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.
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.