Having a charity as a component of a beer festival is a fairly common occurrence in New Mexico. Having that charity be a brewer battling cancer is not common, but that is the case at Beer for a Cause, a special festival taking place this Sunday in Las Cruces.
Pecan Grill head brewer David Allan has been diagnosed with brain cancer, and the medical bills are understandably quite hefty. His fellow brewers are joining forces to help him out by hosting the festival at Picacho Peak from 3 to 8 p.m. For those who have not been down to visit a brewery in Las Cruces, this is a good opportunity for a good cause to do so (Picacho Peak is located at 3900 W. Picacho Ave., to further help you out).
“He is not only a great brewer and mentor but a genuinely amazing person to have in your life,” High Desert brewer David White said in a press release. “Family and friends are raising money to help in this fight. … Every little bit makes a difference.”
Tickets are just $5 apiece and available at the door. The first 500 people get a commemorative pint glass. This is not a traditional no-limit sampling event, so all pints are $5, though we are fairly certain most of the beers can be tasted before you buy (ask politely). There will also be food trucks, a silent auction, and live music from Jackson Lane, The Smokin’ Blue Band, Triple Jack, and the Derrick Harris Band. All of the proceeds will go to help David in his fight against cancer.
“You should be there, because if you are lucky enough to truly call Dr. Wackadoodle Dave your friend, then you are lucky enough,” his friend, homebrewer Dennis Talley, wrote to us in an email. “I’ve called him that for years because he’s never brewed a ‘normal’ beer in his life! Just like Dave, his beers are truly unique and brewed with passion and detail. My brother without DNA.”
A total of 15 New Mexico breweries are sending one or more kegs to the event. We will update the list as more are identified.
- Bosque: Elephants on Parade, IPA
- Cloudcroft: Railspike Imperial Red, Sahti Finnish Ale
- High Desert: White Walker Stout, Cerveza
- Icebox: TBA
- La Cumbre: Elevated IPA, A Slice of Hefen
- Little Toad Creek: Hop-a-Long Rye IPA
- Lost Hiker: Ruidoso Blonde
- Marble: Double White, Cerveza
- Pecan Grill: Peanut Butter Pecan Porter
- Picacho Peak: Bitchin Brown
- Ponderosa: Schwarzbier
- Sierra Blanca: American Style Lager
- Spotted Dog: Bier de Chien (Farmhouse Ale), and second beer TBA
- Tractor: TBA
- Truth or Consequences: Good Juju (American Brown Ale)
For anyone in the Albuquerque or Santa Fe areas, this is a good opportunity for a quick trip south to try some beers unique to the area, while also supporting a worthy cause.
A big thanks to Deanna Green for sending us the information and for helping to organize this festival on David’s behalf.