Saving of the greenMP residents enjoy annual beer walk
By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant residents and downtown businesses kick started their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations Thursday night with the Saving of the Green Beer Walk.
“I am absolutely enjoying this,” Shea Hobson said as she clutched her tiny, complementary beer mug and looked through the downtown businesses participating in the walk. “I just got started, but I’m enjoying it.”
Hobson said she’s not usually one to participate in events like this, but she thought she’d give the event a try and so far so good.
When asked what she was most looking forward to during the event, she barely let a beat go by before saying, “coming across some good beer.”
Hobson wasn’t the only one on the hunt for some good beer. Bob Wise and his wife were out to enjoy the decent weather and a good brewski or two.
“This is our third stop,” he said as he tried a Shock Top beer at The Vintage Raven. “I like the sampling and when the weather is nice, I like to go out and enjoy it and walk around.”
“Events like this are good for the whole town,” said Sam Riepe, co-owner of The Vintage Raven.
Riepe said events like the beer walk and February’s Wine About Winter are not only a fun event for residents, but they help strengthen the downtown businesses because it draws people downtown and also ties the brick and mortar stores with the community.
Brown’s Shoe Fit owner Kurt Moon agreed, saying participating in events like the beer walk were good PR for downtown businesses. “People get to see the businesses and interact and we (business owners) get to mingle with the people,” he said.
An hour into the event, which ran from 5 to 8 p.m., Moon said he was seeing “excellent” foot traffic. “It just takes a little alcohol,” he joked.
Paul Kay, owner of Parkside Brew Company out of Burlington, was a major reason for the foot traffic in Brown’s. He and his fiancé, Paulette Johnson, had two flavors on tap for visitors to try, one being the Belly Dancer Chai Stout.
“People might say they don’t like dark beer, but that doesn’t mean dark beer has to be heavy or harder,” he said of why he thought so many people were taking to the chai stout.
Kay said interest in craft beer in Iowa is definitely on the rise. “People want the best craft beer and the market is starting to change,” he said. “They are wanting more quality over quantity.”