Brew And Barbecue To Feature Food, Live Entertainment And Best Home Brew Beer Contest
BREW AND BARBECUE-Chris Payne, a member of the Mountaintop Kiwanis Club, is helping promote the club’s first annual Brew and Barbeque. The Oct. 11 fundraiser will include a pig roast, beer, live bands, and a beer-brewing contest. Chris is shown standing in front of an old-fashioned beer brewer, at Simply Homebrew in Drums, a brewing supply store involved in the competition.

The Mountaintop Kiwanis Club is planning its first ever Brew and Barbeque, an outdoor event that includes food, live bands, and entertainment, as well as a contest where the best beer home-brewer will be crowned. The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11, from noon to 5 p. m., at the American Legion Park, on Henry Drive in Mountain Top.

“We decided to do something different and to do it outside on a beautiful fall day,” related Chris Payne, Kiwanis member and chairperson of the event. “It’ll be music, food, football, and fun all in one outdoor place.”

Among the food offered at the event, Cibo Catering, of Scranton, will provide a pig roast with its chef on site to carve the meat. A mix of unique specialty beers will be offered for participants to sample. Simply Homebrew, a wine-and beer-making supply store in Drums where customers can not only purchase brewing items there but also learn to make their own alcohol on site, will have volunteers at the event, as well.

People from all over the country have been mailing their beer samples in to Simply HomeBrew for the 2015 NEPA Conical Cup, which will take place at the Brew and Barbeque. The conical cup is a contest sponsored by the Luzerne County Brewers, for those who brew their own beer.

To enter the contest, for those 21 and over, participants must submit two unlabeled bottles or cans of beer, that are 12-to 32-ounces, and that have been brewed at home. The beer will be placed in one of seven categories. Judges will do a blind taste test and rate the beer in a number of areas. Prizes include gift certificates to Simply Homebrew, trophies, and “bragging rights.” To enter the Conical Cup, participants must register at www.nepaconicalcup.comanytime between now and Oct. 2.

Two live bands will be performing at the Brew and Barbeque -Dirty Hand, a local band from White Haven, and Project Mayhem, a rock band from Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre.

Also, for those who can’t miss a Sunday football game, two tents will be outside where participants can view two different games on big-screen high-definition televisions.

The Kiwanis Club is an international organization of volunteers that focuses on improving the lives of children, through charity and fundraisers. Services provided range from reading to children at a library, to raising funds for a community need, such as a playground, to assisting children in financial need.

Proceeds collected at the Brew and Barbeque will go toward local causes that the Mountaintop Kiwanis Club helps, Chris related. The Kiwanis Club, he said, “is dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. We are the community of Mountain Top, helping the children of Mountain Top through different causes.”

The Mountaintop Kiwanis Club has about 50 members, Chris explained, and he has been a member for less than a year, having just moved here from Virginia. “I immediately got involved because of the reputation of the organization,” he remarked. “I wanted to be a part of the community.”

In between the bands performing at the Brew and Barbeque, Chris, a part-time deejay who goes by the name Chrispy, will emcee and play a variety of popular music for the crowd.

“People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or event tents,” he added. “That’ll make it a nice concert atmosphere.”

All ages are invited to attend the Brew and Barbeque, and Chris noted that the American Legion has a nearby playground for children to enjoy. Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at the event, or at Simply Homebrew. For more information, call Simply Homebrew at 570-788-2311 or email Chris at