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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Brewery List Released for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI


Tickets Now on Sale for Oct. 3 Pints for Prostates Awareness Event

DENVER, CO – A final list of 50 brewers 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 50 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 committed to attend the event include:
 
Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, Alaska
 
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego, Calif.
 
Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine
 
Avery Brewing, Boulder, Colo.
 
Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont.
 
Boston Beer, Boston, Mass.
 
Breckenridge Brewery, Breckenridge, Colo.*
 
The Bruery, Placentia, Calif.
 
Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore.
 
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
 
Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Ore.*
 
Elevation Beer, Poncha Springs, Colo.
 
Elysian Brewing, Seattle, Wash.
 
Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Santa Barbara, Calif.*
 
Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.
 
Fremont Brewing, Seattle, Wash.*
 
Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Ore.
 
Fullsteam Brewing, Durham, N.C.*
 
AC Golden Brewing, Golden, Colo.
 
Grand Teton Brewery, Victor, Idaho*
 
Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colo.
 
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego, Calif.*
 
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, Colo.*
 
Harpoon Brewery, Boston, Mass.
 
Hogshead Brewery, Denver, Colo.*
 
Holy City Brewing, Charleston, S.C.*
 
Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin, Texas
 
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, Mich.
 
Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho
 
Laughing Sun Brewing, Bismarck, N.D.*
 
The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, Calif.
 
Maui Brewing, Lahaina, Hawaii*
 
Nebraska Brewing, Papillion, Neb.
 
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.
 
NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.
 
NXNW Restaurant & Brewery, Austin, Texas*
 
Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.
 
Oskar Blues Brewing, Lyons, Colo.
 
Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo.
 
Prairie Artisan Ales, Krebs, Ok.
 
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.
 
Union Craft Brewery, Baltimore, Md.*
 
Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, Pa.
 
Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C.
 
Wormtown Brewing, Worcester, Mass.*
 
(* Indicates first appearance at Denver Rare Beer Tasting.) 
 
Breweries bring some of their rarest brews to the annual tasting.  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.  VIP tickets for the event are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $110 each for the 1-4 p.m. tasting.  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 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 few people have the opportunity 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).


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting Brewery and Beer List Released

SEATTLE – The brewery and beer list for the inaugural Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting on Aug. 16 has been released. The Pints for Prostates benefit event featuring a collection of more than 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.
 
Presented by DRAFT Magazine  and sponsored by Dendreon, the Seattle-based biotechnology company that targets cancer, the event features 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. The two sessions on Aug. 16, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., will each be limited to 140 guests.
 
Fourteen brewers and importers will be pouring a unique collection of beers at the event. The brewery and beer list includes:
 
  • AleSmith Brewing of San Diego, Calif., 2013 Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout and AleSmith Anvil ESB;
  • Big Sky Brewing of Missoula, Mont., Barrel-Aged Power Wagon Wheat Wine and Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout;
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Del., 90 Minute IPA and 2012 Red & White;
  • Double Mountain Brewery, Hood River, Ore., LuLu Saison, Sacre Bleu Belgian Dubbel and Double Mountain IRA;
  • Elysian Brewing, Seattle, Wash., Night Owl Pumpkin Ale and Space Dust IPA;
  • Global Beer Network, Middleton, Mass., Gulden Draak and St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition Kriek;
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales of Dexter, Mich., Luciérnaga and Parcela;
  • Laughing Dog Brewing of Ponderay, Idaho, Summer Peach Sour and Trippel Squared;
  • Merchant Du Vin of Seattle, Wash., Samuel Smith’s Organic Apricot Ale, Lindemans Cuvee Rene Gueuze Lambic and Brasserie du Bocq Saison 1858;
  • Pike Brewery of Seattle, Wash., Pike Entire Wood Aged Stout and Pike Double Hopulus IPA;
  • Rogue Ales of Newport, Ore., Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA and Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch;
  • Schooner Exact Brewing of Seattle, Wash., Dark Raspberry Sour Ale and 2014 Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter;
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, Calif., Rain Check Spiced Stout and Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale;
  • Unibroue of Chambly, Quebec, La Fin du Monde and Blanche de Chambly.
“The Seattle Artisan Beer Tasting celebrates beer craftsmanship and helps 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 great beer and food in a unique setting to reach men with a critical message about the importance of prostate cancer screenings and paying attention to their health.”

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).


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).