The Oktoberfest for a Cure celebration takes place from Aug. 26 to Oct. 22 and includes more than 20 special rare beer tastings, appearances at festivals, events at breweries and retailers from San Francisco to Boston, and a nine night trip to the Czech Republic and Germany that culminates at the original Oktoberfest in Munich.
“September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the fall is also a time when a great many beer festivals take place. It is the perfect time to reach men through the universal language of beer,” said Rick Lyke, a drinks journalist and prostate cancer survivor. Lyke founded Pints for Prostates in 2008 after successful prostate cancer surgery. The group urges men to get regular prostate health screenings.
Oktoberfest for a Cure prostate cancer awareness events have been made possible by generous grants from Dendreon Corp., Rogue Ales and the Oregon Brewers Festival. Support has also been provided by BeerTrips.com, Brewer’s Best and All About Beer Magazine, along with venue operators, brewers and partner organizations.
The preliminary schedule for Pints for Prostates Oktoberfest for a Cure includes:
■Aug. 26-27 and Sept. 1-30: Prescott Brewing Co., Prescott. Ariz. Mobile testing unit at two locations in Prescott. Prescott Brewing will also offer a commemorative Pints for Prostates glass during September.
■Aug. 27 from Noon to 8 p.m.: Midwest Brewers Fest, Plainfield, Ill.
■Sept. 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Pints for Prostates at the Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery in High Point, N.C., with the High Point Regional Health System. The first 100 guests receive a special pint glass.
■Sept. 7 from 6-8 p.m.: Pints for Prostates at Pyramid Alehouse, Walnut Creek, Calif. Presented by Diablo Valley Oncology and Pacific Urology. For more information visit http://www.diablovalleyoncology.md/
■Sept. 9-19: Pints for Prostates European Beer Tour with stops in Prague, Bamberg and Munich for Oktoberfest. www.BeerTrips.com for more details.
■Sept. 9 from 6-9 p.m.: Pints for Prostates Los Angeles Jazz Tasting at the Sheraton Four Points, 9750 Airport Blvd. Tickets are $30 and include beer and wine samples, hors d’œuvres and live jazz. Tickets are available at www.pintsforprostates.org.
■Sept. 9 from 6-11 p.m.: San Diego Professionals Against Cancer 17th Annual Festival of Beer at Columbia and B Streets, San Diego, Calif.
■Sept. 10 from 4-8 p.m.: Brewpalooza, Hyde Park Village, Tampa, Fla.
■Sept. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Oktoberfest for a Cure Arlington Toast with Zero, at Champps Americana Pentagon Row, 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Va. Tickets are $25 and available at www.pintsforprostates.org
■Sept. 24 from 1-4p.m.: San Diego County Beer Fair at the Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza, San Diego, Calif.
■Sept. 29 to Oct. 1: Great American Beer Festival, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colo.
■Sept. 30 from 1-4 p.m.: Denver Rare Beer Tasting III, presented by All About Beer Magazine at the Wynkoop Brewery, Denver, Colo.
■Oct. 5 from 6-10 p.m.: VBGB Oktoberfest for a Cure Cornhole Tournament at VBGB, 920 Hamilton St., Charlotte, N.C. Includes first Charlotte tapping of Highland PSA Pilsner.
■Oct. 6 from 6-9 p.m.: Baltimore Beer Opening Tap Celebration at the Rams Head in Baltimore, Md., $30 includes beer samples, finger food and live music.
■Oct. 8 from Noon-10 p.m.: World Beer Festival, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
■Oct. 11 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Harpoon Cares Oktoberfest for a Cure, Harpoon Brewery Tasting Room, 306 Northern Ave., Boston, Mass. Tickets are available at www.pintsforprostates.org.
■Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m.: Johnny Malloy’s Medina at 1038 North Court, Medina, Ohio, part of Cleveland Beer Week.
■Oct. 18 from 6-9 p.m.: Johnny Malloy’s Chapel Hill at 1954 Buchhozer, Akron, Ohio, part of Cleveland Beer Week.
■Oct. 19 from 6-9 p.m.: Johnny Malloy’s Strongsville, 15323 Pearl Road, Strongsville, Ohio, part of Cleveland Beer Week.
■Oct. 22 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Piedmont Brewer’s Cup homebrewing competition at Big Boss Brewery, 1249 Wicker Dr., Raleigh, N.C.
Additional Pints for Prostates Oktoberfest for a Cure events are expected to be scheduled in the coming weeks. A complete listing of events is available at www.pintsforprostates.org.
“Oktoberfest for a Cure is an opportunity for the beer community to come together over a critical health issue. Men are 33 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than women are to have breast cancer. The sad fact is that men are about 30 years behind women in advocating for their health,” said Lyke, who was 47 years old at the time his cancer was detected during a routine physical exam. He did not have any symptoms or family history of the disease. “According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer claimed the lives of more than 33,700 American men in 2011. The fact is most of these deaths could have been prevented with regular prostate health screenings.”
About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 a campaign that 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 health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 240,890 new prostate cancer cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2011. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates)