After several years of life-impacting suffering, Hernández was diagnosed with Lupus in 2014. Rather than simply be a victim, he decided to invoke the strength of San Diego’s renowned brewing community to make a positive difference for people living with Lupus. “Most people have heard about Lupus or know someone who suffers from it, but few know anything beyond the name of this autoimmune disease—what it is, its effect on those who have it or the fact that it is severely under-researched,” says Hernández. “It affects a large number of people in the U.S., yet there isn’t even a test to determine whether someone has Lupus, nor are there Lupus-specific drugs to help people live with this lifelong condition. This needs to change and, thanks to the compassion, energy and generosity of the craft breweries participating in Beer to the Rescue, 2015 holds a great deal of promise for those so ably assisted by the LFSC and the positive initiatives the agency is integrally involved with.”
The following is a list of the brewing companies participating in the Beer to the Rescue campaign. Most will produce beers, while others with more limited brewing capacity will take part in various other ways such as donations, special events and making the LFSC a featured charity at their public venues.
32 North Brewing Co., Miramar
AleSmith Brewing Co., Miramar
Amplified Ale Works, Pacific Beach
Aztec Brewery, Vista
Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Little Italy
Benchmark Brewing Co., Grantville
Bolt Brewery, La Mesa
Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado
Council Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa
Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa
Intergalactic Brewing Co., Miramar
Iron Fist Brewing Co., Vista
Lightning Brewery, Poway
Mike Hess Brewing Co., North Park
Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, East Village
Mother Earth Brew Co., Vista
New English Brewing Co., Sorrento Valley
Nickel Beer Co., Julian
Pizza Port, Solana Beach
Port Brewing Co. / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept, San Marcos
Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
Societe Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
Toolbox Brewing Co., Vista
URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon
The first beer to be released as part of the Beer to the Rescue campaign will be Hildegard, a triple India pale ale (IPA) lent to the cause by Benchmark Brewing Company. The beer will debut during a release event at the company’s tasting room (6190 Fairmount Avenue, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92120) beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. LFSC representatives will be on-hand to speak with patrons and the beer will be served in a commemorative glass guests may take home with them.
Other upcoming beers include a Belgian-style quadrupel from Nickel Beer Co., a dry-hopped Belgian-style table beer brewed with rhubarb from Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, and an imperial milk stout infused with chocolate, orange and spicy chilies from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.
Information about future beers and their availability as well as Beer for the Cure events will be posted on the campaign’s Facebook page and via its Twitter account (@BeerToTheRescue). The LFSC and participating breweries will also post information about beers and events on their websites and social media accounts. Beers are scheduled to release one-or-two per month through December, with at least three breweries releasing beers during the month of May in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.
Interview opportunities with participating brewers, venues, campaign personnel and representatives from the Lupus Foundation of Southern California are available. Numerous venues are open to beer-tasting and live broadcast segments upon request.
Brandon HernándezSabrina LopiccoloHollaine Hopkins
Campaign FounderPublic RelationsExecutive Director
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