« on: January 13, 2014, 11:46:56 AM »
If you're primarily interested in rasing funds for your club, there's other options. We recently partnered with a local brewery who supports our efforts to do a brewing demo and raffle during their Saturday tour and tasting. Folks had already paid them for entry and were tasting their beers, so we had no conflicts as we weren't serving any homebrew.
We did two all grain demos simultaneously during the three hour period they were open for the tour/tasting, with great interest from folks. We ended up signing up about five new members, which was an added bonus. We had applications and business cards on the raffle table, and will probably get additional members as a result of that as well.
As far as the raffle, we solicited local pubs for gift cards, t-shirts, empty growlers and other swag. The club donated a set of five pint glasses from local breweries, and a commercial seasonal ale assortment. Our local homebrew shop donated an extract kit, and a starter equipment kit as two items as well. The brewery donated a gift basket full of swag and beer, and the grand prize of a private party for twenty-five at the brewery. As I said, they actively support us as they started as homebrewers and are still dues-paying members of the club.
Tickets were $5 for 1, $8 for 2, 12$ for 3, etc. Lots of folks would buy two and let us keep the change from a ten dollar bill. When all was said and done we had raised $1000 for the club in one afternoon and exposed a lot of craft beer drinkers to our club and the joys of homebrewing. We'll probably start doing this twice a year.