Hey all! Lindsay here!
Riverbank Brewing is honored to be participating in Ales for ALS again this year! We do this in honor of my dad, Mike Kinnan. He lost his horrific four-year battle with ALS on February 11th, 2013. Ten years later and I still miss him every single day.
Ales for ALS is a fundraising program where craft breweries create delicious beer from an experimental hop blend donated from Yakima Chief Hops in return for portions of pints sold going to ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
The way I explain ALS is that it paralyzes you, then it kills you. That’s it. It attacks the cells in your brain and spinal cord so they can’t tell your muscles to move. There is no cure and usually ALS patients have only a life expectancy of 3-5 years after symptoms start showing. It’s a torturous disease and research and help for ALS families must continue. They need all the help they can get.
Our Ales for ALS beer this year is an IPA named 1370 (thirteen seventy). The name pays homage to my hometown radio station,1370 KGNO in Dodge City, Kansas. The station that started my Dad’s career in radio, his first job there being a disc jockey. He always said he couldn’t believe he was getting paid to play music! His love for music lives on in me, my family and those that knew him.
1370 is smooth, filled with citrus flavor and made from a hop blend of HBC 522, Simcoe, Loral, Ekuanot, Talus, HBC 586 and HBC 630. Joshua brewed this beer with a whole lotta love. He only got to know my Dad for a short time, but that time was filled with laughter, watching KU basketball, asking for my hand in marriage and talking about music.
Cheers and love,