Some of you may recall that the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation recently held a fundraising event called Plates for the Parkway. As a result of that week-long event, during which participating restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds to the parkway, the foundation raised a good chunk of money. They are still coming up with the final tally, which I’ll share when I can.
“Kegs for a Cause,” which takes place this week at Local Roots Restaurant on Grandin Road in Roanoke, is related to this fundraising effort. It’s also a chance for Local Roots to announce that they’ve received an off-premise ABC license, which means customers can buy beer in kegs, bottles and growlers and leave with it (a growler, for those who don’t know, is basically a refillable jug).
The restaurant will start taking orders for Parkway Brewing Company kegs this coming Thursday, June 27, so you can order some great local beer for a July 4th cookout and do something good for the national park at the same time. They’ll also be selling Parkway Brewing Co. beer in bottles and on draft, and although their growlers have not arrived yet, they’ll fill your growler if you have one to bring in.
I’m going to share the specifics on prices and sizes below, but the important thing to remember is that Local Roots will donate 15 percent of ALL Parkway Brewing Co. beer sales on Thursday (June 27) to the Blue Ridge Parkway, not just keg sales.
Kegs will be available in Parkway’s Bridge Builder Blonde Ale and Get Bent Mountain IPA. They come in quarter-barrel size ($115) and half-barrel size ($190). Quarter kegs hold about 62 pints, which works out to $1.86 per pint, and half barrels hold about 124 pints, or $1.54 per pint.
In house, they’ll have the Get Bent in 12-oz. bottles for $2.50 and the Raven’s Roost Baltic Porter in 22-oz. bottles for $7.50 (for off-premise purchase, the prices are $2.25 and $6.75, respectively). On draft, they will have the Bridge Builder Blonde for $5 a pint or $3.25 for an 8-oz. pour.
Growler filling will be $15 for a 64-oz. growler.