Drink beer, fight breast cancer Sunday


Green Flash Brewing Co. hasn’t yet opened its doors in Virginia Beach, but Sunday it will open its taps in an effort to combat breast cancer, a disease the brewery’s founder survived five years ago.

More than 20 Green Flash beers — including several rare and new releases, Alpine offerings, cask ales and barrel-aged brews — will be served at the second annual  Treasure Chest Fest. The event benefits the breast cancer charity Susan G Komen Tidewater.

Last year’s event drew nearly a thousand people and raised more than $10,000 for the non-profit, and this year the brewery has enlisted help to exceed those numbers, according to Alex Harmon, an organizer.

Local bands Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos and Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot will perform, and about 10 local breweries and nine restaurants will serve brews and bites at the fundraiser, which begins at noon at the corner of General Booth Boulevard and Corporate Landing Parkway.

The locale overlooks the construction site of San Diego-based Green Flash’s new Virginia Beach brewery. Organizers are encouraging guests 21 and up to dress in “tiki attire.”

Tickets are $45 online or at the door and include beer, food, parking and a commemorative glass. Military IDs will save patrons $15. Acting as a designated driver will save them $25.

A special release Green Flash beer will be served at the event. The company describes it as an “exotic IPA with grapefruit, prickly pear juice and hibiscus flowers,” according to a media release.

Participating restaurants include:

The Birch Bar; Dog Street Pub; Karnage Asada; Home Republic; Eat American Bistro; Y Not Pizza; Lynnhaven Pub; Tubby’s Tavern; and Whole Foods Virginia Beach.

Participating breweries include:

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery; O’Connor Brewing Co.; Reaver Beach Brewing Co.; Big Ugly Brewing Company; Parkway Brewing Co.; Pleasure House Brewing; Home Republic; Smartmouth Brewing Company; Young Veterans Brewing Company; and Commonwealth Brewing Co.

Reporter Judah Taylor can be reached at (757) 490-2750 or judah@tideradio.com.

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