Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Will drink for charity: Hopheads bike 1,400 miles to raise awareness about prostate cancer
Sip suds and support the cause in Dallas and Fort Worth this week.
Hopeful Texas athletes need hopheads across the Southwest to drink for a cause this week as they bike 1,400 miles from Austin to Denver.
The event, called 1400 Miles, aims to raise awareness about prostate cancer through a community ride and a series of beer events along the way. “The Beerliner,” a 1974 bus refurbished with four keg taps and a commercial kitchen, will accompany riders throughout the journey, which ultimately ends at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on October 10.
“This whole trip and whole mission is to get people talking about prostate cancer,” said Tony Drewry, official Beerliner driver and independent craft consultant from Fort Worth. “Guys don’t want to talk about that, but they’ll talk about bikes and beer, so why not roll it into one event?”
1400 Miles kicks off Tuesday in Austin, and the Beerliner stops through North Texas the two days following. Fundraising events are at Zio Carlo Magnolia Brewpub in Fort Worth on Wednesday at Community Beer Company in Dallas on Thursday.
In Fort Worth, patrons will be asked to pay a donation per beer. In Dallas, a $50 ticket buys an evening’s worth of beer and food, which will be curated and cooked by the Grape chef Danyele McPherson in the Beerliner kitchen. Beer will also be available for purchase by the glass. Drewry said the Beerliner will be collecting and serving rare brews along the the trip.
One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Pints for Prostates, a national non-profit founded by a prostate cancer survivor, Drewry said. According Pints for Prostates, one in six men develop this kind of cancer, and approximately 30,000 die from the disease each year.
Davis Tucker, owner of North by Northwest brewpub and Red's Porch restaurant in Austin, organized the event after his friend and brewmaster, Don Thompson, was diagnosed with the disease. Tucker will be riding his bike the entire 1,400-mile journey, and it will be the subject of a forthcoming documentary by the same name.
Those interested in participating in the ride pay $50 per day to bike 100 miles. Bikers will not be stopping through Dallas or Fort Worth; they will travel from Austin to Lubbock through East Texas. For more information, see the 1400 Miles website and Facebook page.
1400 Miles Beerliner and community ride stops:
- September 24 — Austin Beerworks (Austin, TX) 6:30-9 p.m.
- September 25 — SiNaCa Studios/Zio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub (Fort Worth) 7-10 p.m.
- September 26 — Community Beer Company (Dallas) 5-10 p.m.
- September 27 — Yellow House Canyon Brew Works (Lubbock) 7-10 p.m.
- September 30 — Marble Brewery (Albuquerque, N.M.) 5-9 p.m.
- October 3 — Ska Brewing (Durango, Colo.) 5-8 p.m.
- October 5 — Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs, Colo.) 2-9 p.m.
- October 7 — Upslope Brewing Company, Lee Hill Location (Boulder, Colo.) 2-10 p.m.
- October 8 — Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) 5-9 p.m.
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