Our Annual Smoke Beerfest, BBQ Competition and Food Pantry Benefit is pleased to announce that 2,114.05 pounds of food was collected during our annual event on May 19. Cash contributions collected equaled $1,000, which during the Can-Caravan doubles the amount of food raised for the Ord Food Pantry. 114.05 lbs. of food was also donated by patrons of the event.
The Smoked Beerfest, BBQ Competition and Food Pantry Benefit is made possible by several collaborative organizations to bring awareness to food insecurity in our community, along with celebrating American Craft Beer Week and May Beef Month. This event would not be possible with the generous donations from the Ord Locker, the Nebraska Cattlemen – Burwell affiliate, BBQ cook-off competitors and the customers that patronize the event.
Winners of this year’s BBQ competition included a tie for the tri-tip competition between Team Cathy and Tony Bruha, and Team Kokes, Plate and Novotny. The winner of the short-rib competition and overall winner was Team Hafer from Fairmont, Nebraska.
The families of Scratchtown Brewing Company would like to thank everyone involved in the Benefit, and encourage local residents to consider a cash or food donation to the Ord Food Pantry during their Can-Caravan drive. The last day to give is June 5th, 2018.
With today’s Proudly Not Made By Robots feature, meet Jeni. Tomorrow is Jeni’s anniversary and we want to introduce you to one of our familiar faces in our taproom. While Jeni primarily works in our taproom, she’s also stepped in on both brew days and packaging. Jeni hails from Syracuse, Nebraska and you’ll likely see her at beerfests and SBC events this summer. Now, on to Jeni!
What is your favorite SBC beer? Midplains Drifter and Chocolate Coffee Sideburns’ Milk Stout.
What is your favorite non-SBC beer? Michelob Ultra.
Who is your favorite Star Wars character? Never watched it. Please don’t fire me. (Editors note – we won’t fire you, but we’re making you watch it with us. Blasphemy!)
What is your favorite thing to do in nature? Kayak.
If you had a year to go on an adventure, where would you go and why? I would love to travel to Australia and teach English abroad. In my free time, I would explore the beautiful cities.
What advice would you give your 18-year old self? Your mother is always right!
What is one thing you would do to make the world a better place? Enforce healthy eating habits and exercising our youth. Obesity starts young!
What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? African or European (thanks Google). (Editor’s second note – we’re also going to watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail with you!)
What do you like best about working at SBC? Meeting all the new people that are passing through town.
Today marks Layne’s one-year anniversary with us at SBC and we felt it was the perfect time to thank him for his efforts here, and profile him on our Proudly Not Made By Robots series. If you recall, PNMBR is a feature series on the people that make Scratchtown great. It’s a look behind the curtain with the people that work and frequent our humble establishment, or have relationships with us outside our hometown.
Now, on to Layne. Mr. Ford works in our taproom as a beertender and hails from the great Sandhills community of Cody, Nebraska. Layne is a big fan of outdoor adventure and travel, like many of us (nearly all of us, actually!) here at the brewery. So here’s what makes Layne, Layne:
What is your favorite SBC beer? Sideburns’ Milk Stout, The General Hoppy Wheat & Corncob Smoked Cream Ale.
What is your favorite non-SBC beer? Dark O’ the Moon from Elysian, Octoberfest from Sam Adams and Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deshutes.
Who is your favorite Star Wars character? Han Solo.
What is your favorite thing to do in nature? Hike, ski, kayak, camp and hunt.
If you had a year to go on adventures, where would you go and why? Andes Mountains through Argentina, Chile and Peru, because it feels like a worthy adventure.
What advice would you give your 18-year old self? Travel more and be more health conscious.
What is your favorite SBC event? Scratch-Patty’s Day.
What do you like best about working at SBC? Meeting new people with different life experiences.