On November 1st, men across the globe began growing mustaches in honor of Movember, a silly name that supports a very serious cause: mens health. You may already know that Movember raises money and awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, but even we were surprised to find out that they fund support of mens mental health issues as well.
This is the third year that Beer Loves Company participated on the Blue Point Brewing Co. team. Blue Point fully supports the cause, assembling a dream team of facial hair and rewards participants with prizes and awesome events. This year there was both a pre and post Movember party at the brewery; the former involved free shaves and the latter featured beer, raffles and an awful lot of moustaches that were noticeably absent just 30 days prior. Though Kevin was able to grow a modest mustache, we were all pretty surprised that Alicia had a full Tom Sellick going after only a couple days. We want to thank all our generous friends, families and supporters who donated and helped us and Team Blue Point raise over $8,000, with a few checks still in the mail . Though Movember is over, the support for mens health continues year round, so visit Movember Headquarters to get involved.
It’s that time of year again. The time when bearded men transform themselves into unrecognizable baby faced boys. When glorious mustaches get shaved off for a greater good. Of course, we’re talking about Movember.
In case you aren’t familiar with it, Movember is a fun way to raise money and awareness for prostate/testicular cancer and mens mental health, while not having to shave for the entire month of November. The cause isn’t limited to men, as women are also encouraged to participate (no mustache required). Every year Blue Point Brewing Co. assembles a team of hair growing fundraisers and this time is no different.
The month kicks off tomorrow with shaves at the brewery and will culminate in a Movember wrap party with prizes, drinks and general good times. Kevin has participated previously and is part of team Blue Point this year as well (his link can be found here). It’s a great cause that brings awareness to mens health and we encourage you all to participate by either joining the team or donating what you can. And as leading fundraiser last year, Kevin is looking for some challengers.
Happy Movember! Oh, and Happy Halloween too.
Thanks to Kevin’s team leading Movember fundraising efforts we were awarded a 1/2 barrel keg of Blue Point Brewing Company beer. Pretty good right? Grow a moustache, raise some money and win beer. Well as much as we enjoy BPBC beer and wouldn’t mind having it on tap at here at home, we have decided to keep up the charitable theme and raffle off the keg.
The raffle will take place at the Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiast (LIBME) meeting this Wednesday, January 8 at Bobbique in Patchogue. Tickets will be 1 for $12 or 2 for $20, with all proceeds going to Long Island Cares. The winner will receive a certificate which they can turn in at Blue Point Brewing Company to receive a keg of their choice based on current availability.
Long Island Cares is a local charity that helps feed struggling Long Island families. In addition to providing food, they also offer school supply assistance and career training for parents to help pull families out of poverty. They were critical during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, helping people who may have never dreamed they would need the services of a food bank. We have worked with them in the past by holding a food drive at the Brewer’s East End Revival 17th Annual Brew-Off. Overall they are a great local charity that we have worked with before and are excited to help. Hope to see you all at Bobbique!
Blue Point Brewery’s Movember wrap party was a great time for all. Curt Potter (Director of Branding & Communications) and the other BPBC staff organized a fantastic event. They also pulled together a great group of guys who collected almost $9,000 dollars in donations! Everyone on the team and all those who donated or participated should be very pleased.
Last night the brewery was open an extra hour in an attempt to contain the massive amount of jubilation such success generated. There also was a special guest. Early in the evening “Mr. Islander” himself Bobby Nystrom stopped by. He was there to show his support for the cause and for the Blue Point team. Mr. Islander was very friendly and took the time to speak with several fans and also posed for many pictures. It was a nice surprise to have both him and his trademark ‘stache there in supporting the cause. Stay classy Bobby!
Throughout the night there were raffles for everything from Blue Point tap handles to a “date” with Brandon Ross, a colorful and highly entertaining BPBC staff member. Tickets were one for $2 or six for $10 for most prizes while the tickets for the date with Brandon were $5 (a bargain). We aren’t sure how much was collected during these raffles but everyone seemed eager to participate and to donate. All of the winners were extremely happy to claim their spoils. The date with Brandon went to a man and we are sure it will be quite the time for both “Mo’ Bros”.
The team was gathered a few times for photographs and what seemed like general camaraderie during the evening. All of the members were great guys and did their best in collecting donations. The participants turned out to be very into the evening, the cause and their ‘staches. A small crew from local outlet News 12 was on hand to cover the party and took snapshots when the group photos were taken. Awards and prizes were also handed out in a variety of categories which included: Best overall mustache, Top money raiser, The Boogie Nights ‘stache, Best Cowboy ‘stache, Next Year Try Rogaine (nice try but couldn’t quite grow one), Mark Burford – Just for Men (grayest mustache) and Miss Movember(s). By the time these were being announced everyone seemed to be in very good spirits (wah, wah, waaaah). Last but not least there was a special cask of “Hot Sexual Chocolate Porter” which was very tasty. It was crafted with jalapeno and of course chocolate and both of these flavors were well balanced in the brew. Really what goes together better than, a charity party, a brewery, mustaches and a beer called “Hot Sexual Chocolate”. We say nothing at all. Fun times, good deeds done, way to go.
Oh one more thing, donations are still being accepted so please donate if yu have the means. You can donate to us, BLC, or the Blue Point Team. They are trying to overtake Harpoon Brewery in total money raised while fighting against men’s health issues. Thank you to all who have supported the cause in the past and will in the future. Here are a few photos from the event for your enjoyment. Bang.
Brandon Ross, Mustache Man of Mystery