Put a bunch of lawyers in a room, and you might expect some serious conversations and legal opinions.
Throw in some “hops” and a passion for a good cause, and the evening turns into a night of merriment, fund raising and dizziness.
Hops for Hope delivered on the good time promised in this inaugural event: A pairing of appetizers with tastings of some of the regions premier brewmaster’s beers, tricycle races, music from Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and needed funds raised for New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.
The “dizziness” had little to do with the fact that Hops for Hope, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division, District IV, featured beer tastings of some of the finest micro-brews. It had to do with grown men riding tricycles around an oval track, their knees to their chins and equilibrium a little off-kilter.
The May 1 event was held in Townsend at Dancing Bear Lodge. Members of the Tennessee Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division District IV hosted the event as a Law Day charity fundraiser.
Beers to be sampled included Sweet Water Brewing Company, Highland Brewing Company and Smoky Mountain Brewing Company. The evening also included ice cream from Marble Slab Creamery, a sampling of coffee from Vienna Coffee and a silent auction.
Each year the Young Lawyers Division plans and hosts an event for their members and the public. After several years hosting a golf tournament, Justin Martin, an attorney with Kiser and Black in Maryville, suggested an event that could include spouses and families. As an avid fan of local breweries, the idea of Hops for Hope was born. Martin, Dancing Bear managing partner Matt Alexander and a committee of planners created the event. Kyle Nolen and Kevin Proffitt, financial advisors with Northwestern Mutual, were the “Stout Signature Sponsors” for this event.