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Friday, July 23, 2010

Chicago Gourmet Beer Tasting Brings Pints for Prostates to the Windy City on Aug. 21

Pints for Prostates, a campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with a critical health message, will host the Chicago Gourmet Beer Tasting on Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams St.

The event, featuring more than 30 imported and domestic craft beers and food, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network. The Downers Grove-based non-profit organization runs more than 325 support groups across the U.S. and internationally that assist men battling prostate cancer and their families. The group’s website, www.ustoo.org, is recognized as a premier source of information for men diagnosed with the disease.

Tickets for the Chicago Gourmet Beer Tasting are $50 and available by calling Us TOO International at 800-808-7866 or visiting www.pintsforprostates.org.

Among the beers that will be available at the event will be brews from Affligem, Rogue Ales, Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Abita, Oxfordshire, Leinenkugel, Harpoon, Southern Tier, Samuel Adams, Berghoff and Gordon Biersch.

Pints for Prostates is a grassroots effort founded in 2008 by a prostate cancer survivor that reaches men through the universal language of beer with an important health message. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 218,000 new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, which is 25,000 more than the number of expected new cases of breast cancer. Sadly, more than 32,000 American men will die from the disease this year.

“Pints for Prostates is excited to bring our campaign to Chicago,” said Rick Lyke, a 49-year-old Charlotte, N.C., marketing executive and drinks journalist who had successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008. “Every week 4,000 men in the U.S. hear the words ‘you have prostate cancer.’ The key for these guys is detecting the disease in its early stages when treatment is nearly 100 percent successful. Pints for Prostates mission is to encourage guys to get an annual physical and have a PSA blood test. Us TOO International provides critical information to men that face this disease and we’re proud to support the organization with the Chicago Gourmet Beer Tasting.”

The Berghoff Restaurant will provide a classic atmosphere for the event. All of the net proceeds from the Chicago Gourmet Beer Tasting will support the mission of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, a 501(c)3 charity founded in 1990 that works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer and their families. Supporters of the event include Reyes Holdings/Chicago Beverage Systems, The Berghoff Restaurant, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant and Rogue Ales.

“The Chicago Gourmet Beer Tasting is part of our patient education symposium and 20th anniversary celebration taking place in the Chicago area from Aug. 20-21,” said Tom Kirk, President of Us TOO International. “We want to bring focus to the advancements that are being made in detecting and treating prostate cancer, as well as challenging men to take charge of their health. Regular prostate health screenings and PSA blood tests save lives. Men need to hear this message and make an appointment to see their doctor.”

More information about the Us TOO International symposium and 20th anniversary events can be found at www.ustoo.org/2010symposium.

About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates, a campaign that uses the universal language of beer to encourage men to take charge of their health, was founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates)

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