If you’re from the Seattle area and you enjoy Georgetown Brewing Company‘s beers, then there’s a good chance you know the story behind Bob’s Brown Ale. For those of you who aren’t aware, Bob’s Brown Ale is a special beer that Georgetown brews just once a year, in honor of their dearly departed friend, Charles ‘Bob’ Hirsch. Bob was a child fighting cancer at Ronald McDonald House and Georgetown’s own Manny Chao was Bob’s camp counselor at Camp Goodtimes.
After Bob lost his battle, Georgetown wanted to help others in need. So they donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Bob’s Brown Ale each year to the Ronald McDonald Charities of Western Washington and Alaska. For this special event, The Westin Bellevue is donating all of their proceeds for this special release of Bob’s Brown to Ronald McDonald House Charities as well.
It’s rare to still find any Bob’s around Seattle by the end of June, since it’s released each year on May 14th, which is Bob’s birthday. Coming up on July 8th however, you’ll be able to find it at a special BBQ to help raise even more money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Here is some more information about this event from Ronald McDonald Charities of Western Washington and Alaska:
On July 8th at 4:00PM the Westin Bellevue’s Cypress Patio & Lounge with our friends from Georgetown Brewing Company will hold “Bob’s Brown Ale BBQ” to support RMHC. Georgetown will be bringing their special craft beer, Bob’s Brown Ale, that’s big, hoppy and not to be missed. There’s no better way to enjoy the sun, have a beer, eat some BBQ, and hang out with friends all while supporting a great cause. If that is not enough, we will have awesome raffle prizes as well, including brewery tours, apparel and SPG points! The Westin Bellevue donates 100% of all the proceeds from this limited release of Bob’s Brown Ale to RMHC, which provides housing to families of children with serious illnesses.
More About Bob’s Brown Ale:
Charles “Bob” Hirsch was a child fighting cancer at the House who came to us all the way from Alaska. During his stay, he went to Camp Goodtimes, a special camp for kids with cancer. His camp counselor was Manny Chao, the brewmaster of Georgetown Brewing and the two hit it off. When Charles passed away, Manny decided to brew a beer in his honor every year on May 14th, Charles’ birthday. The beer is a limited run and extremely popular for its big hoppy taste. Georgetown Brewing donates 100% of the proceeds of Bob’s Brown Ale to RMHC. In 2014, the beer made over $100,000 for the House and we are so grateful for Georgetown Brewing’s support.
We support seriously ill children and their families who are far from home for their child’s treatment. By providing a place to live, full of support, community, and hope, the Seattle Ronald McDonald House® becomes a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close to their child during treatment at little or no cost. We operate on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care.
Some come out to Bellevue on July 8th, have some BBQ, enjoy a Bob’s Brown Ale and help provide support for sick children and their families.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.