A great crowd attended 2015 Prairie Brewfest.

Prairie Brewfest, the craft-beer event for a community that doesn’t have its own brewery, was held Sept. 12, and the attendance was up nearly 25 percent.

Approximately 370 paying guests enjoyed sampling craft beer from 14 brewers. They also snacked on hamburgers donated by Culver’s, listened to music from Dave Lindahl and Wondercure, and played bean-bag toss while enjoying temperatures in the high 60s.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation uses the proceeds from Prairie Brewfest for its programs and operation. The latest success allows the Community Foundation to continue to fulfill unmet needs in Eden Prairie, something it has been doing since 1981.

Our brewers this year were Bauhaus Brew Labs, Big Wood Brewery, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Brau Brothers Brewing Co., Crispin Hard Cider Company, Indeed Brewing Co., Lake Monster Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Leinenkugel’s, LTD Brewing Co., Lucid Brewing, Mankato Brewery, Surly Brewing Co., and Third Street Brewhouse.

A big thank-you goes out to our sponsors for 2015 Prairie Brewfest: Kraus-Anderson Realty Company, Tavern 4 & 5, Star Bank – Eden Prairie, J.A. Price Agency, Grootwassink Real Estate, Liberty Property Trust, Xcel Energy, and Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq. In-kind sponsors in addition to Culver’s were Eden Prairie Liquor and SouthWest Transit.

David Lindahl chaired the event.


You can still donate to our Century Giving campaign

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation has begun its annual “Century Giving” campaign, a way to support the organization and its work without attending a gala social event.


This is a mid-year campaign the Community Foundation has held every year since 1997, and one that helps fund its broad range of work – not only the well-known annual granting program but also its work on a new Youth Initiative, its philanthropy through donor-advised and designated funds, its collaboration with other non-profits, and its work to provide community leadership.

The organization asks Eden Prairie households to consider sustaining EPCF’s work with a contribution of at least $100 – thus the reference to “century.” Other giving levels include Patron Givers ($1,000 to $4,999) and Benefactor Givers ($5,000 or more).

Those who have supported the Community Foundation in the past are receiving a newsletter and remittance envelope that can be used to mail a donation to EPCF. Donations can also be made online with a credit card, using this website. Go to our “Donation Page” and indicate you are making a Century Giving donation.


EPCF launches its youth initiative

Young people – and making them better citizens of the world – is a new priority of the Community Foundation. It has launched a “youth initiative,” and identified two early projects: long-term funding for the CounterAct program that police officers present to Eden Prairie fifth-graders, and PROP scholarship dollars so youth can participate in sports, theater, swimming lessons, and other after-school activities.

You can read about the Community Foundation’s youth initiatives and how they came to be in this Eden Prairie News story.

CounterAct and PROP’s after-school youth scholarships are existing and proven programs that need more funding support from the community. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is rallying residents and businesses to meet this need, and fund these programs long-term so they continue to mold our young people.

You can help by using our “Donate” page on this website to make a contribution to this effort. Thank you!


The Eden Prairie Foundation Celebrates 34 Years of Giving in 2015.