Earlier this month, my wife and I were invited to a Pints for Prostates event at Rockfish Grill in Durham. A group of local upcoming breweries banded together to offer a tasting of their beers for the event, and to simply refer to the day as incredible wouldn’t quite do it justice.
Casks for a Cure 2 was able to raise a substantial donation for the cause and it allowed the fine folks of North Carolina a taste of the best craft beers in North Carolina. We tasted offerings from Four Saints Brewing Company, Sub Noir Brewing Company, Steel String Brewery, Deep River Brewing Company, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, and Fortnight Brewing Company.
Each brewery offered up a different style, which was refreshing… and from the chatter in the crowd, it was appreciated. I encourage each and every one of you to keep your eyes peeled for any events that these breweries may be involved with. Go out, meet the folks that are pouring their time and talents into crafting beer and hoping to make a difference in each of their respective communities.
It was refreshing to see a great turnout for the Casks for a Cure event. I came across Zane, a sticker enthusiast that was enjoying the day out with his parents.
With giveaways, hammers, stickers, and beer… who wouldn’t be excited?
And while it was a great day out, the goal was to raise funds and awareness for a cause. A founding member of Fortnight Brewing Company had lost his father just the day before. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind only lung cancer. One man in 6 will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 1 in 36 will die of this disease.
Just before we left for the day, I was approached by a gentleman who looked like he had something on his mind. I’m not sure what made him step forward and introduce himself, but he noticed my camera and asked if I wanted to get a great photo. I just hope he wasn’t let down. Among the crowd was a prostate cancer survivor… proudly displaying his support bracelet.
We talked for a few minutes about his experience, the importance of early detection, and just how wonderful it was to see the local support for the cause.
The rest of the photos from the event are available here.