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Beverages From Around the World Highlight EAA's Hops & Props Fundraiser on March 3

Proceeds support EAA AirVenture Museum's year-round education and programming

January 30, 2012 - Beverages from around the world accompanied by fine food and music highlight this year's edition of EAA's popular "Hops & Props" tasting fundraiser on Saturday, March 3. The festivities will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

More than 250 extraordinary beverages are available from micro-breweries and distributors throughout the Midwest, along with food, coffees and desserts. All Hops & Props tickets include the "World Import Room Experience," featuring unique beverages from around the world, and live music throughout the evening.

"While Hops & Props has become an extremely popular event for attendees and the food and drink exhibitors alike, the fun festivities all support EAA's efforts to supply free community programs through the year," said Elissa Lines, EAA's vice president of donor and business relations. "EAA can reach more people in the Fox Valley with museum programs and activities through the support of those who join us on this one-of-a-kind evening. It is definitely a fun evening with a greater purpose."

Hops & Props offers an opportunity to meet master brewers and understand the distinguishing characteristics of ales, lagers, and hybrid or mixed styles of beers. Attendees can learn about the brewing process and history, and become a discerning beverage taster.

Tickets for the event are limited and are $60 each ($55 for EAA members). They can be purchased through EAA's secure website at www.eaa.org/hops&props or at EAA AirVenture Museum. Attendees must be 21 or older.

As in past years, Hops & Props also offers the VIP Pre-Event Dining Experience and Beer Pairings as an added attraction. In 2012, the VIP event is hosted by New Glarus Brewing founder and president Deborah Carey, who will highlight outstanding beers to match specialty foods prepared by chef Mike Buckarma of Becket's restaurant in Oshkosh. Tickets for the VIP event are $100 each, which include admission to the entire Hops & Props evening.

More information regarding Hops & Props is also available at the website or by calling 800-236-1025.

Also supporting EAA's Hops & Props are Charter Communications, WVBO 103.9 Radio, The Wolf 99.5 FM Radio, WOSH NewsTalk 1490 AM Radio, Time Warner Cable, Oshkosh Northwestern, Oshkosh Community Media Services, Festival Foods, Serv-Ice, Mineral Spring Water; Becket's Restaurant, and Fratello's.

About EAA
EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 170,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Images from previous Hops & Props events are available at EAA's FTP website:
http://media.eaa.org    Username: eaamedia    Password: airventure2012

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