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15th May 2013

Beer List Released for Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting All About Beer Magazine and Thirsty Monk Host May Event to Benefit Pints for Prostates

 Organizers of the inaugural Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting have released the list of 37 rare and exotic beers that will be poured by 24 of America’s leading craft breweries at the May 31 event.


 All About Beer Magazine and the Thirsty Monk Pub will present the inaugural Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting during Asheville Beer Week to benefit Pints for Prostates, a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness about the importance of early detection in fighting prostate cancer.


The beer list includes:


·         Against the Grain Port Barrel-Aged Bo & Luke, Tickle Me Alemo & Citra Ass Down


·         Allagash Smoke and Beards & Mattina Rossa


·         Asheville Ratri Double IPA, Bier de Mardi Garde & Big Thankful Porter


·         Bell’s Sweet Potato Stout


·         Big Boss Hell’s Bizz-ness


·         Blue Mountain Barrel House Sour Cherry Lager & Barrel Aged Mandolin


·         Boulder BFU (Be Forever Unknown)


·         Brooklyn There Will Be Black & Silver Anniversary Lager


·         Deschutes Burgschrund Black & The Dissident


·         Founders Panther Cub Imperial Stout


·         Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Stout & 2012 Bourbon County Coffee Stout


·         Haw River Farmhouse Ales Cotton Pickin’ Farmhouse IPA, Sun Hands Tripel, Rusted Plow & St. Benedict’s Brunch


·         Highland 2008 Cold Mountain & 2009 Auld Asheville Ale


·         Jester King Viking Metal


·         Mother Earth Brewing 2012 Tripel Overhead Barrel-Aged


·         New Belgium Barrel-Aged Love Oscar


·         Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones Iron Throne


·         Oskar Blues Red Fox Ale


·         Samuel Adams 13th Hour Stout


·         Sierra Nevada Wolfinanny Wheatwine


·         Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale in Red Wine Barrels


·         SweetWater Gangsta IPA


·         Thirsty Monk Imperial Amber


·         Weyerbacher Sour Black Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged


“We reach men through the universal language of beer and an event like the Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting gives us a platform to get guys to focus on their health,” said Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor, drinks journalist and founder of the Pints for Prostates campaign. “A portion of the funds raised at this event are going to be used to help underwrite a free men’s health screening in Asheville on June 10.”




The men’s health screening event will be hosted by Asheville Urological Associates at 1 Doctors Park in Asheville on June 10 from 5-7 p.m.  The screening will include a digital rectal exam and consult with Board Certified Urologist, Dr. James Brien, plus blood testing for PSA (prostate specific antigen), cholesterol, testosterone, HDL/LDL, triglycerides and glucose. Solstas Lab Partners will be handling blood draws for testing. The screening will be conducted in cooperation with the Prostate Conditions Education Council, which will provide free informative literature to participants. Those interested in the testing should register by calling Renee Savickas at 303-999-2475.




“We have a great list of American craft brewers committed to appear at the Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting and each will be pouring rare and exotic beers,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine. “We want this to be one of the highlights of Asheville Beer Week and help raise awareness about an important men’s health issue by teaming up with Pints for Prostates.”




The Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting  will be held at 66 Asheland Ave. in Asheville on May 31 from 6-9 p.m. Fewer than 50 of the 250 tickets for the Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting are still available. They can be purchased online at: Tickets are $75 and include admission to the event, beer sampling, commemorative tasting glass, program and heavy hors d’oeuvres. More information about the event can be found at Each brewery will pour unique beers. Some will be rare and others will be “wild” featuring barrel aged, sours, cask conditioned and vintage beers.




Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 charity. It raises awareness about prostate cancer at beer festivals and pub events. Funds raised by the group help support free men’s health screenings provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council and Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, which operates support groups for men battling the disease. You can get more information about Pints for Prostates at




“Pints for Prostates and All About Beer Magazine started the Denver Rare Beer Tasting in 2009 and it has become renowned as one of the best beer events in the country,” said Barry Bialik of Thirsty Monk Pub. “Asheville Beer Week is growing and attracting people who want to experience the growing beer culture in the region. The Asheville Rare & Wild Beer Tasting is a great addition to the celebration. And we at Thirsty Monk are so proud to be a part of making this happen.”




About All About Beer Magazine


Now in its 34th year, All About Beer Magazine has been the essential source for the evolving beer culture. Winner of numerous awards and recognitions, All About Beer Magazine publishes the best on beer — its history and culture, beer travel, entertaining, brewing and collecting — six times a year with one additional bonus issue annually. The magazine promotes the positive attributes of the growing beer culture by hosting the World Beer Festivals where guests have the opportunity to taste samples from a wide range of beers and to discuss the beer with brewers and knowledgeable servers. For more information, please visit, follow @allboutbeer on Twitter and like the magazine on Facebook at




About Thirsty Monk


Thirsty Monk has received many awards and acknowledgements as being one of the best beer bars in the country and the world, including’s Best Bar in the South. They have also been featured in Garden & Gun Magazine and the Travel Channel. The Thirsty Monk has two Asheville locations- the flagship Thirsty Monk Belgian & Craft Beer Bar downtown at 92 Patton Ave., and Thirsty Monk South Pub & Nano-Brewery in South Asheville’s Gerber Village at 1836 Hendersonville Rd. All taps are constantly rotating, with more than 1,200 different beers tapped in 2012.




About Pints for Prostates


Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 a campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men of the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. More information is available at Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).