Written by Phil Cerroni
A brewer and a team of young filmmakers use beer to lift the taboo from prostate cancer
The first sign that something fascinating arrived at Community Brewing Co. on Sept. 26 was the red, 1970’s Greyhound bus with “Beerliner” painted on its side. The second was the bearded, hipster-ish looking gentleman talking to guests as he poured beer out of taps protruding from the side of the bus.
Although this itinerant bartender, Brad Wood, usually spends his time floating kegs at the Bearded Lady in Ft. Worth, a week earlier he signed up to drive a bus full of beer 1,400 miles from Austin to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver (Oct. 10-12), on the trail of cyclist and Texas beer legend, Davis Tucker.
The founder of Pecan St. Lager and the father of the first legislative bill in Texas to allow brew pubs, Davis undertook the bike ride to raise funds for Pints for Prostate, through donations and money the tour will earn selling beer at brewery stops between here at Colorado.
Pints for Prostates, founded by beer writer and prostate cancer survivor, Rick Leike, uses the universal language of beer to spark a conversation among men about early detection of prostate cancer.
The cause is dear to Davis, as well. Don Thompson, Davis’ mentor and the brewmaster at his Austin establishment, NXNW Restaurant and Brewery, was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago. Although he beat it, it was a difficult struggle that could have been avoided through early detection. The disease is nearly 100 percent curable if caught early, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.