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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Beer a Secret Weapon in Breast Cancer Fight, Hopes Breastfest

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM

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Fighters of breast cancer are again pulling out their secret weapon: beer.

The annual Breastfest will soon be upon us, with more than 40 breweries, several hundred beers, and live music aligning on July 2 to fight one of the most feared diseases. We can't say truthfully that the more beer you drink, the better the plight of the breasts. But if you buy a ticket, you're in for unlimited tasting, and the money goes to breast cancer research and treatment.

Hosted by Marin Brewing Company (and once held in the small courtyard behind the brewery), Breastfest has outgrown its venue of birth and is now a recurring summer event at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion. Here, we can expect lines of drinkers queuing up to taste the glorified IPAs of Russian River, the strange and experimental brews of Moonlight Brewing, and the big brown crowd-pleasers from Lagunitas. But don't overlook lesser known breweries, like Ale Industries, MateVeza, and Maui Brewing Company, which had better be pouring its coconut porter or this writer's going to have a fit. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $50 at the door; $10 extra granting VIP access an hour earlier.

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