Hundreds in loving support at 2022 Hanz Brew Fest


Marla Herringer and Tami Verstraete served from a nice selection of wine at After the Vines alcove section.

Plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the 70's welcomed an estimated 500 people to the 2022 Hanz Brew Fest. Supporters came out in loving memory of Todd Hansmeier on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Souvenir cups were filled from a selection of over 100 beers, served by 70 plus volunteers. Wine lovers visited After The Vine's alcove.

Periodically, action shifted to five and half toasts to Todd. Different genres were covered by the bands Stereotype, April's Fool, and No Dice.

Game players challenged others to bags, full size beer pong, and ladder golf. Food choices included Cantina Tacos, Frybaby's and Veebos.

Hanz Brew Fest t-shirts were available for purchase, created by Embroid This.

Strike the Box Pipes and Cigars took part in the festivities.

Barb Rothmaler was the lucky winner of the 50/50 raffle.

Rockton Lions Club lent an extra dose of financial support after a two year break due to COVID-19. The Lions donated $2,500 each year, covering that missed time.

The fundraiser honors Todd Hansmeier, who tragically lost his life on June 30, 2014. Fifteen scholarships have been awarded at the HCHS Scholarship night since the first Hanz Brew Fest in 2015. This year's Hanz Brew Fest raised enough money to award another scholarship.

Louie's Tap House and After The Vine hosted a Hanz Brew Fest ticket giveaway and per-party. Rookies Pub and Grill also gave away a pair of tickets.

The Gem Shop & Diamond Source served as one of the events sponsors by donating beautiful jewelry that was part of a silent auction.

“We would like to thank all of our fantastic sponsors,” Brian said.

Anyone who was unable to attend but would still like to help donations will also be accepted. Details on how to give can be found on the Hanz Brew Fest page.

Todd Hansmeir placed a high value on education. Today, his friends and family are continuing his love of life and his legacy through these scholarships in his name.

Todd Hansmeier's brother Brian was joined by volunteers who made Hanz Brew Fest run smoothly.
Brian and Amy were met up with friends Krista and Troy Finner and Shelly Varga.
No Dice displayed their talents at Hanz Brew Fest.
Bryn Hansmeier and Jadyn Stien were joined by Harley, the Hanz Brew Fest mascot .
Michael Bailor was dressed perfectly for an Oktoberfest event such as Hanz Brew Fest. He is holding up a shirt that he caught from Mark Henderson's throw.
Shelly Schweigart, Michael Day and Maddy Maj from the Gem Shop were one of the generous event sponsors.
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