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Beer in the Bushes a nice ‘Fun’raiser for SCCF

By Staff | Apr 15, 2015

The Beer in the Bushes sponsors and host committee for the SCCF fundraising event Saturday, April 18, met at the Bailey House to taste the craft beer which will be featured. BRIAN WIERIMA

The Fourth Annual “Beer in the Bushes” fundraiser event for the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is coming back for another run, featuring some of the area’s top craft beers to go along with a fun-filled evening Saturday, April 18, from 6-10 p.m.

SCCF research assistant and event organizer Jeff Siwicke said the goal of the event is to be a little less normal than the usual events which take place on Sanibel.

“We refer it to as more of a ‘fun’-raiser and one in which it brings the community together,” Siwicke said.

Beer in the Bushes Presenting Sponsor is the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. The opening band will be the Sluetown Strutters, followed by the headliner, Scythian. Scythian presents a high-energy mashup of celtic, gypsy and bluegrass music delivered with rock star charisma; Jensen’s Marina & Cottages is the Band Sponsor.

Come and vote for your favorite as six local Craft Breweries compete for the SCCF People’s Choice Award: Point Ybel Brewing Company, Ft. Myers Brewing Company, Momentum Brewhouse, Old Soul Brewing, Naples Beach Brewery and Palm City Brewing.

Food will be provided by local food trucks, and all tickets include $5 in TruxBux. Reservations and advance payment are requested; register online by going to www.sccf.org and look for the Beer tickets link under Upcoming Events.

“Each of the local craft breweries will have two selections,” Siwicke said. “In the past, we’ve had some off-the-wall entertainment and we change it up every year, since we make a conscious effort not to be the same party year after year.”

Siwicke knows his craft beers well, after working in a craft brewery in Ithaca, N.Y., for two years before he took the job on Sanibel at the SCCF.

“Craft beer has been popular nationwide and it’s finally caught up to Florida,” Siwicke said. “Point Ybel Brewing Company, which is just off of Sanibel, has supported us the last two years and they will be represented again. Fort Myers Brewing Company and Point Ybel were the first two in the area and they both will be here.”

With the momentum of micro or nana-breweries being established in the state, it was decided to keep the beer selections local.

“With all the local craft breweries popping up, it’s good to highlight these guys,” Siwicke said.

The party will be held at the SCCF headquarters on Sanibel and its two main sponsors are The Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company and Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina, which have been supporters since day one.

“We are seeing a larger and larger local presence, it’s been kind of an end-of-season event,” Siwicke said.

Tickets are $60 the day of the event.

“With Scythian, you’ll be dancing if you like it or not,” Siwicke said of the Irish music act. “There will be unexpected surprises in store during the event, as well, just to keep you on your toes.”