Ovarian Cancer affects 1 in almost 70 women and is the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Caught early, ovarian cancer is treatable. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is rarely caught early. That’s why it’s important to get the word out.
One such organization raising awareness and funding in the Tampa Bay area is the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation. In 2003, Ms. Mastry’s family and friends began the organization to help spread the word about the disease that would claim her life the following year. The organization continues to donate to research and other charitable causes and host events like the annual One Step Closer To The Cure 5 and 10k.
One person who has benefitted from the organization is Kelly Smith, a local ovarian cancer survivor that partnered with Largo’s Barley Mow Brewing to release Live Your Dash (Blonde Ale, 4.8% ABV, 20 IBU), part of Barley Mow’s Collaboration for a Cause series.
The name of the beer comes from a 1996 poem by Linda Ellis. Basically, in the words of Barley Mow’s marketing manager Tom Barris, there’s a day we’re born and a day we die. The space in between is your dash, so live your dash to the fullest.
So, to celebrate this, Live Your Dash was brewed. It’s a blonde ale with lime added, and it’s incredibly piquant. It’s got a bright straw color and a very sharp and dry flavor. The lime adds a good amount of tartness to the beer, without making the beer overly citrusy.
Bready malt flavors are very light, and hops are even less so. It’s a refreshing and quintessentially Florida beer, and almost a shame that it was a special one off.
As for the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation, you can get more information and donate at OvarianCancerFoundation.org.
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