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Beer Benefits Brewer's Family After Wife Loses Cancer Battle

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    Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on brewers who've come together to craft a special beer to help the wife of a fellow brewer in her battle with cancer. (Published Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016)

    You can help a family that is still reeling from the loss of a mom by sharing a specially brewed beer Friday night.

    Kerri's Cure was named for a young mom who recently lost her battle with cancer.

    When Kerri and her husband, Matt Rose, learned last year Kerri was pregnant after years of trying, they were elated. Then in her 27th week of pregnancy, they learned she had stomach cancer.

    Because of the cancer, baby Lance was delivered early in September.

    “It’s not a diagnosis you ever want to hear at any age,” Matt Rose said. "We're very happy that Lance is OK."

    Matt Rose runs Forge Brew Works in Lorton, and when fellow brewers learned about what he and his wife faced, they jumped in to help.

    “It hit us pretty hard, and we're like, What can you do?” said Casey Jones, who owns Fair Winds Brewing. “So we immediately turned to, Let’s do what we do well. Let’s brew a beer.”

    Word went out, and 20 brewers answered the call. “Beer is always a nice thing, but a good beer for a great cause is even better,” said Kristi Griner of Capitol City Brewing Co.

    All 20 breweries will offer the beer tonight in their taprooms, and the proceeds will help with the Rose family's medical bills.

    “'Overwhelming' is the word I've been using a lot, because it is,” Matt Rose said at the time the beer benefit was announced. “So many good people here. It just makes you feel like everybody's on your side.”

    The special beer will be on tap Jan. 29 at these breweries:

    • Adroit Theory Brewing Company
    • Adventure Brewing Company
    • Bad Wolf Brewing Company
    • Caboose Brewing Company
    • Capitol City Brewing Company
    • Corcoran Brewing Company
    • Crooked Run Brewing
    • Fair Winds Brewing Company
    • Forge Brew Works
    • Heritage Brewing Company
    • Lost Rhino Brewing Company
    • Mad Fox Brewing Company
    • Ocelot Brewing Company
    • Old Bust Head Brewing Company
    • Old Ox Brewery
    • Ornery Beer Company
    • Port City Brewing Company
    • Spencer Devon
    • Tin Cannon Brewing Company
    • Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery

    Or visit the GoFundMe page for Kerri Rose.