Beer fans eagerly welcome limited edition of 'Bob's Brown Ale'

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by LORI MATSUKAWA / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 8:50 PM

For the eighth year, craft beer afficionados eagerly welcomed this year's Bob's Brown Ale. So who is Bob and why are we drinking his beer?

Every May 14, Georgetown Brewery releases a limited edition of Bob's Brown Ale on Bob Hirsch's birthday.

Bob was a friend of Georgetown co-owner Manny Chao. They met at a camp for kids with life threatening illnesses when Manny was a counselor.  Bob lost his battle with cancer shortly after his 21st birthday. 

In his honor, Georgetown Brewing created the Brown Ale. Proceeds from the sales in taverns, bars and growlers at the brewery benefit Ronald McDonald House, where Bob and his family lived during his hospitalization.

In the last seven years, Bob's Brown Ale sales (and the silent auctions and raffles that go along with its release) have raised more than $330,000 for RMH. Manny says it's easy for Georgetown Brewing to raise money - just be passionate about it. 

"Also, it's a little easier for us because we make beer. I think if we had a toaster oven fundraiser, it wouldn't be as fun," said Manny.

The Nickerson Street Saloon in Fremont says 100 percent of all proceeds from the sale of Bob's Brown Ale Tuesday night will go to Ronald McDonald House. 

Beer drinkers can find information on other locations you can find the limited edition of Bob's Brown Ale here.

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