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BRANFORD – Stony Creek Brewery, a supporter of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, will offer a special draft beer called “Junebug” for September, a portion of which proceeds will benefit the CTBTA, according to a statement.
Stony Creek owner Edward Crowley, Jr. is “a champion for the cause of brain tumor awareness and support, and the beer is called ‘Junebug’ in remembrance of the life of his mother-in-law June Rice, who succumbed to cancer. to the brain “, the statement said.
Additionally, the name “evokes the ladybug, which has been a symbol of hope and faith for CTBTA executive director Chris Cusano for the past 12 years since his brain tumor diagnosis.” The beer is available on tap at the Branford location, and $ 1 for each beer sold will be donated to the CTBTA, the statement said.
For every “Junebug” beer sold in September, $ 1 will be donated to the CTBTA.
Additionally, the seventh annual “Playing for the Cure: Brainstormin” event will be held in Stony Creek on Thursday, September 10 (virtually and in person, although space inside the brewery is limited due to COVID-19 compliance). Cusano and his family started the fundraiser in 2014 and has since “become a popular and important annual event to support the CTBTA,” the statement noted.
“One of the blessings of my diagnosis was the friendship formed with Ed Crowley and his wife Kim and his sister Melissa following his mother’s courageous battle with glioblastoma,” Cusano said in the statement. “What began as a fundraiser at Stony Creek Brewery has evolved into a mutual desire to work together and honor June by celebrating the bravery of brain tumor sufferers, but also to inspire hope to all who are fighting and to make they know they are not alone.
“This collaboration, I hope, will be appreciated by the brain tumor community and will help us in our quest to advance brain tumor awareness and in our quest to find the cure.” He said. “I can’t really express how grateful I am to Ed, his family and Stony Creek Brewery for their continued support of the CT Brain Tumor Alliance.”