Posts Tagged ‘pints for prostates’

GABF: Friday fight against cancer beer events

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Friday is always an awesome day at GABF. The session isn’t until 5:30pm which leaves a day full of freedom to check out the many breweries in the Denver area, participate in other events, sight-see in the Denver area or just relax.

Last year was the first year for the Pints for Prostates Rare Beer Tasting, which was back in full force with some amazing rare beers. It’s also a great chance for people to meet some of the brew masters who are typically present to pour their beers. This year was no different as brewing big wigs Garrett Oliver, Adam Avery, Larry Sidor, Greg Koch, Greg Hall, Sam Calagione, Ron Jeffries, Patrick Rue and more were in attendance! There was excellent food, awesome beers and every penny raised went towards the fight against prostate cancer.

I attended the night session only briefly before adjourning to let the craziness go forth, grab a bite to eat and head to Falling Rock for the Pints for Prostates Celebration of Collaborations, which included only beers that were collaborations between breweries. It too was attended by some stars including Tomme Arthur and once again, some amazing beers were thoroughly enjoyed.

One of the highlights of the day was a new event which took place in the morning called the “Beer for Boobs Brunch”, a fundraiser for breast cancer. The event was organized by Stevie Caldarola, a New York native who also recently created the “Ladies of Craft Beer“. The group is designed to encourage women to teach women about craft beer, from brewing to cooking to food pairing and to share the gospel of craft beer with other ladies who aren’t yet converts.

The event was a huge success and Stevie was gracious enough to give us insight into her inspiration for the group and how excited she is to be at her first GABF.

Pints for Prostates LA Beer Fest

Monday, June 21st, 2010

There’s a certain feeling of satisfaction when something you’ve been working very hard on is finally completed and goes well. I am now enjoying that feeling because for the past 5 months, I have been busting my butt organizing a Pints for Prostates beer fest/fundraiser for Los Angeles. And when I say busting my butt, I mean it. Putting on a charity beer event is not easy. I won’t go into all the details but suffice it to say that it’s one of the hardest things I’ve done and the stress level, especially in the final week, is crazy!

Overall, I’m very happy with how the event went on Saturday and everyone that attended had a great time. We had some awesome beers there, great music from The Firkins and I cannot say enough about Mr Pockets Sports Bar and the staff and how much they helped to make sure it was a great event. We raised money for prostate cancer research and hopefully made a few more men aware of the dangers of prostate cancer and that was the whole point.

Here’s the roll call and a few pictures for those who participated. I am immensely thankful for all of these breweries/brewpubs and the people that work for them!

Allagash Brewing
Ballast Point
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery
Craftsman Brewing
Firestone Walker
Franziskaner Weissbier Brewery
Green Flash Brewing
Lagunitus Brewing
Lost Coast Brewing
Maui Brewing Co.
New Belgium
Sierra Nevada
Spaten Brewery
Stone Brewing
Telegraph Brewing
The Bruery
Wolf Creek Brewery & Restaurant
Blue Palms Brewhouse
Library Alehouse

Filming an episode of New Brew Thursday for Pints for Prostates

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Most of you know the New Brew Thursday gang of John, Stephen and Brad and have probably seen some of their episodes. They’re big beer geeks and love to travel around and talk to different beer people and enjoy a variety of brews much like myself.

And like the craft beer community of brewers and brewpubs, we also like to support each other’s endeavors to bring other beer people entertainment and information about the craft beers they love. It’s actually really cool when different beer shows give each other props because ultimately we want to support craft beer.

So last night, after filming the new segments at Stone, I headed to the top secret filming location of New Brew Thursday to shoot their newest episode on the Pints for Prostates event that I have worked very hard to organize. The charity is an important one because of how dangerous prostate cancer is to men and this event is a great way for men to learn more about the dangers of prostate cancer and also enjoy some great craft beers.

I didn’t know completely what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. John’s girlfriend Evie had worked hard to learn and prepare a prostate healthy meal of pork loin, kale and potatoes in a pomegranate sauce which is a prostate healthy food. The guys decided to pair it with The Bruery’s Hottenroth Berleiner Weiss and instead of the commonly used raspberry, Evie made a pomegranate reduction sauce for the beer which was most excellent! So big thanks to Evie for the delicious food!

The shoot went very well. We talked about Destination Beer Show and prostate cancer, the great food and the very good beer. And after we finished, more beers were enjoyed, tweeting was happening and there was much rejoicing.

The episode is slated to air next Thursday June 10th, just nine days before the LA Pints for Prostates event. Make sure to tune in!

And if you are in the LA/Orange County area, buy your tickets to the event soon! There are only 250 tickets available. They are only $45 for unlimited tastings and there will be some amazing beers there! Click here to buy your ticket now.

Pints for Prostates LA Beer Festival

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Finally!! I have been wanting to announce the Pints for Prostates LA event for awhile and it has now reached the point where I can do so.

I initially got the idea for doing this event when I attended the Rare Beer Tasting in Denver at the GABF last year and had a chance to speak with the Pints For Prostates founder, Rick Lyke. Rick is a craft beer writer and homebrewer and had successful prostate cancer surgery in 2008. After his surgery, he was inspired to spread the message about the dangers of prostate cancer and do so through “the universal language of beer.” There have been many events all over the U.S. and it’s time for LA to step up to the plate and host an event.

The date for the event is June 19th, the day before Father’s Day, a day when people will obviously be thinking about the men in their lives. It will be held at Mr Pockets Sports Bar in Manhattan Beach, from 1pm-5pm. Tickets are $45 for a 5oz taster glass to be filled with over 20 craft breweries from around the world and a Woodford Reserve sample. There will also be food served from 1-3pm.

You can buy your tickets at Don’t wait, only 250 tickets will be sold!

Check out the Facebook event page for a list of breweries that will be pouring at the event. See you there!