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June 15, 2018

Courtney Lane, Media and Events
Kulshan Brewing Company

Bellingham Beer Prom Benefit Brews Hope and Funding to Fight Homelessness

On Saturday, June 30th, Kulshan Brewing Company and Lydia Place invite you to dress in your most outrageous 80s prom attire, and head to Bellingham Beer Prom at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom in downtown Bellingham. Beer Prom is a collaborative beer-brewing event, engaging six local breweries that have each asked a brewery outside of Whatcom County to the dance. Each prom partnership has already started the brewing process for a one of a kind 80s themed Beer Prom Brew. These six collaborative beers will debut at the dance, along with a mystical DeLorean and more 80s themed delights. Proceeds from Beer Prom benefit Lydia Place, a Bellingham nonprofit agency dedicated to disrupting the cycle of homelessness and promoting sustained independence for current and future generations. Founded in 2012, Kulshan Brewing Company’s mission is to sustainably produce exceptional beer, bring people together, maintain a fun and fulfilling workplace for staff, and give back to the community. “Our number one priority for this event (Beer Prom) is to support Lydia Place. The work Lydia Place does is important to the Bellingham community and we are happy to be working with them in support of their mission,” Megan Bailey, Brand Manager of Kulshan Brewing said. Kulshan’s second priority with this event is the opportunity to further develop the ever growing beer community in Bellingham, and connect with communities outside county lines. “Bellingham has a special and unique beer community. Kulshan wants to help further develop this by welcoming other breweries with open arms," Bailey said. "We are one big brewing family and we are excited to welcome other breweries outside of Bellingham so they can come in and celebrate this awesome culture.” For Lydia Place, Beer Prom demonstrates how collaborative partnerships can create opportunities to work together to find solutions to challenging community issues like ending homelessness. “Lydia Place relies on the power of partnerships and collaborative engagement to help bring awareness and funding to support our critical housing programs and services,  Lydia Place Community Engagement Director, Shultzie Willows, said. "Beer Prom and our partnership with Kulshan Brewing checks both of these boxes, and demonstrates what’s possible when we collaborate rather than compete.” Proceeds from Beer Prom will be used to support housing, parent education, counseling and subsidies that impact more than 150 households at any given time. Beer Prom event highlights include collaborative brews from Kulshan and Old Schoolhouse, Chuckanut and Reuben's Brews, Menace and San Juan Island Brewing, Wander and Icicle Brewing, Boundary Bay and Atwood Ales, and Illuminati and Scrappy Punk. Each collaborative beer will be judged by a popular vote on which brew is the BEST of Show. The two breweries with the most votes will then be crowned Beer Prom royalty and presented as the Royal Beer Court. A raffle with participating beer brew swag, fun prizes, StrEAT Food Café, DJ Moonboot, and other 80’s delights round out this fun and thematic event raising awareness and critical funding for Lydia Place. Get your Beer Prom ticket, put on your poofy-puff sleeves, and on June 30th help crown the Royal Beer Prom Collaborative Couple at the first Beer Prom benefitting Lydia Place. Find tickets and more at https://beerprom.brownpapertickets.com ABOUT LYDIA PLACE Lydia Place is a nonprofit, community-based agency based in Bellingham, WA, serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Whatcom and greater Whatcom County since 1989. Through partnerships with private and public entities, Lydia Place provides services and housing placements to over 150 households at any given time through its diverse housing and support programs. The mission of Lydia Place is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations. Learn more at lydiaplace.org ABOUT KULSHAN BREWING COMPANY Founded in 2012 by Bellingham native David Vitt, they are one of the fastest-growing breweries in Whatcom County, highly regarded for making delicious and well-balanced ales and lagers. Just one year after opening, they doubled the size of the brewhouse to 15 barrels in order to keep up with demand. In 2015 they opened a second brewery in the Roosevelt neighborhood, affectionately named “K2”, in Bellingham with a 30-barrel brewhouse. They have a strong following for their extensive line of award-winning beers.

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