The distance — a mere 100-meters to glory — of our Sprint for Spat 0.10K may be a joke to some, the two local organizations this race benefits are anything but. Get to know the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership:
Who? The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is a leading voice in the young adult cancer movement and works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors. UCF is based in Baltimore.
What? Since its inception in 1997, UCF has worked tirelessly at both the community level and with national partners to raise awareness of the issues young adults with cancer face, and to ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive.
Why? Nearly 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and a diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is nearly eight times more common than a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life. Today, cancer is the leading disease killer among 20- to 39-year olds. However, despite advances in early detection, treatment and prevention, there’s been no improvement in survival rates in this age group.
Who? The Oyster Recovery Partnership plans, promotes and implements science-based and sustainable shellfish restoration, aquaculture and wild fishery activities to protect the environment, support the economy and preserve the cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. ORP is based in Annapolis.
What? As the leading nonprofit restoring oysters in the Bay, more than 5.2 billion oysters have been planted on 1,700 acres of oyster reefs in Maryland, including the largest sanctuary reef in the United States. ORP also manages the largest Shell Recycling Alliance in the country and has trained more than 50 commercial watermen to grow oysters to support Maryland’s booming aquaculture industry.
Why? Oysters are a vital piece of the Chesapeake’s ecosystem and the current population is a mere 1% of the historic peak. In addition to Sprint for Spat, proceeds from Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout have enabled ORP to replant over 5 million oysters in the Bay since 2010.
Now, support both UCF and ORP by registering now for Sprint for Spat. Ticket price includes a race t-shirt, 0.10K bumper sticker and mid-race oyster shooter. Sign up by Monday, April 13 to guarantee your preferred t-shirt size.
There’s not one city in the DMV that has the death penalty for firking tapping…although we’re not so sure about Cockeysville.
With God as our copilot, our most distinguished group of cask-conditioned scofflaws and degenerates are racing through 11 cities with 11 firkins in 11 days, starting next Thursday at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, DC.
Follow the race with #FirkinRun. And we’ve even done your Google mapping for you:
Late last week, a Federal Court ruled in favor of yours truly in a landmark case for freedom of speech, proving yet again that Good Beer, No Censorship prevails.
When Raging Bitch was released in 2009, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission promptly banned it from being sold in the state, deeming the beer “detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.”
We didn’t take this appalling attempt at censorship laying down. We sued the State of Michigan and the individual members of the commission on the grounds of violating our right to freedom of speech. Now, over five years since the beer’s release, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the commissioners’ actions were a violation our First Amendment rights.
The Supreme Court has long established that the power to regulate alcohol, which is made at the state level, does not authorize the violation of free speech. And last week’s ruling confirms that officials who nonetheless ignore free speech are not immune from liability.
Our CEO Jim Caruso said: “It’s taken a few years, but now appointed bureaucrats are accountable for imposing their personal agendas and prejudices on the public, and for committing the crime of violating Flying Dog’s right to freedom of speech.”
And our attorney, Alan Gura, added: “In 21st Century America, officials cannot ban words, artwork and poetry they dislike. Illegal censorship causes real harm, and Michigan’s liquor commissioners will now be made to pay real money for the damage they’ve done.”
Commentary on this ruling would not be complete without the thoughts of Ralph Steadman, the genius responsible for both the art and poetry that adorns each bottle of Raging Bitch. Referring to a 2001 ruling against the State of Colorado for banning the words “Good Beer, No Shit” on the label of our Road Dog Porter, Ralph said:
“…and THAT is how it should be!!! Under a Michigan sky — or under a Colorado sunset!!!”
It’s All Happening: The Competition Edition
On Wednesday, Federal House in downtown Annapolis will have three beers from Heavy Seas and three beers from yours truly on tap. Whoever’s kegs kick first wins. We’ll have Bloodline, Pale Ale, and Easy IPA, so it’s pretty much in the bag.
Then on Saturday, it’s round two of yours truly facing off against Bell’s in a Kangaroo Boxing Club beer bucket challenge as University of Maryland men’s basketball takes on Michigan. During football season, Maryland reigned supreme and we’re already calling a repeat.
Needless to say, we’ll be watching all 14 Air Bud movies tonight to prepare.
99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
ICYMI: Our tramp is out of the bag. Supertramp Tart Cherry Ale is hitting the bottle this week and hitting shelves at the beginning of March.
Also coming down our brewhouse pipes this week is our next round of limited releases: Single Hop Imperial IPA with Warrior and Brewhouse Rarities Earl Grey Black Wheat, proving that there is light at the end of your Mexican Hot Chocolate/HBC-431 tunnel.
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Shine those boots and report to the Weinberg Center at 18:00 Thursday for The Dirty Dozen. Free admission for anyone with a military ID. Happy hour starts in the lobby at 6:30 pm, the show’s at 7:30 pm, and the after party at Market Street Fusion beings once the movie ends.
“Drinking in public is now adorable thanks to The Cool Baby.” There’s a real-life Kickstarter to help some guy produce insulated beverage carriers that make boozing look like parenting. Seeing that thing disassembled has scarred us for life.