This Saturday, Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora, Colorado) will kick off a new event that serves as a triple-threat example of make-the-best-of-what-you’ve-got thinking. With a larger-than-usual array of its German-style creations on hand due to beers brewed for World Beer Cup entry, the brewery is showcasing its stein-friendly supply in a spring version of its fall Docktoberfest celebration called Nautoberfest.
The event will also include the brewery’s annual Can Bash, which got snowed out earlier this year and gives beer nuts the thrill of whacking low-fill and out-of-date cans of Dry Dock beer with a golf club. But to make sure its fans can keep drinking beer for years to come, Dry Dock is offering something else at Nautoberfest — oral cancer screening.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so the event will offer attendees free oral cancer screenings from the physicians at Concierge Medical Care. The fast and painless procedure involves a visual inspection of the inside of the mouth for sores and abnormalities, and a hands-on feeling of the neck and jawline for suspicious lumps under the skin.
The simple procedure is a lifesaver that Dry Dock publicist and idea man Marty Jones knows firsthand. While serving as Jones’s Kaiser Permanente physician in late 2020, Concierge Medical co-founder Dr. Chris Griffith screened Jones for oral cancer and found a small lump in Jones’s neck. It tested positive for cancer and led to the discovery of tongue cancer in Jones, and then surgical procedures to remove the cancers and surrounding lymph nodes.
“I’ve been told I’m a poster man for the benefits of early detection,” Jones says. “By finding that little lump in my neck,” he notes, “Dr. Griffith helped save my life and my quality of life. So we want everybody to be aware of the risks of oral cancer and the importance of getting regular screenings for it.”
About 25 Americans die of oral cancer each day and only about half of those diagnosed with it are alive beyond five years. Early detection shifts the survival rate dramatically, so Dry Dock wants beer-industry members and beer lovers to visit www.checkyourmouth.org to learn about the need for screening .
To see the therapeutic value of Can Bash and how Dry Dock turns its unsellable beer into stress-relieving fun, see the video at the very top. Nautoberfest’s liquid therapy will include Dry Dock’s medal-winning Docktoberfest marzen along with the brewery’s pilsner, helles, hefeweizen, alt, and a new cucumber gose that will be available soon in cans.
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