If you live in this facial hair mecca we call Austin, TX, then by now, you’re probably extra familiar with the concept of Movember, sometimes called No Shave November. You know, that Autumn month where the upper lips of men everywhere experience the schizophrenic shock of a clean, bare shave, followed by a cycle of intentional (and often impressive) regrowth in an effort to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues.
This year, several Austin breweries are getting in on the philanthropic fun.
Independence Brewing Company‘s Jerry Coreas shaved his facial hair at the brewery’s monthly First Saturday event, and will now be regrowing his stache..or should we say Stash (see what we did there?) to raise money for the Movember organization. But Jerry isn’t the only member of the Independence crew losing some hair, the brewery’s Operations Manager, David Hinkle, is also starting over with a bare face this month.
Independence’s commitment to the cause is going beyond Jerry and David’s follicles. Every Friday in November, the brewery will be donating 10 percent of all taproom profits to Movember. That works out to be a pretty great deal for the charity, and for taproom patrons too, because the brewery is offering $6 Independence glassware, which comes with two free pours.(Shameless self-promotion alert: We’ll be hosting a book signing during these taproom hours this Friday November 8.)
Flix Brewhouse is also getting into the Movember spirit, forming a Flix Movember team which, as these fingers hit the keyboard, has 27 members and has raised nearly $2000 for the cause though donations.
The cinema/brewery is also hosting some special stache themed programming throughout the month to keep the troops rallied, including the How’s It Growin’? Happy Hour November 14, and on November 26, their Movember culmination–a Dazed and Confused Stache Bash that will feature awards for the best mustache and Mo Sista of the month.
Any discussion about the intersection between men’s health awareness and the Austin beer community would be incomplete without a nod to North by Northwest/ Red’s Porch owner Davis Tucker, who recently rode his bicycle 1,400 miles from Austin to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver to raise money for the Pints for Prostates organization.Tucker was inspired to embark on the journey, which will be featured in the upcoming documentary 1400 Miles, after his longtime friend and NXNW Brewmaster Don Thompson made an inspirational recovery form prostate cancer.
Clearly, whether you’re sporting a stache, thowin’ some cash toward a Movember team, or hell, just drinking a beer in a local taproom, there are plenty of ways to support the Movember cause. Find out more at: us.movember.com