It all began while a daughter watched her mother fight breast cancer and was shocked to find Complementary Alternative Medical Treatments are rarely if ever covered by health care plans. It was an eye opening experience to discover those treatments made her mother feel better and aided in her recovery.
Thus, The BreastFest Beer Festival, a non-profit 501(c)(3) was born as a way to help raise money for and support the state licensed non-profit clinics offering alternative medical treatments for low-income women diagnosed with cancer. These services include acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs, massage, therapeutic imagery, social services, organic foods and transportation. The core mission is to provide relief from the terrible side affects of cancer and it's treatments (pain, nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite,) to enhance immune function and better the quality of life for women battling cancer. Low income women in the U.S. are four times more likely to die from their form of cancer than those living above the federal poverty line. For this reason we seek to level the playing field and offer women tools to complete their prescribed cancer treatments, thereby increasing their chances of survival.
In July, 2001 the first Brewfest was held in Marin County, CA, hosting 16 local breweries, it was a successful start for many more to come. Every year we welcome local breweries, local food purveyors and Bay Area musicians who all join together to help women gain access to alternative means of cancer therapy!
This is a festival organized for the purpose of helping those in need, created in an era in which beer-tasting events were far and few between. The Breastfest has become an elite presence for breweries on the West Coast and beyond, it gives the craft brewing industry a way to create camaraderie for a worthy cause. It's an event at which beer pioneers and festive attendees join hands and give back to the community committed to beating cancer!