Just four days after saying the 2017 Funkatorium Invitational would “go on as planned,” Wicked Weed Brewing has changed the date of the event and announced that it has “reimagined festival.”
It will still be held in Asheville, N.C., but it will now take place on Sept. 17, more than a month later than the original July 8 date. The event ran into trouble last week after it was announced Wicked Weed was acquired by AB InBev. Since then, over 50 of the 74 breweries scheduled to attend the event pulled out of the Invitational.
“This year, it has become clear that we can no longer host the festival with the original vision in mind,” reads a post on Wicked Weed’s Facebook page. “We respect the decisions of those who have decided to no longer attend, and we understand that the impact of bringing this community together is more important than Wicked Weed.”
According to Wicked Weed, 100 percent of profits from the Invitational will be donated to Asheville’s Eblen Charities, “a charity that works to assist Asheville’s underprivileged community by providing needs including but not limited to healthcare, energy, emergency assistance, and housing.”
An email sent to Wicked Weed was not immediately returned.