Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths, and in two years could surpass all to be the leading cause of cancer deaths, in the U.S.
This year, more people will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer.
Those statistics are why there is a groundswell to raise awareness of the deadly disease. November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Monroe’s Dreadnought Brewing is hosting the first Pints 4 Purple event in Washington. They’ll be serving beer on Nov. 10 at the brewery in support of the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
The foundation’s Kimberly Stoll-French says events like this one are key because right now awareness of the disease is low and early detection is extremely difficult.
“That’s a very bad combination to have,” Stoll-French said.
Dreadnought teamed up with local home brewers to make variations of the brewery’s Low Cut Blonde Ale, which will be on tap Saturday. For each pint of these beers sold, $1 will go directly to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
“I am so grateful to … Dreadnought for hosting Pints 4 Purple,” said French-Stoll, who started the Seattle chapter of the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation a year ago. Her uncle died from pancreatic cancer just six weeks after his diagnosis.
Some of the blondes on tap include a toasted coconut blonde, a blackberry blonde aged on tequila-soaked chips, and a honey blonde. Home brewers also made a glazed doughnut hazy pale, pale ale made with Galaxy and Lemondrop hops, an imperial pumpkin ale and a winter night holiday ale.
Dreadnought Brewing taproom manager Delaney Wardell said a number of regulars, after learning about the fundraiser, have shared how pancreatic cancer has impacted their lives. It surprised him.
It is Dreadnought’s goal to hold fundraisers quarterly for causes near and dear to the Monroe community.
For example, Dreadnought has brewed Mission Enduring Freedom IPA to raise money for Monroe’s Veterans of Foreign Wars new home. The beer, a double dry hopped IPA, will be released Veterans Day at the brewery.
Fade In, Decibel Brewing: This version of the Fade Out stout is made with darkly roasted Guatemalan coffee, giving it a rich chocolatey flavor and roasted malt character. Available on tap at the brewery.
The Snohomies Blackberry Pale Ale, SnoTown Brewing: A mild ale made with 15 pounds of Snohomish-grown blackberries picked and donated by the Facebook group The Snohomies. Available on tap at the brewery.
Late Night Breakfast, Whitewall Brewing: Dark malts and English yeast give this oatmeal stout notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Available on tap at the brewery.
Mission Enduring Freedom IPA
Dreadnought Brewing, Monroe
Stats: 6.5 percent ABV, 65 IBU
Available: On tap at the brewery on Nov. 11
From the brewery: This is a double dryhopped IPA is made using the Veterans Blend from Yakima Chief Hops, which donated $3 from each pound to the Semper Fi foundation.