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Beer Prom returns to support Lydia Place

Local breweries collaborate on new brews for charity
May 22, 2022 at 6:07 p.m.
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Updated May 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Y’vari Wooten dances to GrooveBot's cover of “Juice” by Lizzo at '70s Beer Prom in the ballroom at the Hotel Leo on May 21. The event featured 13 breweries and benefitted Lydia Place.
Y’vari Wooten dances to GrooveBot's cover of “Juice” by Lizzo at '70s Beer Prom in the ballroom at the Hotel Leo on May 21. The event featured 13 breweries and benefitted Lydia Place. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)

By HAILEY HOFFMAN
Staff Reporter

After a pandemic hiatus, the Beer Prom to benefit Lydia Place returned to Bellingham once again on Saturday, May 21.

Hundreds came out — decked in their hottest ’70s one-pieces, pastel blue suits, crochet dresses, wigs and more — to dance and sip beers from 15 breweries and enjoy a night out. The event also offered a raffle, party games and food. 

Of course, prom isn’t complete without royalty. Partygoers voted on their favorite brewery couple who collaborated to make a fresh new drink. Beach Cat and Logan won with their Blinx Blackberry Lavender Gose sour ale.

All proceeds from tickets went to Lydia Place, a local nonprofit that serves and supports people experiencing homelessness in Bellingham. 

photo  GrooveBot performs to a dancing crowd. The band covers funk, soul and R&B tunes with vocals, saxophones, trumpets, drums and more. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)  


photo  Decked out in a denim one-piece and vibrant-blue eyeshadow, Eleanor Parham dances to GrooveBot. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)  


photo  Sydney Kaster pours a beer from the Aslan-North Fork Brewery booth. The two breweries collaborated — or were one another’s prom dates — to create a blended “lambic-inspired” sour. They describe it as a complex sour with “upfront acidity, over peach and a bright cereal grain finish.” (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)  


photo  Virginia Gustke votes on her favorite beer collaboration for prom royalty. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)  


photo  Jay and Nicole Heller swing dance on the floor. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)  


photo  Matt Ambrose plays the saxophone with the GrooveBots. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)  

 

A previous version of this story misstated the number of breweries who participated in this event. The story was updated to reflect these changes on May 24, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.

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