Beer-tasting fundraiser will benefit homeless shelter

GREENFIELD — Hundreds of craft beer lovers from across Central Indiana are expected to visit Greenfield on Saturday for Hops for Hope, a charity fundraiser that partners spirits and philanthropy to benefit the Hancock Hope House.

The third annual beer-tasting event is expected to draw more than 400 people, many of whom have participated in the fundraiser in the past, said Carl Denny, the shelter’s executive director. The event is a great way for people to sample different drinks while bringing attention to the Hope House’s mission, he said.

“It’s kind of like a fellowship and a reunion,” Denny said of the event.

“More than anything it creates awareness for the house, and it brings in money which is very important.”

The event is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, 620 N. Apple St., Greenfield.

Hope House provides shelter to the homeless from Hancock, Shelby and Rush counties. Thousands of men, women and children have passed through the shelter since it opened in 1991, Denny said. The money raised at Hops for Hope will be used to help maintain the shelter’s 1,600 square foot facility, he said.

“We’re here to add value to the community, and to serve those in need,” Denny said. “Everyone that comes to the Hope House has a unique story.”

Three years ago, the shelter’s board of directors was looking for a unique way to bring people together to support the shelter. The board decided to take advantage of the growing popularity of craft brewing and had excellent success, board member Mike Low said.

General admission tickets are on sale for $35, and packs of 10 can be purchased for $300. Discounted tickets are available for designated drivers for $10.

Fortville’s Park Place Catering company has worked to pair a unique appetizer with each beer sample, so those who attend can look forward to yummy food in addition to tasty drinks.

Hops for Hope will bring together 10 local craft breweries, including two from Hancock County, the Scarlet Lane Brewing Co. in McCordsville and Wooden Bear Brewing Co. in Greenfield.

Hops for Hope is a great way for small breweries to get their names out while raising money for a good cause, said Brent Sandquist, a co-owner of Wooden Bear. The gathering is intimate enough that brewers are able to sit and discuss their creations with patrons and each other, he said.

Tickets will remain on sale until the day of the event, Denny said. Tickets can be purchased online at

For more information, call 317-467-4991.

If you go

Hops for Hope, a fundraiser for Hancock Hope House, is scheduled for Saturday.

The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds exhibit hall, 620 N. Apple St., Greenfield.

For tickets, visit or call 317-467-4991.

Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or