George eight years ago and joined the local club, I was one of the younger members.
A few years ago, however, the Kiwanis Club started making a concerted effort to recruit new, younger members … even though pundits inside the service club world and out opined that younger people aren’t interested in joining service clubs anymore.
They were wrong. Dead wrong, and we’ll drink to that.
The Kiwanis Club was successful in attracting new members, many of whom are in their 30s and 40s. The idea for the Kiwanis Alefest came from those “younger” members and the organizing committee was comprised almost completely of those “younger” members, with the entire club pitching in on event day (except for one who refused to give up his tickets to the Superbowl in Arizona and come and help … sheesh … but he was on the organizing committee, so we’ll let him off the hook).
With service clubs everywhere facing the same problem, hopefully the Kiwanis Club can serve as an example that they can, and will, continue.
To that, raise a glass of IPA.
Can we sue Google?
Much to the chagrin of overly-worried civic bureaucrats everywhere, Google has developed The Great Canadian Tobogganing Map.
It’s an online resource where you can check out the best tobogganing spots and, if you so desire, add your own.
What were they thinking? The liability must be horrendous.