It’s not often that you can justify your drinking by claiming that it’s for charity, but on Sunday April 7th, you’ll be able to do just that at the second annual “Beer 4 Boobs,” a unique event bringing a group of passionate local brewers together to help fight breast cancer.
As with last year, the event will feature an ample selection of specialty and one-off beers brewed especially for the occasion. Unlike last year, however, this year’s festivities have expanded to included not one but two evenings in two different cities so as to better showcase the selection of beer offerings from the likes of Amsterdam Brewing Co., Black Oak, Mill Street, Oast House, Railway City, Beyond the Pale, Camerons, Niagara College, The Ship, Grand River, Bellwoods, Silversmith, Trafalgar, Indie Ale House, Cheshire Valley, Granite and more.
Brewers have donated their time and their brewing systems to collaborate on beers that will be served exclusively at the “Beer 4 Boobs” events, the first taking place at The Rhino here in Toronto on Sunday April 7th and the second taking place at The Casbah in Hamilton on Sunday April 14th.
Kaitlin Vandenbosch, co-founder of Beer 4 Boobs, explained that the expansion to two venues is largely a result of the reception of last year’s event. “Our first event at bar Volo was a huge success. This year we have been able to expand to include two locations and triple the amount of beer at each event due the enormous support from the brewing community in Toronto and across South-Western Ontario.”
The event costs $25 to attend ($45 for two) and includes a commemorative glass and one beer ticket. Extra beer tickets are just $3 each. Proceeds from the Toronto event will be donated to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s PYNK program, the first of its kind in Canada to address the special clinical, psychological, research, and educational needs of younger women with breast cancer. Meanwhile proceeds from the Hamilton event will go to Breast Cancer Support Services, an organization that provides comfort and support to women and families living with breast cancer in the Greater Hamilton and Halton regions.
The Toronto “Beer 4 Boobs” event at The Rhino will run from 2pm – 8pm on Sunday April 7, 2013, however, readers of Ben’s Beer Blog are being offered an opportunity to win free VIP admittance to Brewer’s Hour–exclusive early entry to the event to hobnob with the brewers and, more importantly, jump the line-ups for all those unique beers brewed just for the occasion.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know why raising money for breast cancer awareness is important to you. The event organizers will pick their favourite comment and I’ll notify you by email if you’re the winner.