2024 Wild West Brewfest Raises Over $135,000 for Community Causes
Photo: Heather Gooch Schuren

2024 Wild West Brewfest Raises Over $135,000 for Community Causes

April 06 2024

In a spectacular display of community engagement, the 2024 Wild West Brewfest (WWBF), hosted by the Rotary Club of Katy from March 21-23 at Typhoon Texas, proved to be another resounding success. Evolving into an internationally recognized event, WWFB is a true celebration of craft brewing, food, music but most importantly, provides an opportunity to give back to the community.

WWBF, founded by Katy Rotarians 12 years ago, has been recognized as the "#1 Beerfest in North America." Planned and run entirely by volunteers, all proceeds benefit the local community through student scholarships and charitable donations.

Breaking down the numbers, the Brewfest raised an astounding over $135,000, pushing the total raised through all WWBF events to over $1.35 million. The ambitious goal of the Rotary Club of Katy is to hit the $2 million mark by 2026, funneling every dollar back into the local community.

This year's Brewfest was not only about fundraising, but equally a fun-filled, two-day event. Friday night featured a live auction, with items like a signed guitar from Taylor Swift's Era Tour, high-end coolers, and vacation packages to Cabo San Lucas and Breckenridge, Colorado. Around 1,300 patrons participated in the auction.

Saturday's event was met with beautiful weather, attracting over 7,500 patrons. The Silent Auction alone raised over $20,000. An impressive lineup of 75 brewers served over 612 varieties of beer alongside 10 wineries. For those craving an exclusive experience, the VIP Hop House offered great food and beverages, while the Reserved Craft Room had a selection of rare beers.

Local restaurant, Federal American Grill, was crowned this year's top restaurant winner, and Vallensons' Brewing Company took home the big trophy for the best beer. Live music performances from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Brodie Lane, and Payton Howie energized the crowd and elevated the festival ambiance.

The Wild West Brewfest's success was made possible with its 371 volunteers, sponsors, and the unwavering support of the Rotary Club of Katy. The Club's dedication to the community and the craft beer scene has taken WWBF to unprecedented heights, setting a high bar for the upcoming 2025 edition which will take place on March 20-22.

"We also extend our gratitude to the City of Katy and all the patrons, brewers, food trucks, and restaurants that contributed to the success of this event. Your support is invaluable, and we look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence," said David Loesch, Chair for Wild West Brew Fest.

The Club is currently making plans for the deployment of raised funds, fulfilling its commitment to create a positive impact for those in need across the Katy area. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Katy, including ways you can get involved in WWBF 2025, visit katyrotary.com

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 

Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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