If there’s one thing that makes a good beer even better, it’s drinking that beer for a good cause. If you’re looking to give back, to help raise money, or simply for an excuse to visit one of southern Arizona’s craft breweries, this May is the perfect time to do so.
Copper Brothel Brewery will be putting on a special event to raise funds it will donate in support of Brain Cancer Awareness Month (which is May). Called SMASH for Stache IPA, the brewery is donating $1 for every single pour it makes over the course of the month. It doesn’t matter what kind of beer you order, just as long as you order a beer. So every beer you get will add another buck to what Copper Brothel Brewery will be sending out.
The money it raises will go to StacheStrong, which is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to help in the support of brain cancer research. To add extra incentive to bring you out to the brewery (in case raising money for the cause isn’t enough), Copper Brothel has created a new beer for the event, called S.M.A.S.H or Stache IPA. It is made using a combination of Galaxy and Mosaic hops.
Other breweries around the United States are joining in with the StacheStong fundraiser, although Copper Brothel is one of just two in the state of Arizona that has signed up for the money-raising opportunity (the other is 12 West Brewing Company in Mesa).
StacheStrong originated its money-raising attempts three years ago, starting with Oskar Blues taprooms (that are now located around the country). In this time they have raised over a million dollars in donations for brain cancer research. If you are interested in learning more about the organization, if you would like to donate money directly without stopping by a brewery (there is a donation tab right on the website), or if you would like to see a list of all the other breweries that are currently signed up to take part in the event, just in case you’re out of state and want to stop by one of the other breweries, visit the StacheStrong website here.
If you haven’t visited Copper Brothel Brewery before you are in for a treat. It is a short drive out of Tucson, but the scenery itself is well worth it. They have food on-site, so you can enjoy your time there, kick back, and just take in the sights and sounds of Sonoita. Located at 3112 AZ-83, the best way to get there from Tucson is to take I-10 to Vail, and then take AZ-83 south. You will just pass the AZ-82 intersection where you will find Copper Brothel Brewery.
Copper Brothel Brewery is a family-owned business since it opened back in 2014. Almost all of the beers it makes are named for women, either women in the family or women who have made an impact in the Copper State’s history. In fact, the Stache IPA will be one of the first non-female-named beers at the brewery.
Copper Brothel is hoping you’ll come out and join them throughout the month of May to help raise money for this important cause. It is especially near and dear to them, as they lost a member of their own family recently to a similar form of illness. Social distancing will be in effect, but with the amount of space both inside and outside the brewery, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. So come, have a refreshing beer, and enjoy yourself while raising money to help find a cure for brain cancer.