Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause


by Jesiah Dorpat

As a partaker and lover of all things beer and music (and of course the lovely Des Moines people), my stomach, ears and my sweet bluesy soul were filled by this event to the uttermost.

Sax Solo by James King and the Southsiders!

Sax Solo by James King and the Southsiders!

This year the Festival, held last Saturday, featured 4 bands of various bluesy niches and funks, which set the tempo for a good time and made sipping beer all the more enjoyable. My favorite band was James King and the Southsiders, who had a presence like no other (there is nothing like watching a ripping saxophone solo done right in the middle of the crowd).

24 breweries of various sizes and repertoires made it a good day for tasting in the sweet sunshine. Anything a boy could want–IPAs, stouts and ambers, oh my!

This year, the PBBB festival fell on the same weekend as the Seattle International BeerFest, giving this event some out-of-the-ordinary competition. Brian Nicholson, an avid homebrewer and 3rd year volunteer at the PBBB Festival, remarked on why PBBB is still his festival of choice: “It’s a smaller festival, the music is fun, the setting is amazing, and it’s a lot more relaxed and casual.”

Every year, the good people of the Des Moines Rotary Club facilitate the PBBB, and have made it an aim to pour the proceeds back into the Des Moines community through a program called Music4Life. Mark Rusnak, a longtime Rotarian, explains the underlying heart of the festival–giving back to those in need.

“We acquire gently used instruments or we purchase some… to give back to the schools to distribute to kids who can’t afford them, and then they just keep getting recycled once they’re done.”  Even though the Rotary Club works nationally and internationally on other humanitarian projects, the goal really, as Mark states, is to “make where you live a better place.” That you do, Mark, that you do.

Come quickly, Poverty Bay Blues and Brews 2015, come quickly! In the meantime, checkout Highline Music4Life and the Des Moines Rotary Club to see what other good you can do. Hope to see you all there next year to grab a drink and help out our community.

Cheers!

Sax Solo by James King and the Southsiders!

Sax Solo by James King and the Southsiders!

Some breweries serving delicious beer to the masses.

Some breweries serving delicious beer to the masses.

This year exceeded expectations with the best turnout in years!

This year exceeded expectations with the best turnout yet!

I got in close to get a shot of James King and the Outsiders

James King and the Southsiders making magic!

The beautiful des moines weather made many attendees thirsty!

The beautiful Des Moines weather made many attendees thirsty!

As the band broke it down for a minute, couples grabbed their partners for a slow dance.

As the band broke it down for a minute, couples grabbed their partners for a slow dance.

Happy customers make happy breweries! Fish Brewing Company serving a tasty IPA

Happy customers make happy breweries! Fish Brewing Company serving a tasty IPA.


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One Response to “Blues & Brews Delivers Again — Fine Beer, Rockin’ Music, a Good Cause”
  1. Michael Smith says:

    Nice article. Sounds like a fun time. Might be fun to try next year.

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