By: Marty Nachel

 

Craft Beer—Medical Emissary

According to Rick Lyke, creator of Pints for Prostates, one of their events that could not be possible without the steadfast support of the brewers is the highly touted Rare Beer Tasting held in Denver each Fall (it’s scheduled to coincide with the Great American Beer Festival). Essentially, some of America’s most respected breweries generously donate their rarest and most exotic beers to help support the cause of early testing and detection for prostate cancer. Some examples include Sam Adams Kosmic Mother Funk, Alaskan Brewing Smoked Porter ‘99, Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars Grand Reserve, Nebraska Brewing Attack of the 50 Foot Brunette, Weyerbacher Idiot’s Drool, and Sierra Nevada Brewing 30th Anniversary Rum Barrel-Aged Fritz and Ken’s Stout.

At this event, Rick can often be seen rubbing elbows with the likes of Jim Koch (Boston Beer Company), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head Brewery), Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewing Co.), and the occasional drop-in celebrity like actor George Wendt (Norm on Cheers!).

In all, 91 breweries have taken part in this event over the past six years. Tickets to this exclusive affair are not inexpensive ($100+), yet they sell out every year (the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII will be held on September 25, 2015; tickets go on sale on June 21, 2015).

In addition to unique events like this one, Pints for Prostates has also teamed up with BeerTrips.com for the past four years to host an Ultimate European Beer Tour. For the fifth consecutive year Rick will be leading a group of beer lovers on a tour of Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic. The nine night excursion includes stops in Brussels, Cologne, Bamberg and Prague, and it will feature beer tastings, guided pub crawls, brewery tours, special beer and food pairing dinners, as well as tours of famous castles and monasteries.

This tour is scheduled for October 8-18, 2015. You can either guarantee yourself a ticket by paying the $2995 (plus airfare) tab out-of-pocket, or you can try your luck at winning your ticket. As part of the BeerTrips.com partnership, Pints for Prostates will raffle a trip for two for the special tour: $10 donation for a single ticket, $25 donation for three tickets or $50 for seven tickets.

Throughout it all, what keeps Rick going and what drives his organization is the positive effect it’s having and the heartening feedback they receive. Many guys over the years have come back to tell them that they essentially their lives have been saved Pints for Prostates encouraging them to go in for a checkup.

Maybe now when you drink your IPA or ESB, you’ll keep your PSA in mind, too.