Windsor, Ontario – Brewer Jeffrey Craig of Walkerville Brewery has a passion for craft beer and was recently diagnosed with cancer, but he is not letting this stop him from doing what he loves. Using his science background, he and friends from Craft Heads Brewing Company have collaborated on a beer to help in the fight against cancer. After some deliberation amongst Brewers, it was decided that they would make a beer featuring dandelions as a main ingredient. A recipe was quickly crafted, and after several experiments a brew was perfected!
‘Fine N’ Dandy’ is a Belgian Saison brewed with local dandelion tea and will be available on tap only at Craft Heads for the entire month of April. T-shirts celebrating this new brew and the first ever Windsor/Windsor brewery collaboration will also be available. As April is Daffodil Month, 100% of proceeds from each T-shirt as well as each pint sold will go towards The Canadian Cancer Society.
“I was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer in late September, and immediately went to the brewery to resign from my position. Walkerville refused to accept my resignation, and instead insisted I take an indefinite leave, telling me to come back whenever I felt ready. The brewing community is rather small, and news of my diagnosis and indefinite leave travelled fast. Bryan Datoc, owner of Craft Heads Brewing Company, knew that like most brewers, brewing was my hobby first and career second. He quickly reached out to me and let me know I was welcome in his brewhouse whenever I felt the itch to brew again. It did not take long for the itch to come, and from this the idea of a collaboration brew was born. The generosity shown by both Walkerville Brewery and Craft Head Brewing Company has been staggering; I’m incredibly thankful and proud to be a part of the wonderful brewing community in Windsor. I’m beyond excited for the release of the Fine n’ Dandy saison, I just hope people like it enough to order a second… for charity” – Jeffrey Craig.