ZwanzigZ announces charity donations from Columbus Craft Beer Festival

It was altogether appropriate that ZwanzigZ Pizza & Brewing, which organizes the Columbus Craft Beer Festival, offered a bit of beer tasting at the annual announcement of charity donations from the festival proceeds.

In just three years, the event at Round Lake at Mill Race Park downtown has donated more than $100,000 to area charities from the proceeds from the festival.

After treating guests at the check presentation to a selection of ZwanzigZ craft beer, including a new Snickerdoodle blend, and a selection of the restaurant’s pizza offerings, Kurt and Lisa Zwanzig first brought a group of local Columbus residents who organized the initial installments of the festival to the front of the room to thank them for their efforts.

“It was started by this group, and without them, this could not have happened,” Kurt Zwanzig said of the continuation of the festival. He explained that ZwanzigZ stepped in as new “stewards” of the event, but also kept the donations to local community charities as an important part of the event.

The other change for the third year of the festival in 2019 was to move the event to May, to avoid conflicts with a large number of events locally in the fall.

The 2019 Columbus Craft Beer Fest featured about 50 vendors of craft beer and food with three area bands.

ZwanzigZ presented $7,000 checks to Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, Just Friends Adult Day Services and the Columbus Parks Foundation from the 2019 event.

Kurt Zwanzig said ZwanzigZ wanted to keep the Columbus Craft Beer Festival about beer and the brewers and about craft beer.

“And we never forget it’s about Columbus,” he said. “It’s about these charities and about our community.”

Kurt Zwanzig, from left, co-owner of ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing, ZwanzigZ communications and events specialist Caroline Letsel, and Lisa Zwanzig, co-owner of ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing, address guests during their Columbus Craft Beer Festival Charity Lunch at ZwanzigZ Brewery on 12th Street in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Lisa and Kurt presented checks in the amount of $7,000 to Columbus Parks and Recreation, Turning Point and Just Friends Adult Day Services. Mike Wolanin | The Republic
Kurt Zwanzig, from left, co-owner of ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing, ZwanzigZ communications and events specialist Caroline Letsel, and Lisa Zwanzig, co-owner of ZwanzigZ Pizza and Brewing, address guests during their Columbus Craft Beer Festival Charity Lunch at ZwanzigZ Brewery on 12th Street in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Lisa and Kurt presented checks in the amount of $7,000 to Columbus Parks and Recreation, Turning Point and Just Friends Adult Day Services. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

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