Non-profit organization, The Bravo Alpha Foundation, will host the Inaugural Teach’s Revenge Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday at 12 p.m. located in the Greenville Convention Center.
The Bravo Alpha Foundation “supports veterans and first responders in their efforts to recover from Post Traumatic Stress and Self Destructive Actions,” according to their website. This year will be the foundations first year running Teach’s Revenge according to director, Cristi Smith.
Smith said the organization has been hosting festivals for the past 10 years to raise money for college scholarships. This year, they added to their mission statement that they will focus on awareness of veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.
“Our goal is to support education through our festivals,” Smith said. “This year we have also added support and awareness of the suicide rate of Veterans and First Responders.”
Over 50 American craft microbreweries and wineries will be present at the festival and will offer their house beverages, according to Smith. Collectively, there will be over 100 varieties of wine and beer present for tasting.
Entertainment for the festival will include folk band Driskil on the main stage and guitarist Tommy Duzan Sr, in the VIP area.
Ethan Driskill states that this is the band’s first time playing in Greenville and they’re excited to perform at the festival and work with Bravo Alpha because of the good cause and what they do for veterans.
“Even if they [Bravo Alpha] weren’t having an event, this would be a great cause to get behind and I’m sure they're going to be a big crowd there,” Driskill said. “I encourage anyone to come out and support a good cause. If they want to hear us play, then definitely come on out because we love to have people out here to support us.”
Owner of Prolyfk Brewing Project, Ben Knight, states that this will be the brewery’s first year attending the festival. Knight said he believes the festival represents a good cause and wants to be part of it mentioning that it helps benefits businesses if the drink is well received.
“It [the festival] brings breweries together for a common goal,” Knight said. “It also allows everyone to see the state of beer at that moment and what people get excited about, how they interact with people and the beer. It's a good way to panel people and see how your beer is received on a more broad level.”
Knight said he thinks Prolyfk has a unique product and wants to share it with many people and hopes that they share a moment with their drinks to see what it can be.
“Beer is just more than ingredients, it's a culture full of people who enjoy hanging out together,” Knight said. “Come hang out with us and drink a good beer. You won't be disappointed.”
General admission is $50 and VIP is $75. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at advanced at TeachesRevenge.org or at Tapped 650 and Greenville Convention Center. Attendees must be over 21 to attend the festival.