Seattle Beer Community Comes Together to Help Brewer Fight Cancer

March 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Washington Breweries

SpinnakerOften, when I talk with people new to the Seattle brewing/beer industry, they make note of how supportive and collaborative most people in the industry are. That is especially true when people in the industry are hurting. For Janet Spindler, co-owner and brewer at Spinnaker Bay Brewing, located in Hillman City, she could use everyone’s support right about now.

Janet was recently diagnosed with stage II Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment. “Janet’s prognosis is positive,” but medical bills are stacking up.

This Saturday, March 12, from 5pm to 9pm, Pike Brewing will be hosting a fundraiser for Janet in the brewery area below the Pike Pub. There will  be a silent auction and 100% of the proceeds from sales of beer will be donated to Janet. There will be music throughout the night.

Mark your calendar for this Saturday to come out and support Janet.

Press Release:


$5.00 suggested entry donation.

Live Music. Sid Law 5:00-6:00, The Cool Kids, 6:00-7:00, Stardrums & Lady Keys 7:00-8:00 and The New Rhythmatics 8:00-9:00.

Silent Auction:
Generous contributions from community members including: Stoup Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Tin Dog Brewing, Orlison Brewing Co, Elysian Brewing Company, Two Beers Brewing Co, Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, Central Pizza, Schilling Cider and many more to come.

Tasty malted beverages will be available for purchase throughout the night from The Pike Brewing Company and Spinnaker Bay Brewing.

100% of beer proceeds will be donated to Janet and we encourage guests to “buy a beer for Janet”, by paying double for their beers and donating extra.

We will be providing light snacks and appetizers. You are more than welcome to stop in upstairs at the restaurant area of The Pike Brewing Company for dinner.

The silent auction will close at 8:00 pm so make sure you are there to place your bids!

We will be holding a drawing of a very special donation. Stay tuned for more details.

We are still looking for silent auction items! If you and/or your business would like to donate to the silent auction please contact Colleen Ames at

We are also looking for volunteers to help out the night of the event. If interested please contact Colleen.

So far Janet’s prognosis is positive. The good news is her cancer grows and divides quickly, which is favorable because that is what chemotherapy works best against. As of now the treatment plan is six rounds of chemotherapy three weeks apart. She will have to receive radiation but it is unclear how much at this moment.

She recently had her second treatment on Feb. 12th. This treatment went better than the first for Janetand, while her hair isn’t doing so well, her spirits are high.

She has been blown away by the amount of support that the community has already given her. However this support can’t stop yet! Medical bills are starting to roll in and the overall expenses associated with battling cancer are growing. Janet has taken a significant step back from working at the brewery in order to put all her energy into getting healthy. Therefore operating costs at the brewery have increased. Janet and the Spinnaker Bay Brewing family need your help.

  Please join us March 12th at The Pike Brewing Company from 5:00-9:00.


If you are unable to attend the fundraiser there are still ways you can help. Check out the Gofundme page:

Help spread the word about Spinnaker Bay Brewing. Don’t see us on tap at your favorite bar or restaurant? Ask their staff if they have heard of us and recommend that they serve our beer!

Spinnaker Bay Brewing is Janet’s baby, her passion and her dream. Knowing that the brewery is being taken care of while she deals with cancer will be a tremendous help for Janet. It will keep her stress free, a very important aspect of battling cancer. Don’t forget that you can buy growlers and kegs from us to supply your next event with. Bored on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Come have a pint or two in our taproom. We are also happy to host an event for you in our taproom.

The entire Spinnaker Bay Brewing family sends many thanks to everyone who has already helped us grow since we opened our doors in 2013. We could not have made it this far without you. Now more than ever Janet needs your help. Please consider contributing to this important cause in any way you can no matter how small or how large you are able to. Every little bit will go towards making sure Janetis able to overcome cancer and continue living out her dream as a professional brewer and business owner with her amazing talented partner Elissa Pryor.

If you have any questions please contact Colleen Ames at


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