Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Craft Brewing Event Raises Funds for Parkinson's‏

From Carla Otredosky, Marketing Coordinator, Empyream Brewing Company:

Lincoln Brewers Collaborate, Event Raises Funds for Parkinson’s

LINCOLN, NE--Five local craft beer brands joined together to host a unique event to celebrate the history of craft beer, and to raise funds for a local charity.

Titled “Lincoln Brewer’s Fest,” the event was held on Saturday, June 29th at the Bourbon Theatre in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. The event centered around the screening of the film, "Beer Hunter" a documentary about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist, Michael Jackson. His 1993 Discovery Channel television series, “The Beer Hunter,” inspired countless brewers and beer enthusiasts, and helped shape the course of the craft brewing revolution sweeping the world.

Tickets were sold to the public, each admission included a commemorative Belgian tulip beer glass, two drafts of beer prior to the film, a beer intermission, and concluded with a two-hour tasting of unique and rare brews from Lincoln’s craft breweries.

Participating breweries included Empyrean Brewing Co., Blue Blood Brewing, Modern Monks Forbidden Ales, Ploughshare Brewing Co. and Zipline Brewing Co.

Once the proceeds from the event were tallied, their efforts raised $1,000 for the Lincoln Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.

Jim Engelbart of Empyrean Brewing Co. commented, “We believe it’s a great story when local businesses come together to support local causes, like Parkinson’s.”

James Carr, facilitator from the Parkinson’s support group met with the breweries to accept the donation. “This is unexpected, absolutely wonderful news. We are very grateful to the Lincoln Brewer’s Fest,” Carr said.

The Lincoln Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is an organization open to people with Parkinson’s Disease, their families and their caregivers. Participating in a support group is an excellent way to reduce the fear, isolation and depression of coping with Parkinson’s Disease.

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