This Sunday, Georgetown Brewing will be hosting a fundraising event at the brewery for Autism Speaks featuring the curiously named Lisa’s “The Sun is Trying to Kill Me” Chocolate Stout. What’s up with that name? Keep reading to find out.
The event will feature pairings of Theo Chocolate and some great beers from Georgetown Brewing, including a preview of the 2013 batch of Lisa’s Chocolate Stout (official release on 2/14) and another “super secret” chocolate beer. There will also be snacks from Macrina Bakery, stout floats with Molly Moon’s ice cream, and live music from The Blue Tracks and Creeping Time.
Lisa’s “The Sun is Trying to Kill Me” Chocolate Stout is Georgetown’s seasonal beer brewed with 76lbs of Theo Chocolate. The beer is named after Lisa Uhrich, who is the retail manager at the brewery. When Manny Chao first hired Lisa almost seven years ago, he asked Lisa what her favorite style of beer was. The answer was imperial stout. At the time Georgetown’s beer lineup contained no dark beers, and Lisa was constantly talking to Manny about adding something. They added the 9 Pound Porter, which Lisa loved, but it still wasn’t exactly what she wanted.I’ll let Lisa tell you the rest of the story in her own words:
My love for chocolate is so great that I was unable to keep quiet about my idea to combine it into a stout. I believe it was back in 2009 I was getting especially excited about the idea of beer and chocolate after tasting a few Chocolate Stouts from other breweries. I was also spending way too much time hanging around at the Theo Chocolate factory in Fremont, going on the tours multiple times, eating chocolate and becoming friends with all the Theo peeps. At the same time, Manny and the guys at the brewery were being particularly negative towards my beer and chocolate ideas, which was frustrating. Then just a few weeks later I showed up to the brewery one morning and Manny was acting rather squirrelly, well more so than usual. He insisted I leave the brewery for a meeting at All City Coffee. When we got back to the brewery after our meeting everyone was wearing these crazy bright pink (I hate the color pink) t-shirts with my name on them and there was this big pink banner that said:
Lisa’s the Sun is Trying to Kill Me Chocolate Stout”
This beer is for all you video game-loving, sun-hating beer geeks.
While it was the most epic thing any employer has ever done for me and I was beside myself with emotions, it was also quite frankly making fun of my odd personality. You see I’m a geek, I hate the sun and love playing games, which seems to me a totally reasonable way to go through life, but for some reason people think I’m strange. Oh well, at least I now have a great beer to drink while I’ll play video games.
Cheers to Lisa for sharing a great story, and cheers to Manny and team for having a sense of humor.
Tickets are $50 and limited and all proceeds go to Autism Speaks, so get them while you can.
Tickets are available at Georgetown Brewing’s retail location, 5200 Denver Ave S in Georgetown (cash and check only, please) or online (all major credit cards accepted) at: http://teamgtown.
About Autism Speaks:
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.