Brewfest finds a better fit with schedule, coordination


Orin Pierson / Petersburg Pilot

Homebrewers serve up their latest creations at Friday night's Devils Thumb BrewSki and Stew fest. Erica Kludt-Painter and Jon Kludt-Painter's Mitkof Island IPA won out as the crowd favorite for beer and won best in show among all beverages. Bev Sierck's raspberry-rhubarb cordial took first in the cordial category and Margaret Newlun's rosehip wine took the time prize among five wines submitted.

The ninth annual Devil's Thumb Brewfest and Chili Cookoff was a huge success under different management this year, after the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce passed the mantle for the community event.

"They were hoping to be able to find somebody else to take up the torch, and Angela (Christensen) found it in herself to be able to keep it alive," said Eric Castro, who also volunteered to help put on the event. "The community does not want to see this event die."

The Petersburg Ski Club also threw itself behind the effort, additionally coordinating finances to pay for the event and possibly tu...

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