05 May

Support for Joy – GoFundMe

This is a tough story to tell. I first learned Joy had breast cancer back in July of 2011. Muncie Girls’ Pint Out had formed the previous year and despite not having the opportunity to get to any tastings up there, I knew that the group had great activity and that made me happy. About a year later, after a couple emails to all of our chapter founders, Joy emailed me back letting me know she would have to step down as the leader of Muncie GPO. On top of the terrible news of cancer, both of her oncologists highly recommended she avoid beer – all of it. Even the terrible Bud/Coors/Miller swill. So of course, this struck a nerve with me. Now – facing skin cancer, a pretty terrible situation is turning worse.

Please take a moment and read the following. Maybe share it with a friend, donate if you can, or just be thankful for what you’ve got. Be happy, even when things are tough, it’ll make things a tiny bit easier.

This is my friend Joy. She needs our help. If you know Joy, you know why she deserves it. If you don’t, then read on:

When I first met Joy several years ago, I was struck by her one-of-a-kind personality. She’s the most genuine person I’ve ever met. She has an energy and zeal for life that I’ve never encountered in another person. Her willingness to live life in the moment without worrying about what is appropriate or what other people may think of her is truly unique. Spending time with her frequently brings thoughts of “I wish I were more like Joy.” 

A few weeks after I met Joy, I was shocked and sad to learn that she had been fighting breast cancer for quite some time. When she was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread too far to be curable. She’s been fighting her hardest to keep the cancer at bay through surgeries, innovative treatments, and incredibly healthy living. So far, it’s worked. 

As if one cancer weren’t enough, a few weeks ago, Joy learned that she also has skin cancer. It’s not the terrible type but man, isn’t one type of cancer enough? 

The story so far is sad and showcases life’s uncertainties, but it’s not something I’d typically start a campaign about. Joy is a fighter and has handled life’s challenges with remarkable grace, courage, and unflagging optimism. But here’s where the plot twist comes in and my need for justice grows too strong to ignore.

A few days after finding out she had skin cancer (in addition to her stage 4 breast cancer), Joy’s husband of 12 years (the man she had trusted would be by her side through the worst if her health issues took a bad turn) handed her a two-paragraph note one night when she got home from a long day at work (she’s a kickass mental health therapist). The note communicated simply and inelegantly, “I’m leaving you and moving in with my mistress.” Joy was stunned to say the least – she had not seen this coming at all. None of us had. The mistress was someone Joy had considered a friend for several years. Her husband’s actions since that day have been heartless and have left Joy in a difficult financial and emotional position with few good options. 

Joy is now in the process of figuring out her future. Of course she is doing this with the same authenticity, optimism, and zeal for life as always. It is difficult for Joy to pay for her substantial medical expenses. She has to move out of state to be near people who can commit to caring for her through her difficult health issues. Because she’s moving, she can’t take new clients at work and her source of income is dwindling while she needs it most. 

That’s where we come in. I’ve stood by the last few weeks, offering support when I could. I’ve had tearful conversations with family and friends about the cruelty of human beings. I’ve wondered if you can ever truly trust another person. I’ve feared that in the end all you really have is yourself. But that’s not true. I have to believe that no matter what happens, the goodness in people will always find a way. 

This is one way to practice hope and belief in good. My realistic hope is that we can raise enough money to give Joy a safety net until she finds somewhere good to land. I want her to be able to pay her current medical bills, continue receiving her life-saving treatments, and to be able to relocate to a safe place without the added stress of worrying about how to pay for it. 

Joy is a beautiful soul. If you know Joy, you know she deserves your help and you’re probably already getting out your wallet. If you don’t, I hope you’ll consider giving even a small amount – in honor of someone you know who is fighting a hard battle with cancer, in honor of someone who has survived or someone who has not, in honor of the goodness within yourself that wants to show the world that goodness is real and powerful. Please consider passing this on to others who may be interested in helping as well.

*All donations will go directly to Joy in support of her medical treatments and moving costs.* 

 

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11 Mar

A Challenge to Indianapolis Girls Pint Out

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STEADYSERV ONEPAGER NB_Page_1SteadyServ is the inventor of the iKeg™ system, which includes a mobile app that provides real-time information about your beer supply. The SteadyServ keg sensor collects and sends a host of information to users, including how much beer remains, the type and style of the beer in the keg, when it was delivered, when it was tapped, its age, and when the keg may run out. It sends this information to SteadyServ’s cloud-based software, where it is paired with other information, such as how much safety stock remains, the next delivery date, previous order information, past consumption trends, event information, beer consumption trends nearby, and even local weather forecasts which may impact patronage trends.

Last Saturday (March 8th),  SteadyServ hosted Girls Pint Out’s fourth birthday party.  At the party, SteadyServ issued a challenge to Indianapolis Girls Pint Out:

 

Goal: Provide 20 leads from bars, restaurants, taverns and taprooms in the Indianapolis metro area that SteadyServ will convert to customers. (Requirement:  Must have 8+ taps)

Deadline: Friday, May 9th

Rules:  Provide Michael Emrie at SteadyServ the name of the location and the name of the brilliant person you spoke with that immediately recognized the value that iKeg delivers to them and is eager to get started making more money from their beer.  You can do this several ways:

  • Email Michael at michael.emrie@steadyserv.com
  • Text him or call him at 317-696-4780
  • Tweet it! Something like ‘Another bar gets it! @BobsTapRoom (the place) @joebarmanager (the person) @memrie (Michael’s handle) #ikeg”   -Be sure to include the place, the person, Michael and the hashtag so we can track it.
  • Talk up iKeg. Send them to the website: Steadyserv.com. Tell them they will make more money from their beer, have fewer errors, managing their beverages will become easier than ever before and they will get back a lot of time they desperately need.
  • SteadyServ will take it from there and do the heavy lifting.  You just need to do what GPO girls do best –  exert our considerable influence!

 

Prize: BEER DINNER EXTRAVAGANZA

If SteadyServ locks down 20 locations courtesy of GPO, the beer dinner is on! If you deliver a lead that turns into an account, that is your key (plus one!) to the dinner, but we need to get to 20.  SteadyServ will be keeping a tally.  Whichever GPO girl gets the most retailers will get an extra special prize which will be highly coveted and that will be awarded at the dinner.  (A 20-way tie with 1 each doesn’t count by the way!).  SteadyServ will work with local distributors to identify fun and hard to find beers to incorporate at this one-of-a-kind dinner between May 12th and May 18th.

Ready…set…GO!

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22 Oct

Sin & Tonic: A Collaboration with New Belgium

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You know who’s awesome? The folks over at New Belgium Brewing who let one of our Co-Founders, Jenn Litz come in an brew a beer with them. It’s called Sin & Tonic and as you guessed, it’s a spin on Gin & Tonic. So, pretty cool, right? What’s better is that the guys at NBB agreed to let us simultaneously tap S&T in 8 different states. This is happening tomorrow! Find it in your area and have a pint with us. If you’re not able to make it, you can join in with us through our Google+ Hangout. New Belgium’s Co-Founder Kim Jordan will join us for a Q&A Segment and Jenn and I will be chatting with other chapters about the brew and GPO. We’ll be using the hashtag #SINwithGPO on Facebook and Twitter so you’re able to find us online.
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Denver, Colorado - 6:00 p.m. at Local 46 – 4586 Tennyson St. For further information please contact co@girlspintout.com

Grand Rapids, Michigan - 8:00 p.m. at HopCat – 25 Ionia Avenue SW #100. For further information please contact mi@girlspintout.com

Houston, Texas - 7:00 p.m. at The Flying Saucer – 705 Main St. For further information please contact tx@girlspintout.com

Indianapolis, Indiana - 8:00 p.m. at Mass Avenue Pub – 745 Massachusetts Ave. For further information please contact in@girlspintout.com

Minneapolis, Minnesota - 7:00 p.m. at Muddy Waters – 2933 Lyndale Ave South. For further info please contact mn@girlspintout.com

Raleigh, North Carolina - 7:00 p.m. at Tasty Beverage – 327 W. Davie Street. For further information please contact nc@girlspintout.com Tucson, Arizona - 5:00 p.m. at Tap & Bottle – 403 N 6th Ave. For further information please contact az@girlspintout.com

New York City, New York -6:30 p.m. at Alewife – 5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City. For info, please contact ny@girlspintout.com

 

A casual conversation between New Belgium Brewing and beer industry writer Jennifer Litz of Craft Business Daily has resulted in a rare, one-off beer based on the flavor profile of a classic gin & tonic cocktail. Made with quinine and lime, Litz and New Belgium’s collaborative “Sin & Tonic” will be simultaneously tapped at eight bars across the country on Wednesday, October 23, starting at 8:00 p.m. EST. Girls’ Pint Out, a group dedicated to fostering women’s appreciation of craft beer, will host the events and New Belgium CEO and co-founder Kim Jordan will join via live streaming video.

Jennifer Litz, who traveled to New Belgium to brew Sin & Tonic on the brewery’s 10-barrel pilot system, will also join the event online.

“New Belgium was one of the first craft breweries that blew my socks off with seriously quirky and innovative brews,” said Litz. “So when we started chatting about a collaboration beer, I knew they’d be up for something completely different – like a craft take on a gin & tonic. I think the end result really tastes a little like a gin & tonic and a lot like beer. It’s definitely different. And I hope it glows in the dark.”

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23 Sep

CANvitational (Giveaway!)

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eventlogoYou know what I love about Indianapolis? The innovators. The movers and shakers and people making things happen for Indy. Sun King Brewing is no exception. Their creativity with the beer they’re making never stops surprising me and  I’ve been looking forward to the inaugural CANvitational since early this summer when I first heard about it.

What is CANvitational?
Put simply, it’s a craft beer festival – for cans. Taking place Saturday, September 28th in Indianapolis, we’ll see over 30 craft breweries from across the country – many of which don’t currently distribute to Indianapolis. Why a craft beer CAN festival? A good question, but why not? More brewers are opting to can rather than bottle because of the benefits.

Cans are cheaper to produce and ultimately better for the environment, so why not celebrate it? Cans preserve the beer better than a glass bottle, which lets light in. They’re easier to move, ship and distribute and aluminum cools a beer down quicker than a bottle which means you get to drink it quicker!

Who’s going to be at CANvitational?
Showcasing 30+ craft brewers from across the country, CANvitational has some beer you probably haven’t been able to get in the Midwest, maybe even a few beers you haven’t heard of! Head on over to the CANvitational website for a rundown of the breweries who’ll be around Saturday, or check out their sites below.

Sun King Brewery Indianapolis, IN
21st Amendment Brewery San Francisco, CA
Arcadia Brewing Company Battle Creek, MI
Avery Brewing Company Boulder, CO
Baxter Brewing Co. Lewiston, ME
Blue Dog Mead Eugene, OR
Boston Beer Company Boston, MA
Brewery Vivant Grand Rapids, MI
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, NY
Cigar City Brewing Tampa, FL
DC Brau Washington, DC
Great Crescent Brewery Aurora, IN
Half Acre Beer Company Chicago, IL
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Lexington, KY
Marble Brewery Albuquerque, NM
Maui Brewing Lahaina, HI
Morgan Street Brewery St. Louis, MO
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, CO
Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, CO
Revolution Brewing Chicago, IL
SanTan Brewing Company Chandler, AZ
Schlafly Beer St. Louis, MO
Sierra Nevada Chico, CA
Sixpoint Brewery Brooklyn, NY
Ska Brewing Durango, CO
Sockeye Brewing Boise, ID
Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis, MN
Tallgrass Brewing Company Manhattan, KS
Tin Man Brewing Co. Evansville, IN
Two Brothers Brewing Company Warrenville, IL
West 6th Brewing Company Lexington, KY

Looking for a ticket? You can enter to win a set of General Admission tickets by telling us which beer you’re most looking forward to at CANvitational – just leave us a note here on our blog.. or snag your early entry or DD tickets through the links below. We’ll choose someone Wednesday evening and announce the lucky winner Thursday morning on our Facebook page (so make sure to get your mouse clikin’ and like our page!)

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The Sun King CANvitational will take place in the heart of the Midwest – Indianapolis, IN.  Located on Georgia Street, known for the Super Bowl XLVI festivities, and newly renovated Pan Am Plaza, the CANvitational is set to showcase 30+ craft breweries from around the county who CAN.
 

On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, the inaugural CANvitational will enlighten patrons to sample craft beer from award winning breweries from across the USA, enjoy local Indy eats provided by food trucks and music (DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson), in an urban downtown atmosphere.

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24 Jul

#BBC13, The Boston Guide

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This weekend is the Beer Bloggers Conference and I’m thrilled to have you all in my city for a few days. While the agenda is jam packed, I wanted to give you some other options of spots to hit while you’re in town. Whether you need late night snacks, something a stumble away from the hotel, or a cocktail to change it up a bit, we’ve got you covered. These are bars I frequent, with incredible staffs, menus, etc. I trust and love these recommendations.
Local folks may see a spot I forgot (ahem, anywhere with 50+ taps) but from my experience, it isn’t worth it. Feel free to name them in the comments though. :)

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Near the hotel, 15 minute walk, short ride on the T, etc:

Parish Cafe, @ParishCafe1: good beer list, great sandwiches.
Stoddard’s Food and Ale, @stoddardspub: casks! 5 of them.
jm Curley, @jmcurleybar: I can’t even talk about it. Go, drink the beer, have a cocktail, eat all of Sammy’s 7 specials. It is my happy place.
Silvertone, @SilvertoneBar: because sometimes I need a High Life and some Fernet. Some great locals available here (Bantam Cider, High & Mighty Beer of the Gods) as well as cocktails and the best mac and cheese in the city. Also my happy place.
Kinsale, @KinsaleBoston: Patrick, the bar manager, is a huge supporter of local brews. If you’re in town Thursday night, there’s a lil party happening - http://www.facebook.com/events/157689441081756/
Tip Tap Room, @PoesTipTapRoom: Chef Brian Poe is one of our favorites and this spot is INCREDIBLE.
Waterfront Cafe, @waterfrontcbg: I was lucky to meet Greg via twitter one day and learn about this spot. Wonderful bar food and a beer list with some brews you can’t find anywhere else. A hidden gem in the North End (if you go there, do NOT go to Mike’s for a cannoli, go to Modern. You’re welcome).
Saus, @saus_boston: While I try to steer clear of Faneuil Hall, this spot is worth the trip. Poutine AND beer? In.

 

A longer trip on the T, a quick cab ride, and totally worth it:

Deep Ellum, Lone Star Taco Bar, @ellumbarboston, @lonestartacobar: Conveniently located next to each other to make all your dreams come true. DE’s beer list is what dreams are made of, LSTB has the guacamole we dream of. Trust me, you’ll want to go to both spots hungry.
Bukowski Tavern, @bukscambridge, @bukowskiboston: Cambridge and Back Bay locations – both incredible, both with a book of beer options. Yup. A book.
Russell House Tavern and Park, @russellhousetav, @parkcambridge: Harvard Square is not far and if you’re there, these are the two stops you need to make. Both with incredible food and a changing beer list, featuring lots of locals. Cocktails (and beer cocktails!) are also really well done here.
Cambridge Common, @cambcommon: If you’re in Cambridge, you may as well hit this spot as well. Holy beer list.
*BONUS POINTS IN CAMBRIDGE: Trina Starlite Lounge (@trinastarlite) & Parlor Sports (@parlorsports). Maybe because I think of these two spots as my own living room but incredible drinks, beer, food, bartenders. You can’t go wrong if you make the trip over here – also, close to Bukowski’s! If you’re still in town Monday, Industry Brunch at Starlite is, well, the best time you’ll ever have on a Monday.*
Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar, @citizenpub: You’re in Boston, why aren’t you eating oysters? Go here immediately. I mean, I’ll probably be there. We did our Valentine’s Party here and the beer cocktails, well, I’m still asking for them 5 months later. Yum.
Eastern Standard, @eskdboston: I have to stop myself before I talk about ES for 3 paragraphs. This spot, this service, these people. They’re some of the best in the city. This is the mothership. You need to go. Ask for the reserve beer list. Late night menu goes up on the mirror behind the bar and sometimes include lobster mac and cheese. You’re welcome.

If you’re hungry at 2am, go to Chinatown. Dumpling House, Shojo, etc. I don’t think there is a spot to avoid, so choose your own adventure here. Also, stumbling distance to the hotel.

I’m sure I forgot something here. Again, these are my personal favorites. If I was giving you a personal tour, we’d hit all of these, plus a drug store to stock up on Advil for the next day. If you have any questions, give me a shout at @MAGirlsPintOut or find me at registration during #BBC13. Enjoy Boston!

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Okay, a couple more things. Want to buy beer near the hotel? Urban Grape is close by. Also, wake your behind up early and go on a tour at Fenway Park. You’ll thank me later.

 

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02 Jul

Team GPO, Running for Freedom…and Beer!

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Team GPO, informal running club of GPO, made its debut in the Boston running scene, this past May.  GPO ladies from MA and RI (and their gentleman supporters) tore up the asphalt at the Harpoon 5 Miler (May 19) and at ECBA Freedom 5K (May 26)  races.  For their job well done, GPO runners were rewarded with frosty post race pints from some of the areas best breweries, a post race dance off,  delectable treats and swag from race sponsors.
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Team GPO’s quests for good beer, good runs, and good times are never ending.
The team is lacing up again and joining forces with Night Shift Brewing for the upcoming VERT Series SASQUATCH Trail race on July 14, 2013. The Sasquatch race is a 2.35mi trail race through the Middlesex Fells Reservation, ending in a glorious post race celebration at Stone Zoo, sponsored by Night Shift Brewing, Pretty Things, Notch Brewing, and Slumbrew and of course, the legendary dance off.
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(we may bring our own cheerleaders, too.)
If you love good beer and are willing to run for it or  if you have fancy feet for the post race dance off, run with us on July 14! For details about the race and about how to sign up: http://www.vertraceseries.com/sasquatch/  When signing up on Racemenu, sign up under the team name:    Night Shift Brewing/GPO
We’ll have info up on our MA Girls’ Pint Out Facebook page for some weekly runs and other fun stuff, keep an eye out!
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(Non-running note, we’re doing a beer and cheese tasting at American Provisions on July 10th. Your ticket includes beers, cheese, and happiness. There will be a band in house, and an after-party where our friends at Local 149 and Privateer Rum will be mixing up an incredible beer cocktail. Cocktails on your own tab, high fives on us. Tickets and info here.) 

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23 May

Beer at Conner Prairie: Check out History on Tap

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U1W55R72QsT_aX5pSEp_x-khDL4fZtPw8xM34CdRQGI History on Tap is returning to Conner Prairie on May 31, 2013. The event is a celebration of craft brewing in Indiana: past, present, and future. This year, we expect well over 500 people to converge on the Conner Prairie grounds. The program  will feature over ten Indiana brewers, plus live brewing demonstrations, a panel discussion about beer in Indiana, music from North Carolina-based folk/country/bluegrass outfit Mandolin Orange, and more.

It’s hard to imagine asking the question “why another summer beer event” to beer enthusiasts, but this festival isn’t just about craft brewing. History on Tap is organized by the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, a group of young professionals associated with the park. Part of our mission is to bring people from our demographic to experience Conner Prairie as an adult. This experience is completely different than the one you likely had in the fourth grade.

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At History on Tap, part of the Conner Prairie grounds are open to attendees. The main attraction is Prairietown, a small village set in 1836. Conner Prairie staff—called interpreters—dress in period costume and interact with visitors as if Andrew Jackson is still President. But since History on Tap is a 21+ event, you may want to ask them questions that you might not normally offer if the kids were around.OK

If you are interested in history, science, learning, or just meeting other young professionals, the Horizon Council could be a great group for you. And at History on Tap, you’ll have the chance to not only meet the Horizon Council members, but even volunteer in exchange for a free VIP ticket. If you’re interested, contact Corrina Cohen (cm.cohen@att.net) to learn more.

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Doors for History on Tap open at 6:30PM on Friday, May 31. Register today athttp://www.connerprairie.org/historyontap. But hurry, because the event is already close to selling out and we’d love to see you there!

 

Robby Slaughter is the president of the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, and has never met an IPA he did not like.

 

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22 May

Rock ‘n’ Pint Recap – Black Acre Brewing Co.

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So, what happens when you gather 50+ people on a warm day in a brewpub? Good things happen, that’s what! I can’t say enough good things about the folks at Black Acre, and of course our new friends at Girls Rock! Indianapolis. Kristen(GRI) and Holly(Black Acre)were both so easy to work with, we had such a blast raising money for Girls Rock! Indianapolis and of course,

The idea was to not only raise awareness for Girls Rock but to also raise money for their summer camp and scholarships for the girls.  Girls Rock! Indianapolis is a non-profit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. They’re providing music education programs to allow girls the opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors.  Neat, huh?

We raised money, we raised pints, we had a blast catching up with old friends and making new ones so we’re really excited for the chance to do this again. Thanks to everyone who came to say hi, donated money and supported us!

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21 May

Indianapolis Tap ‘N’ Run – June 8th

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Tap ‘N’ Run Indianapolis!
June 8, 2013
5:00 PMLocation:
20 E. Georgia St.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

logo-FrontYep. Tap ‘N’ Run is back for another year. A silly 4k with 3 beer chug stations throughout the race and of course, a full beer when you finish. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, volunteer or run/drink last year, you’ll have to check out the gallery of images from Jonathan Roberts but nonetheless, this is one of the funnest events to kick off your summer. Check out the information below and get your mouse clickin’ all over this registration!

What is Tap ‘N’ Run?
Tap ‘N’ Run combines a ridiculous running race – a 4k with 3 beer chug stations* along the race course, a full beer at the Finish Line, crazy costumes, great times with friends, and unbelievable athleticism. JAM Active has teamed up with some rad bars in Indianapolis to create this awesome day of racing and community enjoyment! (*chug stations = 5-6 oz. of beer per)In addition to being a part of an awesome and unique racing experience, all participants will receive a sweet Finisher’s medal (that doubles as a bottle opener…no, really), the equivalent of over two beers and a Tap ‘N’ Run t-shirt to commemorate your amazing accomplishment. You also have the option to have your race professionally timed so you and your friends can laugh about how long it took to finish a mere 4k while sipping some suds!
There are only a couple more days to get in on the fun for a cool $45 – after May 25th, it jumps to $50 and if you’re a super procrastinator like me, you’re going to pay $55 the day of the race so get it now! Our friends over at Easter Seals Crossroads have worked out a $5 discount for you – use ESCTAPS when registering and consider donating that extra cash to Easter Seals Crossroads!

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15 May

Contributions to a Fallen Soldier’s Family

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Please help our friends at Sun King  collect items for a fallen soldier’s family. They will be able to accept donations over the Memorial Day weekend. Find out more information on what they’re collecting/accepting below:

 

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams

I am former Army Infantry Sergeant Rob Malad, and current Sun King employee. My former unit, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, is currently on a nine month tour in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. It has been a long and difficult deployment, and the life of a dear Brother was taken December 10th, 2012.

Staff Sergeant Wesley Williams, of New Carlisle, OH, was one of the finest leaders of men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and an even better human being. He is survived by his wife, Krista, and their now 20 month old daughter, Faith. Krista is also currently pregnant with a second daughter, due July 21st.

 

Because of my dedication to my unit and my loyalty to my Brother, I am heading a collection of donations for the arrival of their second daughter. Accepted donations any, and all baby materials (non-parshable), to include, but not limited to: diapers, baby wipes, baby powder, gift cards (Walmart, Baby’s R Us, etc.), as well as cash donations. The cash donations will go directly to the Wesley Williams Scholarship Fund for the Junior ROTC Program in New Carlisle, OH. All donations will be collected at Sun King, Thursday, May 23 – Saturday, May 25.

 

A small gesture of compassion and kindness can go a long way, and together we can help ease the suffering of a family who lost their hero too soon.

Collection jars will be placed in the Tasting Room at Sun King Brewery and a donation box for baby items will be placed in the Front Office. Please stop by during open business hours, Thursday, May 23rd (10am-7pm), Friday, May 24th (10am-7pm), and Saturday, May 25th (1pm-5pm).

God bless,

SGT Rob Malad

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