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Drink microbrews, listen to blues, help veterans at Saturday fest

A sample of a Boundary Bay IPA is poured during a tour of the brewery Feb. 23, 2013, in Bellingham. Boundary is one of several breweries participating in a Saturday, June 25, blues and brews festival that raises money to help veterans.
A sample of a Boundary Bay IPA is poured during a tour of the brewery Feb. 23, 2013, in Bellingham. Boundary is one of several breweries participating in a Saturday, June 25, blues and brews festival that raises money to help veterans. Bellingham Herald file

Four blues bands from Bellingham, Whidbey Island and New York City are joining regional breweries and microbreweries in a benefit to raise money to help disabled veterans.

The Brigadoon Beer, Blues and Jazz Festival takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the North Bellingham Golf Course, 205 W. Smith Road.

Proceeds from the event, which is for those 21 and older, support veterans’ programs in Whatcom County through two nonprofit organizations: Brigadoon Service Dogs, which provides service dogs for veterans, children and adults with physical, developmental and behavioral health disabilities; and Growing Veterans, which provides opportunities for veterans in transition to develop their résumés and identify how to translate skills learned in the military to new roles in sustainable agriculture.

Participating breweries include Boundary Bay, Wander, Kulshan, Georgetown, Hilliard’s, Ecliptic, Lagunitas and Port Townsend.

Performing at the festival will be Heebie-Jeebies, Sonia Alexis, Seabreeze Jazz Band and the Sam Ben-Meir Band.

Tickets are available at two levels via Eventbrite: $25 tickets include a souvenir glass, access to all breweries and performances and a beer-centric appetizer buffet prepared by chef Nick Moss. A ticket for only the performances is $15. Tickets also will be available at the door the day of the event.

Details: 360-733-5388, brigadoonbeerbluesandjazzfestival.com.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

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