"I hate cancer ... but I love college!" — Will Ferrell
Comedian hosts sold-out benefit at Blind Lady Ale House
Pardon the press release, folks, but I want to post info about this ASAP, and I am running out the door to prep for our magazine's big party tonight to honor this years' 50 People to Watch. Some pretty cool beer news below in a press release from co-owner of Blind Lady Alehouse
Normal Heights, San Diego—He’s back! On Saturday, February 5th, Blind Lady Alehouse is closing down for the entire day (and night) to co-host, alongside actor Will Ferrell, a benefit beer pairing dinner for the Los Angeles-based charitable organization, Cancer for College.
Chef Aaron LaMonica has created a multi-course meal to be paired with eight local San Diego beers, including two brewed by Blind lady Alehouse’s own beer company, Automatic Brewing Co. The first is an Imperial Brown brewed with coffee from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and the second is an Oatmeal IPA that brewer and co-owner Lee Chase created specifically for the event. Will Ferrell asked Chase to brew his favorite style of beer—an IPA. Ferrell was also tasked with naming this collaborative effort. While names such as Whale’s Vagina, Boner City and Oaty Nutsack had been batted around, Ferrell has decided upon Will Powered IPA (Battling cancer takes more will power than most of us can possibly imagine).
BREWER’S NOTES: For the official Automatic Brewing Co. Will Power India Pale Ale, we decide to go in a slightly different direction with the "Grist Bill" (grains used): In addition to Organic Pale Malted Barley and Organic CaraPils, we added a fair amount of Oats, effectively making Will Power not just an IPA, but an OATMEAL IPA! The Oatmeal adds a softness to the texture of the beer, while the intensity of the Citrus-y Centennial Hops, and the Spicy Bravo Hops give it a bracing bite and assertive Aroma. Will Power IPA weighs in at 6.7% ABV, and a Bitterness of 70 IBUs from Perle hops. It is Un-Filtered (so there is some haze to the appearance), and produces a stable, bright-white foam.
La Monica’s menu features his house-made bratwursts, pate campagnola, bacon and other meaty delicacies that he traditionally makes for BLAH’s charcuterie menu. The Quattro Formaggi pizza— a favorite on the BLAH menu — will also be featured, as well as braised short ribs in mole, artic char and the Silva Stout chocolate pudding, made with Green Flash’s own rich stout. That latter item is effortlessly paired with Green Flash beer— other beers highlighted in the dinner include New English’s Explorer, Ballast Point’s Abandon Ship, Alesmith’s X and Alpine’s Mandarin Orange.
The night’s organizers’ are hoping to upwards of $50,000 for Cancer for College. When he was in High School, Craig Pollard discovered he had Hodgkin’s disease. The 15-year-old went through nine months of chemo, three months of radiation and the removal of his spleen, appendix and several lymph nodes—but he continued to excel in school and on the baseball field. At 19, and seemingly invincible to the entire world, cancer reared its ugly head for a second time. After a life-saving bone marrow transplant at the City of Hope, Craig’s health slowly returned. While in college, Craig dedicated time to cancer survivors, particularly kids. It was then that he sadly realized a heart-breaking fact: Families dealing with cancer use every last resource to fight the disease in the effort to keep their child alive. They often mortgage their present and their future in the battle. How do you plan for the future of a child who might not make it through year’s end? During his senior year at the USC Business School, he created Cancer for College to assist these very families. But that wasn’t the end of Craig’s own battle— in 2006, because of side effects from his medications, he got gangrene and had to have both his feet amputated. He persevered on with his charity, with the help of a friend.
Will Ferrell was a lowly pledge at the same fraternity when he first met Craig Pollard. As Will’s fame grew, so too did his ability to participate in the organization. In 2007, Will auctioned off a walk-on role in one of his movies. That garnered international publicity and earned nearly $50,000 for Cancer for College. Will’s involvement has had an impact on him as well. He has called Cancer for College one of the purest charities he has ever seen.
Since their inception, Cancer for College has provided over $750,000 in scholarships to more than 700 cancer survivors and amputees. The owners and staff of BLAH are exceedingly proud to be a part of this exciting event. For more information on this event, please contact Jeff Motch at Jeff@BlindLadyAlehouse.com.