Local Breweries Battle to Support Cancer Center

April 20, 2014

Local breweries are teaming up to battle it out in the fight against cancer.

Boylan Heights is hosting the first Battle of the Breweries in Charlottesville on Monday.

Devils Backbone, Starr Hill and Three Notch'd Brewing Company will go head-to-head in the competition. Each brewery will have four beers on tap. Whichever kicks first claims the title and a shiny trophy.

But organizers say there's more to the competition than seeing who's the most popular beer in town -- it's all for a good cause.

It was inspired by a Boylan Heights employee named Jen who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma twice and has undergone bone marrow transplants.

"We kind of started a relationship with her transplant program at UVa. Cancer Center and we figured let's use this as a vehicle to kind of give back and see if we can make a little bit of money and say thanks to their transplant center," said Boylan Heights owner JR Hadley.

The three competing breweries quickly got on board.

"Three Notch'd is all about leaving our mark. That's our tagline. It takes a lot more to leave your mark in this community than just making great beer," said Three Notch'd Brewing Company president Scott Roth. "I anticipate some shenanigans [and] playful competition, but we're certainly in it all for the same purpose and that's to raise money for the transplant fund."

Boylan Heights, Devils Backbone, Starr Hill and Three Notch'd Brewing Company have collectively pledged $1,000 for the program out front.

Hadley says a portion of every draft purchased will also be donated.

The fundraiser competition kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Monday at Boylan Heights.

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