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Malt Row Breweries To Host Lincoln Square Virtual Block Party This Weekend

Last year’s Mayfestiversary raised $25,000 for the Friendship Center which the breweries hope to match with this weekend's virtual block party.

Mona Ewing Yaeger, Bowmanville resident and regular Friendship Center volunteer, holding bread from Floriole Bakery.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Two of Malt Row’s breweries are hosting an online block party this weekend to benefit Lincoln Square’s Friendship Center.

The event will be a virtual edition of Mayfestiversary, the spring block party hosted by Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing to celebrate the neighborhood and raise money for neighborhood organizations.

The event will start 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. See a full schedule below.

Last year’s Mayfestiversary raised $25,000 for the Friendship Center, which accounts for about one-fifth of the food pantry’s annual budget according to Ross Outten, director of development.  

The cancelation of fundraising events across the city combined with a massive increase in people needing food assistance during record unemployment has put a financial strain the nonprofit, he said.

“We’re trying to fill in the big budget hole now,” Outten said. “We don’t get any government funding. Everything we get is privately fundraised and typically we have an annual budget of between $225,000 and $250,000 every year. Dovetail and Begyle have really stepped up to help us fill that hole.”

By hosting the two-day event this weekend Dovetail and Begyle aim to match last year’s donations. To donate directly to the Friendship Center, 2711 W. Lawrence Ave., click here.

Below are the details for the two-day event.

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Fat Shallot Food Truck
The Fat Shallot will be on-site at Begyle and able to make to-go orders and fill preorders submitted from their site –

1 p.m., Begyle Brewing Virtual Brewery Tour
Join Liz and Kevin as they take you on an all-access tour of Begyle! Pick up a special tour 4-pack for a full  interactive experience — streaming live on Facebook! 
The 4-packs are available via curbside pick up, purchase here:

3 p.m., Dovetail Brewery Tour
Owners and brewers Bill and Hagen will take you on an excellent adventure through their brewery! Tour goers can purchase a special Virtual Brewery Tour 4-pack and taste along on the tour, with proceeds from the 4-pack to benefit The Friendship Center.
Streaming via YouTube – set a reminder here:
The 4-packs available via curbside pick up, purchase here:

5 p.m., Virtual Mayfestiversary Concert 
Post up on the Begyle, Dovetail or Friendship Center’s Facebook pages for some special performances from of our festival favorites — streaming live on Facebook!

10 a.m., Virtual Frühschoppen With Dovetail 
Join Bill and Hagen (in their Lederhosen!) for an online Frühschoppen, a Sunday morning tradition in Germany and Austria where people enjoy beer and sausages before noon. Beer brunchers are encouraged to support our friends at Paulina Meat Market and L&M Fine Foods in Lincoln Square to pick up sausages
Streaming via YouTube –

11 a.m., Yoga at Begyle Mayfestiversary Edition 
Join our good friend, Caitlin Kalosky, for a one-hour slow flow yoga class. The class is free to attend but please consider a tip for the teacher (Venmo @caitlin-kalosky) and a donation to The Friendship Center.
Sign up here: (A zoom link and password will be emailed to you)

3 p.m., Begyle Bingo Mayfestiversary Edition
Begyle’s owner Kevin Cary will take you on a 10-round bingo bonanza! Compete to win fantastic prizes (gift cards!). Bingo is free to play but you will need to pick up a score card at Begyle Brewing via curbside pick up. Bingo daubers are for sale to make the experience authentic, dauber proceeds will be donated back to the Friendship Center. You can purchase your bingo sheets and daubers here!

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