1.6 Million Bottle Caps for a Cure: Pints for Prostates

23 August 2016

imageFrom Pints For Prostates:

Charlotte, N.C. – Pints for Prostates is partnering with more than 40 craft brewers across the United States on a program designed to start conversations about men’s health when guys get together to relax and enjoy a beer.

Pints for Prostates Crowns for a Cure is distributing more than 1.6 million bottle caps – known in the beverage trade as crowns – to craft brewers around the country to use on beer they package for distribution during September, which is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The crowns feature the Pints for Prostates logo on the outside, with messages under the caps designed to encourage men to learn more about the importance of regular health screenings.

“We are partnering with some great breweries to put a reminder in the hands of men to take charge of their health,” said Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor who started Pints for Prostates in 2008 after successful treatment for the disease. “After a successful trial of the program in 2015, we know these bottle caps will start thousands of conversations & encourage guys to talk with their doctors about scheduling health screenings.”

Each brewery taking part in the program is receiving a shipment of between 10,000 to 50,000 Pints for Prostates crowns. The brewers from 26 states will use the caps in bottling runs and distribute the beer to retail accounts during September.

Pints for Prostates 2016 Crowns for a Cure participating breweries include:

  • Abita Brewing, Covington, La.;
  • Alamo Beer Co., San Antonio, Texas
  • AleSmith Brewery, San Diego, Calif.
  • Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, La.
  • Bell’s Brewing, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont.
  • Boston Beer, Boston, Mass.
  • Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Choc Beer, Krebs, Okla.
  • Coronado Brewing, Coronado, Calif.
  • Devil's Backbone Brewing, Lexington, Va.
  • DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore, Md.
  • Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Ore.
  • Flying Fish Brewing, Somerdale, N.J.
  • Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Great Basin Brewing, Reno, Nev.
  • Heavy Seas Brewing, Baltimore, Md.
  • Hoppin' Frog Brewing, Akron, Ohio
  • Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho
  • Lazy Magnolia Brewing, Kiln, Miss.
  • Middle Ages Brewing, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Mill Stream Brewing, Amana, Iowa
  • MKE Brewing, Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, N.C.
  • New Holland Brewing, Holland, Mich.
  • NXNW Restaurant and Brewery, Austin, Texas
  • Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, N.C.
  • Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Penn Brewery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Pike Brewing, Seattle, Wash.
  • RJ Rockers Brewing, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.
  • Saint Arnold Brewing, Houston, Texas
  • Schlafly Beer, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Smuttynose Brewing, Hampton, N.H.
  • Summit Brewing, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Thirsty Dog Brewing, Akron, Ohio
  • Toppling Goliath Brewing, Decorah, Iowa
  • Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Victory Brewing, Downington, Pa.
  • Wormtown Brewing, Worcester, Mass.

“The craft beer community has been incredibly supportive of the Pints for Prostates mission & generously assisted us in getting our message to millions of men over the last eight years,” Lyke said. “If Pints for Prostates Crowns for as Cure reaches just one guy who benefits from a prostate health screening, then the effort will be a huge success.”

Beer drinkers who spot Pints for Prostates crowns are encouraged to help spread the word by tagging photos on social media with #CrownsforaCure and @pints4prostates, along with the brewery name and location where the bottle caps were found.

Homebrewers who want to take part in Crowns for a Cure can do so by ordering bottle caps from Northern Brewer, which partnered with Pints for Prostates earlier this year on Homebrew Strong, an awareness building effort which includes a special brewing kit.

Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity and funds raised by the group go towards its awareness mission and help to fund the education and support programs of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, and free prostates cancer screening programs provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council.

Fomr Flying Fish:

Somerdale, N.J. – Pints for Prostates is partnering with Flying Fish Brewing Co. and more than 40 craft brewers across the United States on a program designed to start conversations about men’s health when guys get together to relax and enjoy a beer.

Pints for Prostates Crowns for a Cure is distributing more than 1.6 million bottle caps – known in the beverage trade as crowns – to craft brewers around the country to use on beer they package for distribution during September, which is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The crowns feature the Pints for Prostates logo on the outside, with messages under the caps designed to encourage men to learn more about the importance of regular health screenings.

"We thought this was a great opportunity to bring attention to an important men's health issue," said Gene Muller, Flying Fish Founder and President.  Crowns will appear on bottles of OktoberFish, which just started shipping and will be available throughout September.

"As the only New Jersey brewery represented in this project, we're proud to join fellow brewers of all sizes around the nation to help get the word out," Muller added.

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