Drink some beer, so we can go to school!
Tomorrow's going to be a beautiful day, and it seems likely you might want to drink a beer or five. If you're going to be doing that anyway, why not benefit a project that helps women and girls in rural Guatemala have better lives through education?
Four midtown breweries -- Six Row Brewing Co
., Buffalo Brewing Co
., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co
. and the Schlafly Taproom
-- are participating in a People's Choice competitive pub crawl, and your $25 admission fee goes to the Starfish One by One
Women and girls in rural Guatemala receive on average 1.4 years of
education in their lives, says Alfred Frager, a Ph.D candidate in
psychology at St. Louis University and one of the event's organizers.
The program finds ways to get them more education, which lowers poverty
and birth rates for the women.
The proceeds from the event,
dubbed "One Fish Two Fish Starfish Brewfish," will help Frager and
colleagues assist the Guatemalan staff develop better methods for
keeping track of information, which will streamline their work and let
them serve more women and girls.
Helping women and girls have better lives is without a noble goal. But why beer?
says Frager."There's actually five different graduate students and
faculty at SLU that brew their own beer. The initial idea was a psych
department home brew competition at Buffalo."
But in talking with brewers, Frager realized the idea could be bigger and better, and so help the organization more.
brewery will give out two-ounce samples of two of their brews, along
with descriptions of the beers. Participants vote on their favorites,
and one will come out victorious.
"Most beer competitions have
five or six professional judges deciding," Frager says. "This is a
people's choice award. The people decide."
The people also get
five tickets that can be redeemed for ten-ounce pours or a food item.
That's potentially a lot of brew, so the event will have two buses -- one handicapped-accessible -- circulating between the four breweries.
And designated drivers will get a special wristband so they can ride
along with their friends.
Tickets are cash-only, so make sure to
bring some greenbacks. Buy them from any of the participating breweries,
and get your do-gooder guzzle on. It's tomorrow from 1 - 6 p.m.