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Sunday, July 06, 2014

Beer Naming Contest Gives Chance to Win a Free 6-Month Membership to The Rare Beer Club


Lake Forest, CA – The Rare Beer Club™ is collaborating with Fullsteam Brewery in

Durham, NC to create this year’s Pints for Prostates/Rare Beer Club™ exclusive beer.  Pints for Prostates raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing through the universal language of beer and has been working together with The Rare Beer Club™ and U.S. craft breweries for the last five years creating inventive and exciting beers to help communicate their mission statement. 

The beer will be featured in the club in September 2014, coinciding with National Prostate Cancer Awareness month and will be named exclusively by the public, as anyone can submit names for the beers on the official contest page.
 
Fullsteam wants this special beer to truly celebrate their "plow-to-pint" mission, highlighting the diversity and beauty of North Carolina. To that end, they’ve crafted a Spruce Pine Gose, a piney, tart, and slightly salty beer, incorporating ingredients from the North Carolina mountains (spruce pine tips), Piedmont (winter wheat), and coast (Outer Banks sea salt).  Contestants are encouraged to visit the brewery’s website to view other beer names to note the current voice and naming conventions used by the brewery. 

Entering the Contest

Although the new beer will only be available to members of The Rare Beer Club™, both members and non-members are invited to enter the contest, and submit up to three entry names for the new beer.  The contest officially begins on July 3rd, 2014.  Entrants will have until Friday, July 11th at 2 pm PST to submit up to three names.  Finalists will be chosen by The Rare Beer Club™, Pints for Prostates and Fullsteam at which time contestants, club members and the general public can vote for their favorite name.  The contest winner will be announced on Monday July 21st.

 
To receive these special beers, join the Rare Beer Club™ online or call 800-625-8238 and be sure to start your membership by September, 2014 or earlier. 


About The Rare Beer Club™ and The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club™:
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club™ offers four different options for consumers. From the very inception of our original domestic beer of the month club in 1994, we've focused on consistently providing three primary product characteristics: Quality, Variety & Freshness. And in that spirit, we now offer you four outstanding beer club options, each dedicated to those same principles. Our owner's favorite club, The Rare Beer Club™, features the finest the world of beer has to offer in limited-release, celebratory, artisanal beers from some of Michael Jackson's favorite breweries. Two different selections are presented each month in 750 ml bottles, often cork finished, and some individually tissue wrapped. Members experience bold U.S. and imported interpretations of Farmhouse Ales, Russian Imperial Stouts, Barley Wines, Belgian Abbey Ales, varied Imperial, Extreme, Strong Ale and Grand Cru offerings, oak-aged ales imparting bourbon and vanilla notes, and much more. Many selections are pushing the envelope of creativity, are not yet distributed in the U.S., and brewed such that they can be cellared and aged. More information is available at www.beermonthclub.com.

 About Fullsteam Brewery
Fullsteam is a Durham, North Carolina production brewery and tavern inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South. Their mission is to pioneer the art of Distinctly Southern Beer, brewing traditional and experimental beers with a Southern sensibility, often incorporating local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and seasonal botanicals.  More information is available at http://www.fullsteam.ag/.

 About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 240,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Partial Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI

                                                                               

DENVER, CO – A partial list of 32 brewers that have committed to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI has been released by Pints for Prostates.

The prostate cancer awareness event will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from more than 40 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.

“We are excited by the support of a terrific list of breweries that are reaching deep into their beer cellars for prized brews to pour at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “The craft beer community is stepping up to help us reach men through the universal language of beer.”

Brewers who have already committed to beer at the event include:
  • Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, Alaska
  • Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine
  • Avery Brewing, Boulder, Colo.
  • Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont.
  • Boston Beer, Boston, Mass.
  • The Bruery, Placentia, Calif.
  • Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore.
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
  • Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Ore.
  • Elysian Brewing, Seattle, Wash.
  • Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.
  • Full Sail Brewing, Portland, Ore.
  • Fullsteam Brewing, Durham, N.C.
  • Grand Teton Brewery, Victor, Idaho
  • Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colo.
  • Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin, Texas
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, Mich.
  • Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho
  • The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, Calif.
  • Nebraska Brewing, Papillion, Neb.
  • New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.
  • NXNW Restaurant & Brewery, Austin, Texas
  • Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo.
  • River North Brewery, Denver, Colo.
  • Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, Calif.
  • Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.
  • Thirsty Dog Brewing, Akron, Ohio
  • Tröegs Brewing, Hershey, Pa.
  • Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, Pa.
  • Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C.

Breweries bring some of their rarest brews to the event.  The beer list for the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI will be released prior to the event. A list of beers poured during the first five years is available on the Pints for Prostates website.

Tickets for the event are on sale now.  A very limited number of $150 VIP tickets allowing early entry to the event at Noon remain. General admission tickets are $110 each for the 1-4 p.m. event.  Each attendee receives a commemorative tasting glass, t-shirt, program and pen. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price and guests will have the chance to bid in an exciting silent auction that includes a variety of unique beer experiences and collectibles. The first five Denver Rare Beer Tastings sold out weeks in advance. The event will be held this year on two floors of the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax Ave.

All ticket holders to this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting will be entered into a drawing for a 9-night BeerTrips.com organized tour for two of Belgium, the Czech Republic and Germany. VIP ticket holders will receive three raffle tickets and general admission ticket holders will receive one ticket. Anyone wearing a Pints for Prostates t-shirt or hat to the event will receive another free entry for the drawing. Additional tickets will be available for a donation. The winner will be drawn during the event from tickets collected exclusively at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. The winner and a guest will travel to Brussels, Prague, Bamberg and Cologne from Oct. 8-18, 2015. The trip includes roundtrip airfare from the continental U.S., 9 nights hotel, ground transportation, brewery tours, pub crawls, guided city tours, 9 breakfasts, 4 beer lunches and 4 beer dinners.

“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is an annual celebration of beer passion. Beer fans get to taste a collection of beers that most people never have the chance to enjoy, while rubbing elbows with the talented brewers,” said Lyke.  “It is a fun afternoon and a great atmosphere, with a serious mission: raising awareness about prostate cancer.”

Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity and all net proceeds from Denver Rare Beer Tasting go towards the group’s awareness mission and help to fund the education and support programs of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, and free prostates cancer screening programs provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council.

Sponsorship packages are available for companies that wish to support and take part in the event.

About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 240,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).

Monday, June 16, 2014

Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Scheduled for August 16


SEATTLE – DRAFT Magazine is presenting the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting to benefit Pints for Prostates on Aug. 16. The event featuring a collection of two dozen artisan beers and food will be held in two sessions at the Pike Brewing Beer Garden on a roof top with a magnificent view of Puget Sound.

 

Beer from some of America’s leading craft brewers along with selected classic imported brews will be poured at the outdoor event accompanied by food prepared by the chefs at the Pike Pub and Brewery and specialty cheese from the Pacific Northwest. The two sessions, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., will each be limited to 140 guests.

 

 “Seattle is the perfect place to celebrate artisan beer and its inter-relationship with great food,” said Evan Hughes, publisher of DRAFT Magazine. “We are proud to partner with Pints for Prostates to produce this fundraiser and help them reach men through the universal language of beer.”

 

Invitations have been extended to a dozen brewers and importers to take part in the event. So far AleSmith Brewing of San Diego, Calif.; Big Sky Brewing of Missoula, Mont.; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Del.; Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Laughing Dog Brewing of Ponderay, Idaho; Merchant Du Vin of Seattle, Wash.; Pike Brewery of Seattle, Wash.; Rogue Ales of Newport, Ore.; Schooner Exact Brewing of Seattle, Wash.; and Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, Calif., have confirmed they will attend.

 

“The Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting is going to be an intimate celebration of beer craftsmanship that will help raise funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign,” said Rick Lyke, a beer journalist who founded Pints for Prostates following successful prostate cancer surgery in 2008. “We are bringing together some of the best beers in the world in a unique setting that a small group of beer enthusiasts will get the chance to enjoy.”

 

Tickets for the event are $65 with a $5 service fee online via ETIX. Tickets include unlimited beer samples, a commemorative tasting glass and food samples in an unforgettable setting overlooking Puget Sound.  The event is being held at the Pike Brewery Beer Garden, on the roof of 84 Union St. (at the Post Alley) in Seattle adjacent to the historic Pike Place Market. Funds raised by Pints for Prostates help to support the group’s awareness mission, as well as funding free men’s health screenings provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council and support groups organized by the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network.

 

About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 240,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).

 

About DRAFT Magazine

DRAFT Magazine brings you the latest in beer and the life that pairs with it. From epicurean interests and world travel to sports and entertainment, DRAFT Magazine is a 360- degree view of the beer enthusiast’s lifestyle presented through a multi-media platform. Visit www.draftmag.com

Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Tickets Now On Sale


DENVER, CO -- The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI, an awareness event and fundraiser for the Pints for Prostates campaign, will be held on Oct. 3 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival.

 

The event features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from more than 40 of America’s top craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.

 

Tickets for the event go on sale on Father’s Day, June 15, at Noon (ET).  VIP tickets for the event are $150 and allow early entry to the event at Noon. General admission tickets are $110 each for the 1-4 p.m. event.

 

“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting has built a reputation as a truly unique boutique-style tasting,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “We bring together America’s best craft breweries in a relaxed format where brewers and beer lovers get the chance to talk and taste one of the finest collections of rare beers to be found anywhere.”

 

 

Each attendee receives a commemorative tasting glass, t-shirt, program and pen. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price and guests will have the chance to bid in an exciting silent auction that includes a variety of unique beer experiences and collectibles.

 

All ticket holders to this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting will be entered into a drawing for a 9-night BeerTrips.com organized tour for two of Belgium, the Czech Republic and Germany. VIP ticket holders will receive three raffle tickets and general admission ticket holders will receive one ticket. Anyone wearing a Pints for Prostates t-shirt or hat to the event will receive another free entry for the drawing. Additional tickets will be available for a donation at the event. The winner will be drawn during the event from tickets collected exclusively at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. The winner and a guest will travel to Brussels, Prague, Bamberg and Cologne from Oct. 8-18, 2015. The trip includes roundtrip airfare from the continental U.S., 9 nights hotel, ground transportation, brewery tours, pub crawls, guided city tours, 9 breakfasts, 4 beer lunches and 4 beer dinners.

 

Tickets to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting are among the most sought after of any beer tasting. The first five Denver Rare Beer Tastings sold out weeks in advance. The event will be held this year on two floors of the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax Ave. in Denver.

 

“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting has become one of the most anticipated annual beer celebrations. Beer fans get to taste a collection of beers that most people never have the chance to enjoy, while rubbing elbows with brewers,” said Lyke.  “It is a fun afternoon and a great atmosphere, with a serious mission: raising awareness about prostate cancer.”

 

Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity and all net proceeds from Denver Rare Beer Tasting go towards the group’s awareness mission and help to fund the education and support programs of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, and free prostates cancer screening programs provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council.

 

Invitations are being extended to a select group of breweries and event organizers hope to be able to announce a preliminary participant list during July. Breweries bring some of their rarest brews to the event and the beer list will be released prior to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI. A list of beers poured during the first five years is available on the Pints for Prostates website.

 

Sponsorship packages are available for companies that wish to support and take part in the event.

 

About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 240,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).

                                                                                       

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Partial Beer List Released for Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers


Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostates have announced a partial list of beers that invited breweries plan to pour at Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers.

“We appreciate the great breweries that have committed to supply beer for this event and help us reach men through the universal language of beer,” said Rick Lyke, Founder of Pints for Prostates. “This will be one of the best selections of wild and sour beers to be found in a single event in the southeast during 2014.” 

  • 4 Hands Brewing, St. Louis, Mo., Cuvee Ange, Cuvee Diable and Passion Fruit Prussia Berliner Weisse.
  • 7venth Sun Brewing, Dunedin, Fla., TBD.
  • Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine, Mattina Rossa and Golden Brett.
  • Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, Calif., The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose.
  • Avery Brewing, Boulder, Colo., Rufus Corvus.
  • Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City, Mo., Saison-Brett and Love Child No. 4.
  • Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore., TBD.
  • Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla., Illuminating the Path.
  • Crooked Stave Brewing, Denver, Colo., Vielle Artisanal Saison, St. Bretta Winter and St. Bretta Spring.
  • Fonta Flora Brewery, Morganton, N.C., Vestige Bloom.
  • Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fla., TBD.
  • Green Man Brewing, Asheville, N.C., Flanders-style Brown Ale.
  • Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Saxpahaw, N.C., Joke & Dagger and Rusted Plow Farmhouse Saison.
  • Mystery Brewing, Hillsborough, N.C., TBD.
  • Natty Greene’s Brewing, Greensboro, N.C., American Sour, Oude Kriek, Sorghum Lambic, Sake Lambic, Sorachi Brett Belgo IPA, Farmhouse Surette and Meerts Lambic.
  • New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo., TBD.
  • Oskar Blues Brewing, Brevard, N.C., MILF (Mama I’d Lacto Ferment).
  • Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo., La Bohème.
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Baltimore, Md., Premium and Gose Gone Wild.
  • Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., Stone Tiger Cub Saison aged in Red Wine Barrels and Stone Cali Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels.
  • Trophy Brewing, Raleigh, N.C., Loner Berliner Weisse and Rose Gose.
  • Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C., 2013 Serenity, Oblivion Sour Red, Genesis, Black Angel, Bretticent, Passiflora Blanc, Divergence, Le Peche Blanc, Indulgence, Medora, Amorous and 2013 Vigilance.
  • Wrecking Bar, Atlanta, Ga., Flanders Red and Hibiscus Gose.
  • Yazoo Brewing, Nashville, Tenn., 2014 Brett Saison.

 
The event will be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave. The event is part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM and will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-aged sour beers to the city.

 
“We are excited to use Funk Asheville to introduce our new Funkitorium to Asheville,” said Walt Dickinson, Head of Brewing and Wood Cellar Manager at Wicked Weed Brewing. “Our barrel aging facility will have a tasting room that will be open to the public. Funk Asheville will be the first event we will hold at the Funkitorium.”

 
Tickets for Funk Asheville are $80 with a $5 service charge via Etix. VIP tickets for the event have already sold out. The event includes beer samples, food provided by Wicked Weed, music, art and the opportunity to hang with the brewers. A silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be held featuring unique beer experiences and collectible items.

 
Sour and wild beers embrace a wide range of historic brewing styles still popular today in Belgium, France and Germany, including lambic, Flanders red, gose, gueuze, Berliner weisse and saison. The use wild yeasts like, Brettanomyces, and bacteria, like Lactobacillus, add varying degrees of sour notes to the beer, which are often enhanced through barrel aging and bottle conditioning. American craft brewers have expanded the range of these beers to develop distinctive sour and Brett-style beers.

 
Funk Asheville is another reason for beer lovers to visit Asheville. It helps to anchor the final weekend of Asheville Beer Week with the Beer City Festival, making this one of the most exciting two days in craft beer in the United States.

 About Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, N.C., based brewpub that consistently hosts 20+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is striving towards becoming the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern U.S. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for 100% Brettanomyces Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. In addition to Serenity, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Most recently, Wicked Weed began small scale statewide distribution of kegs as well as bottles of barrel aged sour beers to major metropolitans in North Carolina. Learn more at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

 About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of prostate health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 233,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

 

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Partial Brewery List Released for Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers


  May 30 Benefit for Pints for Prostates is Presented by Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed Brewing and Pints for Prostates have announced a partial list of breweries scheduled to pour beers at Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers.

The 20 breweries that have committed to be at the event include: Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine; Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville, Calif.; Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City, Mo.; Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla.; Crooked Stave Brewing, Denver, Colo.; Fonta Flora Brewery, Morganton, N.C.; Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Green Man Brewing, Asheville, N.C.; Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Saxpahaw, N.C.; Mystery Brewing, Hillsborough, N.C.; Natty Greene’s Brewing, Greensboro, N.C.; New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.; Oskar Blues Brewing, Brevard, N.C.; Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo.; Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Baltimore, Md.; Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.; Trophy Brewing, Raleigh, N.C.;  Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C.; Wrecking Bar, Atlanta, Ga.; and Yazoo Brewing, Nashville, Tenn.

The event will be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave. The event is part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM and will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-aged sour beers to the city.

Tickets for Funk Asheville are $80 with a $5 service charge via Etix. A very limited number VIP tickets offering one hour advance entry remain for Funk Asheville at $100 with a $5 service charge. The event includes beer samples, food provided by Wicked Weed, music, art and the opportunity to hang with the brewers.  A total of 500 tickets will be sold to the public for the event, which will be held on the eve of the popular Beer City Festival.  A silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be held featuring unique beer experiences and collectible items.

Sour and wild beers embrace a wide range of historic brewing styles still popular today in Belgium, France and Germany, including lambic, Flanders red, gose, gueuze, Berliner weisse and saison. The use wild yeasts like, Brettanomyces, and bacteria, like Lactobacillus, add varying degrees of sour notes to the beer, which are often enhanced through barrel aging and bottle conditioning.  American craft brewers have expanded the range of these beers to develop distinctive sour and Brett-style beers.

Funk Asheville is another reason for beer lovers to visit Asheville. It helps to anchor the final weekend of Asheville Beer Week with the Beer City Festival, making this one of the most exciting two days in craft beer in the United States.

About Wicked Weed Brewing
Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, N.C., based brewpub that consistently hosts 20+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is striving towards becoming the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern U.S. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for 100% Brettanomyces Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. In addition to Serenity, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Most recently, Wicked Weed began small scale statewide distribution of kegs as well as bottles of barrel aged sour beers to major metropolitans in North Carolina. Learn more at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of prostate health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 233,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers Scheduled for May 30, 2014


ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Wicked Weed Brewing is partnering with Pints for Prostates to launch Funk Asheville: A Gathering of Wild & Sour Beers to be held May 30 from 7-10 p.m. as part of the 3rd Annual Asheville Beer WeekTM.  The event will bring some of America’s top brewers of barrel-aged sour beers to Asheville and will create an experience beyond just a beer festival.

 Funk Asheville will be held in downtown Asheville at the Wicked Weed Funkitorium, a new 12,000-square-foot barrel aging facility located at 147 Coxe Ave., just a 3 blocks from the brewery. This will be the first event at the newly-remodeled facility. In addition to barrel-aged, sour and wild beers, Funk Asheville will feature unique entertainment and an art installation, celebrating all things funky in Asheville.

 “Sour or wild beers have become the cutting edge of American craft beer.  Sours have really caught the attention of beer fans and some of America’s best up and coming craft brewers are doing incredible things with the style,” said Walt Dickinson, Head of Brewing and Wood Cellar Manager at Wicked Weed Brewing. “Funk Asheville gives people in the southeast a chance to see what the best and brightest brewers are doing with American sour and wild beers.”

 Tickets for Funk Asheville are $80 with a $5 service charge and go on sale on April 15 at Noon via Etix. A total of 500 tickets will be sold to the public for the event, which will be held on the eve of the popular Beer City Festival.  VIP tickets for Funk Asheville are $100 with a $5 service charge, and will provide access to guests for an hour preview including food provided by Wicked Weed, music, and the opportunity to hang with the brewers.  As part of the event, a silent auction benefiting Pints for Prostates will be held featuring unique beer experiences and collectible items.

“Our mission is to reach men through the universal language of beer and this is the second year in a row that Pints for Prostates will host an Asheville Beer Week event,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “Our message to men is simple: Get tested. Live longer. Drink more beer.”

 Invitations to brewers to pour wild and sour beers at Funk Asheville have been issued and commitments are starting to arrive. A complete list of breweries and beers expected at the event will be announced shortly, however we have a preliminary list of confirmed breweries including New Belgium, Perennial, Green Man, Trophy, Yazoo, Natty Greene’s, Oskar Blues, & Green Bench.

Sour and wild beers embrace a wide range of historic brewing styles still popular today in Belgium, France and Germany, including lambic, Flanders red, gose, gueuze, Berliner weisse and saison. The use wild yeasts like, Brettanomyces, and bacteria, like Lactobacillus, add varying degrees of sour notes to the beer, which are often enhanced through barrel aging and bottle onditioning.  American craft brewers have expanded the range of these beers to develop distinctive sour and Brett-style beers.

Funk Asheville is another reason for beer lovers to visit Asheville. It helps to anchor the final weekend of Asheville Beer Week with the Beer City Festival, making this one of the most exciting two days in craft beer in the United States.

 About Wicked Weed Brewing

Wicked Weed Brewing is an Asheville, N.C., based brewpub that consistently hosts 20+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel aged sour beers. Opened in December 2012, Wicked Weed is striving towards becoming the largest producer of barrel aged beers in the Southeastern U.S. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for 100% Brettanomyces Serenity Farmhouse Ale in 2013. In addition to Serenity, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hopburglar Blood Orange IPA, Dark Age Bourbon Stout and Black Angel Cherry Sour. Most recently, Wicked Weed began small scale statewide distribution of kegs as well as bottles of barrel aged sour beers to major metropolitans in North Carolina. Learn more at www.wickedweedbrewing.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WickedWeedBrewing.

 About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of prostate health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 233,000 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year and 29,480 will die from prostate cancer. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

Saturday, September 21, 2013

NoDa Brewing Tart Attack to be Released by Rare Beer of the Month Club™ to Support Pints for Prostates


NoDa Brewing Co. of Charlotte, N.C., and The Rare Beer of the Month Club™, which ships unique craft beers nationwide, are teaming up on a special limited release beer to benefit the Pints for Prostates campaign.

NoDa Tart Attack is being brewed exclusively to create awareness and support the mission of Pints for Prostates, which uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message.

“NoDa Brewing is proud to be partnering with Pints for Prostates and excited to be making Tart Attack, which is the first time we’ve made a Berliner Weisse on our production system,” said Todd Ford, Co-Owner at NoDa Brewing. “Pints for Prostates has done so much in bringing awareness of what prostate cancer is and the importance of screening and testing. I have no doubt they’ve saved many lives over the past five years and will continue to do so in the future.”

The limited edition beer features the Pints for Prostates logo on its label, which includes the blue ribbon to remind people of the ongoing search for a cure to prostate cancer, a leading cause of death among American men. A donation from every 750 milliliter bottle of Tart Attack sold will be made to Pints for Prostates.

According to NoDa Brewing Head Brewer Chad Henderson, Tart Attack is a Berliner Weisse style beer brewed with blackberries. The 4.2 percent alcohol by volume beer achieves its tart and dry sourness from an old brewing method, sour mashing. This brewing method involves steeping the grain after the initial sacchrification rest at a lower temperature and adding additional grains. The lactobacillus on the newly added grain are right at home in the new temperature and begin to consume sugars and give off the classic tart Lacto sour character. We allow this rest to take place for several days before boiling and adding only a small amount of hops to the boil. After fermentation begins we add our blackberries and let the fermentation take off. The result is a complex sour ale that is both clean and refreshing and layered with notes of sour lemon, wheat, and both the tart and sweet aspects of blackberries.

“This is a rare beer that will help us reach men with an important message. Pints for Prostates wants men to take charge of their health and get screened for prostate cancer,” said Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor who founded Pints for Prostates after successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. “NoDa Brewing and The Rare Beer Club™ teaming up for this project will help get our message to men who need to hear it.”

“This is the fourth year The Rare Beer Club™ has partnered with Pints for Prostates and our members really look forward to a unique beer each year, largely distributed exclusively through the club. NoDa is a respected new brewery having earned a Silver Medal at its first Great American Beer Festival in 2012, so this beer will sell out quickly,” said President Kris Calef. “We’ll donate $1 for every bottle sold and include a Pints for Prostates coaster in each October shipment to remind our members to get tested. A little education and early detection goes a long way to save lives.”
There are only two ways for beer lovers to try the limited batch of NoDa Tart Attack:
  • Join The Rare Beer Club online or call 800-625-8238 and be sure to start your membership in October or earlier. The ordering deadline for October is 10-15-12.
  • Visit NoDa Brewing’s tasting room at 2229 North Davidson St. in Charlotte on Nov. 3 from 4-7 p.m. when the brewery will release the beer and host a Pints for Prostates awareness event.
According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer will claim the lives of nearly 30,000 men in the U.S. during 2013. Prostates cancer is 33 percent more common in men than breast cancer is in women, yet few men know they should get a prostate health screening at age 40.The NoDa Tart Attack release is part of the Pints for Prostates Oktoberfest for a Cure observance that is taking place from August through October.

About NoDa Brewing
NoDa Brewing Company currently has five year-round beers and multiple seasonal offerings available on-tap at local bars and restaurants and the brewery tap room. Its on-site tap room sells beer by the glass and take-home growlers, and provides brewery tours as well as hosts special events. Look and ask for Noda on tap at your local restaurant and bar. For more, visit www.NoDaBrewing.com.

About The Rare Beer Club™
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club™ offers four different options for consumers. From the very inception of our original domestic beer of the month club in 1994, we’ve focused on consistently providing three primary product characteristics: Quality, Variety & Freshness. And in that spirit, we now offer you four outstanding beer club options, each dedicated to those same principles. Our owner’s favorite club features the finest the world of beer has to offer in limited-release, celebratory, artisanal beers from some of Michael Jackson’s favorite breweries. Two different selections are presented each month in 750 ml bottles, often cork finished, and some individually tissue wrapped. Members experience bold U.S. and imported interpretations of Farmhouse Ales, Russian Imperial Stouts, Barley Wines, Belgian Abbey Ales, varied Imperial, Extreme, Strong Ale and Grand Cru offerings, oak-aged ales imparting bourbon and vanilla notes, and much more. Many selections are pushing the envelope of creativity, are not yet distributed in the U.S., and brewed such that they can be cellared and aged.

About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 a campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 240,890 new prostate cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2011. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).