(Denver, CO) – Besides checking out some of America’s best craft beers, men attending this year’s Great American Beer Festival® can check on their health.
The Brewers Health Initiative will take place from Oct. 5-8 at locations around Denver, offering brewers, craft beer fans and Denver residents a free men’s health screening. The Brewers Health Initiative is designed to reach men through the universal language of beer, giving them a quick and easy way to take charge of their health.
The Brewers Health Initiative is a collaboration between Pints for Prostates, the Prostate Conditions Education Council and 1400 Miles, and sponsored in part by MicroStar. This year’s screening program honors the memory of Steve Anderson of Big Bend Brewing. The Texas craft beer pioneer lost his battle with prostate cancer on Nov. 25, 2015.
“We launched the Brewers Health Initiative last year at GABF and screened nearly 150 men. Our goal this year is to at least double that number,” said Rick Lyke, Founder of Pints for Prostates. “Men tend to avoid doctor visits for routine check-ups. This effort brings important health screening tests right to the guys in an easy to access environment.”
As part of the program, a team of healthcare professionals will administer a simple blood test taking less than 10 minutes to screen for prostate specific antigen, glucose, lipids and testosterone levels. Participants will receive a confidential report sent directly to them after the event that they can review with their doctor. The free blood tests being administered have a value of $700 and scan for several important male health issues.
“We urge all 40-plus year old guys in Denver for GABF that have not had a PSA test in the last two years to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Renee Savickas, Vice President and Director of Early Detection and Awareness Programs at the Prostate Conditions Education Council. “The reports men receive from the blood test are a snapshot of some key health indicators and can help guys spot potential issues.”
The locations and hours of the Brewers Health Initiative include:
Wednesday (Oct. 5), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Inside the Colorado Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. for brewers and vendors at GABF during badge pick up and booth set-up.
Thursday (Oct. 6) from Noon to 5 p.m.: Focus Parking Lot at 14th Street and Stout Street adjacent to The Beerliner as part of the 1400 Miles activities. This location is across from the Colorado Convention Center and convenient to everyone attending the GABF.
Friday (Oct. 7) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Outside of the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax, the site of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VIII, which is hosted by Pints for Prostates.
Saturday (Oct. 8) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Focus Parking Lot at 14th Street and Stout Street adjacent to the Beerliner across from the Colorado Convention Center.
“This is the third year that a group of brewers and beer fans have cycled from Austin to Denver – 1,400 miles – to raise awareness about prostate cancer,” said Davis Tucker, Founder of 1400 Miles and owner of NXNW Restaurant and Brewery. “We do it to raise awareness and give a voice to the 2.9 million American men who have been treated or who are currently being treated for prostate cancer. The Brewers Health Initiative is a way for us to reach out to the craft beer community and encourage everyone to get screened.”