I've been reminded by my doctor on multiple occasions that drinking cannot cure cancer. I'd say my 100-percent-cancer-free record stands in defiance of her supposed science, but I don't have the energy to endure another lecture on "correlation versus causation." However, thanks to Green Flash Brewing, I think I'm finally going to win this argument on a technicality.
Beer may not cure cancer itself, but it's undeniably doing its part to stamp it out. That's because a little more than three years ago, breast cancer made the egregious error of picking a fight with Green Flash co-founder Lisa Hinkley. It was a serious tactical oversight on cancer's part. The disease was not only bested by Hinkley; now it must also contend with the fundraising prowess of a high-profile and massively motivated brewery.
Three years later, we're all invited to begin choreographing our victory dance on breast cancer's grave with the Treasure Chest Fest at Green Flash Brewing on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. All the proceeds from the event are donated to Komen for the Cure.
The undeniable righteousness of the festival aside, the event is a uniquely great chance to take a deep dive into the Green Flash world. Several rarities will be plucked out of the GF brew catalog, including the Barrel Aged Linchpin IPA and Silva Stout (a personal favorite), with food pairings, as well as access to all the taps and facilities. As if that isn't enough, GF will also offer a first taste of its brand-new Belgian-style Brown Ale. It has a thick, biscuit-like maltiness to it, with lime, plum and other fruity notes. There's more than a blush of mustiness in the finish, giving this brown an overabundance of character.
Don't feel bad if you can't make it to the event. It turns out lots of other kind folks are keen to jump in and show breast cancer who's boss. There will be at least 20 bars across San Diego alone that will feature the Treasure Chest specialty brew, including Ciro's PB, Churchill's, Lumberyard, Monkey Paw, Pizza Port Carlsbad, O'Brien's, Regal Beagle, Sublime Alehouse, Neighborhood and others. As if that weren't enough, there will be Treasure Chest events spanning the U.S. in Denver, New York, San Francisco, Tampa, Seattle and everywhere else there aren't horrible people hoping that breast cancer will defeat humanity.
Seriously, breast cancer, just pack it in now. Skulk away while you still have some dignity.
You don't have to love beer to participate in these events. You just have to like it more than breast cancer. If you've made it this far, I think I can count on that much.