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“Friends of the Brave”

Craft Beer Event to Benefit our Military, First Responders

 and their Families


 Thursday, September 8th:

A variety of Craft Beers • Live Music • Special Guests • Silent & Live Auction



5:00pm – 10:00pm



The Wilds Golf Course

3151 Wilds Parkway NW

Prior Lake, MN 55372

BURNSVILLE, MN – Friends of the Brave, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and support to our Military, First Responders and their families, will host a Craft Beer Event Thursday evening, September 8th, at The Wilds Golf Course in Prior Lake.  


  • Participants include active and inactive veteran members of our armed forces,

Minnesota’s own Crashed Ice Athletes (including World Champion Cameron Naasz, the #2 ranked skater in the US, Maxwell Dunne, and top-ranked female racers Michaela Michaelson and Sydney O’Keefe), Vikings Cheerleaders, high profile personalities from the sports and entertainment fields, musicians, and government and business leaders who support our military and first responders.


  • Special invited guests include NYPD and FDNY first responders involved in the rescue and recovery efforts in New York City on September 11th, 2001.


Friends of the Brave is a newly formed nonprofit organization that believes in the importance of supporting our men and women in uniform. We do this by creating a variety of events and initiatives to raise funds for both Military and First Responders. These funds are directed, but not limited to: rehabilitative, occupational, and educational programs,

individual groups and families, housing, service animal programs and other non-profits that support our mission.


Craft beer tasting from 5:00pm-10:00pm
Live music by CreatiVets, Outlaw 21 & Chris Hawkey

Silent auction from 5:00pm-10:00pm


  • The craft beer reception features local craft brewery supporters:


Fulton Brewery, Schell’s Brewery, Excelsior Brewing Company, Mankato Brewery, Founding Fathers Brewing Co., F-Town Brewing Co., Badger Hill Brewery, Summit Brewing Co., Lift Bridge Brewing, Veteran’s Beer Company, Torg Brewery, Glewwes Castle Brewery.


  • Live entertainment will be provided by:


CreatiVets (at 5:30pm):  CreatiVets mission is to provide disabled veterans with the opportunity to use art therapy, music, and creative writing to address the psychological and emotional needs that arise from combat-related trauma. The band will be playing their latest heartfelt tracks.


Outlaw 21(at 6:30pm) From the foothills of North Carolina “Outlaw 21” artfully blends the musical genres of bluegrass, outlaw country, southern rock, and blues into their own special original style of music that displays sounds of traditional American musicians and songwriters. Those American traditions go deeper than the music – Eric and Dale served in the US Army, and in 2004 Dale was severely injured during his deployment to Iraq resulting in the loss of both of his legs below the knee.


Chris Hawkey (at 8:00pm): Country music artist with two hit singles from his self-titled album (“My Kind of Crazy” and “Favorite Song”). Come hear him rock the stage and drink a cold craft brew in support of the men and women in uniform.


The public is invited to attend, join in the fun, and thank those who serve on our behalf.  Ticket price is $30 prior to the event/$40 at the door and just $10 for those drinking root beer. More information and advance ticket sales are available on our website ( or through our Facebook page (Friends of the Brave).