Voted “Classiest Winter Beer Festival” by BrewStuds, the NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting provides attendees the opportunity to meet brewing experts, eat delicious food and sample unique pours from around the country, including a Plum Gosé from Ponysaurus and Fullsteam‘s Brandy Barrel-Aged First Frost, all while supporting a great cause.
Founded in 2008 by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke, Pints for Prostates uses a shared interest in beer as a platform to raise awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection.
Over the past five years, the NC Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting has raised more than $60,000 toward men’s health testing, but this year is the first to include free men’s health screenings on site. Coordinated by the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), screenings will take only 10 minutes and help detect risk factors for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues, such as glucose, lipid and testosterone levels.
“In addition to raising awareness for Pints for Prostates’ mission, I wanted to re-create the feel and excitement that surrounded beer festivals early on,” says Daniel Kulenic, an organizer of the event and also a partner in several local restaurants, including Tyler’s Taproom, The Rickhouse and upcoming barbecue and biscuit spot Maybelle’s, which will open soon in the American Tobacco Campus.
“Back then, people were excited to about the opportunity to try new and exciting beers and be around like-minded individuals,” Daniel says. For him, the event is an opportunity for beer lovers to “truly learn about the beer they are drinking and the people who produced it.” That includes live brewing demonstrations, a new feature for this year. Also new this year: a food truck rodeo (to supplement the event’s usual buffet and passed hors d’oeuvres) and a silent auction hosted by Pints for Prostates.