DENVER, CO – The 12th annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting will take place virtually the weekend of Sept. 25-27 featuring a live online event, remote brewery beer releases and an auction to raise funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign.
Tickets for the Denver Rare Beer Tasting XII: Distanced Yet Together are $60 and now on sale. Tickets include a commemorative tasting glass and t-shirt shipped to your home; a code to download the app to attend the three day online event; access to watch all of the content post event for up to a year; and special VIP status for next year’s in person Denver Rare Beer Tasting on Oct. 8, 2021 in Colorado. While the ticket price does not include beer, beer fans can find special release brews at various locations that benefit the Pints for Prostates campaign.
Craft breweries are planning special beer release events across the country as part of the weekend. These include:
- August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, MN, Starkeller Peach
- The Ale Apothecary, Bend, OR, TBD
- Burns Family Artisan Ales, Denver, CO, Prince Of Lichtenstein Oenobeer Imperial Amber Ale
- Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA, 2019 Baltic Porter
- Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA, This Is A Dramatization (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout), Like Sunshine (Gin Barrel Aged Pilsner) and Dripping, Soaking IPA (Wet Cascade IPA)
- Crane Brewing, Raytown, MO, Beet Weiss
- Crank Arm Brewing, Raleigh, NC, Fullsteam/NoDa Collaboration
- Departed Soles Brewing, Jersey City, NJ, Bacon Maple Black is Beautiful Gluten Free
- Flying Fish Brewing, Somerdale, NJ, Barrel-Aged Exit 3 Blueberry Braggot
- Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, NC, Crank Arm/NoDa Collaboration
- Funky Buddha Brewing, Oakland Park, FL, Coquito
- Garden Path Fermentation, Burlington, WA, The Whole Sum Parts.
- Gigantic Brewing, Portland, OR, TBD
- Great Divide Brewing, Denver, CO
- Joyride Brewing, Edgewater, CO, Barrel Aged Coconut Baltic Porter
- NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, NC, Crank Arm/Fullsteam Collaboration
- Olde Hickory Brewing, Hickory, NC, Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
- Ozark Beer, Rogers, AR, Ozark BDCS 2020
- Prison City Pub & Brewery, Auburn, NY, Escape from Alca’razz
- River North Brewery, Denver, CO, Barrel Aged Mr. Sandman variants, Maple Bourbon, Fruited Bourbon and Coconut Bourbon
- Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe, NM, Prostator Smoked Doppelbock
- Stereo Brewing, Placentia, CA, TBD
- Stoup Brewing, Seattle, WA, TBD Barrel Aged
- Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis, IN, King’s Reserve
- Verboten Brewing, Loveland, CO, Double Vanilla Speck of Light
- Von Seitz Theorecticales, Smithville, TN, Deputy Blueberry, a collaboration with Evil Twin Brewery brewed for cancelled Blaeber Day celebration at Himmeriget in Copenhagen
- Weathered Souls Brewing, San Antonio, TX, TBD Collaboration
- Westfax Brewing, Lakewood, CO, TBD Barrel Aged and Passion Fruit Sour
- Wild Minds Ales, Minneapolis, MN, Marzen (2020)
- Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery Newberg, OR, Jersey Devil
- Wormtown Patriots Landing, Foxboro, MA, Port Barrel Aged Decade Dance
Beer fans should check for social media and website announcements by these breweries to get information about beer release specifics. You do not need a Denver Rare Beer Tasting ticket to buy beer at one of the special brewery releases. If you are unable to make it to one of these locations, through a partnership with The Rare Beer Club, beer fans can order a special beer created by Garden Path Fermentation in Washington exclusively for Pints for Prostates, The Whole Sum Parts. The beer is a “Skagitonian Montage” hoppy blended amber ale made from four base brews.
COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of scores of beer festivals. The theme for this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting is “Distanced Yet Together,” recognizing that while the in-person celebration of beer passion cannot take place, brewers and beer fans can join to fight prostate cancer.
The prostate cancer awareness event traditionally is held during the Great American Beer Festival weekend. Because of the pandemic the event has shifted to a virtual format that still allows the brewing community to help reach men through the universal language of beer.
Yakima Chief Hops is an official sponsor of this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting. The100 percent grower-owned network of family hop farms traces its roots back to 1869. Yakima Chief’s mission is to connect family hop farms with the world’s finest brewers, with the goal of being a global hop supplier of choice, focused on sustainably produced, innovative hop products.
“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting was born out of adversity as a way of urging guys to take charge of their health. We’re devastated by the lives lost to COVID-19 and the economic damage suffered by craft breweries,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “We initially considered canceling this year’s event, but data emerging about the significant drop in diagnostic screening activity – as much as 80 percent fewer early warning tests are being conducted for various diseases – tells us the demand for the free men’s health events we sponsor will be significant during the next 12 months. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting has always been about raising awareness and the funds it generates have enabled us to provide free health tests to thousands of men over the years.”
The Denver Rare Beer Tasting XII will feature three engaging elements:
- A live online experience with more than 11 hours of content spread across three days, featuring panels on craft beer topics, meet and greets with brewing luminaries, virtual bottle shares and brewery produced videos.
- Brewery hosted beer release events at locations across the country. These socially distanced events will follow all local and state health and safety regulations. Breweries are producing special collaboration beers or releasing rare beers from their cellars, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Pints for Prostates.
- The Beer Lovers Online Auction, featuring a collection of bucket list beer experiences and impossible to find brewery collectibles.
Some additional breweries may join the event in the coming days. Sponsorship packages are available for companies that wish to take part and support the 501(c)3 charity.
“We launched this event in 2009 with the idea that the Denver Rare Beer Tasting would be a special experience for beer fans and brewers. After 11 straight sellouts we never expected to have to hold an online event,” said Lyke. “We’ve always worked to make the Denver Rare Beer Tasting one of the best craft beer events in the U.S. and our hope is this unique version will bring people together for a good cause — even at a distance.”
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.
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, brewery and pub events and on social media. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 191,930 new prostate cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2020 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).
This article originally appeared on craftbeer.com