#BeerIsCommunity: How Craft Breweries Empower Communities Through Beer

#BeerIsCommunity: How Craft Breweries Empower Communities Through Beer

At Switchyard Brewing, we witnessed firsthand the transformative power of community engagement during our recent Dance in the Street Block Party. We want to share this remarkable experience and inspire other breweries and business organizations to make a positive impact in their own communities. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the significance of fostering connections, nurturing emerging talent, engaging in philanthropy, and creating unforgettable experiences. Join us as we explore how #BeerIsCommunity and discover how your brewery can add value to people’s lives and businesses.

Recognizing Remarkable Achievements:

As we reflect on the success of the Dance in the Street Block Party, it is essential to recognize the exceptional contributions of our Summer 2023 Private Events Intern, Sydney Evans. Hailing from South Bend, Indiana, Sydney played a pivotal role in planning, designing, marketing, and executing this unforgettable block party. From start to finish, Sydney showcased her exceptional talent and commitment to creating an extraordinary experience for all attendees.

Nurturing Emerging Talent and Leadership:

Our brewery takes great pride in hosting interns from the IU School of Public Health Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree program. These talented individuals, like Sydney, are required to work full-time with local businesses as part of their internship. By entrusting interns with the planning and management of large private events, breweries have the opportunity to foster growth, passion, and professional development within the industry. Sydney’s remarkable achievements during her time with us exemplify the power of learning through action and embracing challenging experiences.

Engaging in Philanthropic Endeavors:

During the Dance in the Street Block Party, we were honored to collaborate with My Sister’s Closet, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting women in need. Thanks to the generosity of our attendees, we collected a mini-van full of donated clothes and essential personal care supplies. These items, including tampons, sunscreen, body and face wash, and other hygiene products, will directly support women in need in Monroe County, making a meaningful difference in their lives. By aligning with a cause and leveraging community support, breweries can create a positive impact and improve the lives of those in need.

Creating Unforgettable Experiences:

The success of our Dance in the Street Block Party has motivated us to continue hosting future events. We are already in the planning stages for upcoming block parties in August, September, and October. By inviting friends, family, and community members to join us, we aim to create memorable experiences that foster a sense of joy, celebration, and unity. These events not only benefit our brewery but also contribute to the overall well-being and connectedness of our community.


Breweries have a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact on their communities. By building connections, nurturing emerging talent, engaging in philanthropy, and creating unforgettable experiences, they can cultivate a sense of belonging, empower individuals, and foster positive change. At Switchyard Brewing, we wholeheartedly embrace the notion that #BeerIsCommunity, and we invite breweries and businesses everywhere to join us in creating a brighter future for all.


Kurtis Cummings
Founder / Switchyard Brewing

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