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Imperial IPA for Autism

Our award-winning Imperial IPA is known for being rich in flavour and full-bodied.

However, each year we release our Imperial IPA for Autism. With $2 from every bottle sold going towards our fundraising efforts for Autism Research.

Thank you to Canada Malting (Malts), Metro Labels(Labels), and Tricorbraun (Bottles) who generously supported our 2014 production – without you this would not have been possible.

Retail Sales & Support

Over 2,000 cases of the limited release Imperial IPA for Autism will be released in April. As well, Central City will be accepting donations at its Liquor Store and Brewpub + Restaurant.

Licensee Glassware

Limited edition Imperial IPA for Autism 13oz Belgian style glasses will be sold through finer restaurants, pubs, and bars for $5.00 each with all profits go towards Autism Research.

Evening for Autism

On May 24, 2014, Central City Brewers + Distillers and Simon Fraser University are hosting a black-tie evening with both live and silent auctions funding our annual Imperial IPA for Autism program. This event will feature fine food canapés, craft beverages, our very own Red Racer girl, live music, in addition to the silent & live auctions with all proceeds going towards our fundraising efforts.

Your $100 (+taxes & fees) ticket includes canapés, appetizer stations, and numerous beverage stations featuring beer, wine and cocktails. To purchase tickets please click the buy tickets button below.

Why Autism?

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children – 1 in 42 boys. And the numbers are worse in British Columbia, which is a hotspot for Autism. It’s widespread, and it’s growing. We are also personally affected by it, and want to support the efforts to improve the lives of those that are affected by it.

A message from Darryll Frost, CEO & President:

Dear Friends,

As you may know, I’ve been involved with fundraising for Autism programs the last couple of years. Autism is a condition very close to my heart as my son Callum was diagnosed with Autism when he was two and a half years old. Autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys, and rates have been steadily increasing with a recent jump of 78% since 2006.

Last year Central City Brewers + Distillers (CCBD) launched our inaugural Imperial IPA for Autism program. Through the combined efforts of our Imperial IPA sale proceeds and Autism Dinner & Auction fundraiser, we managed to raise over $75,000 to help fund CAN (Canucks for Autism) and Dr. Suzanne Lewis’s efforts in the field of genetics as they relate to Autism.

This year we are pleased to announce that Central City Brewers + Distillers is partnering with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Science to help fund a new clinical trial of HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for children with Autism, the first of its kind in Canada. Research has shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve communications and behavior in children with Autism. Our goal is to raise $400,000 to make this trial happen.

Families with autistic children face tremendous challenges, they are tasked not only with bringing up a family but also with the immense stress of figuring out how to help their child overcome and manage Autism. For the vast majority, it could mean a split of the family through divorce and then the financial burden prevents their children from benefiting from ongoing therapies.

My motivation in writing this letter is to ask you to help. We need everyone we know to participate in helping every child with Autism lead the life they were born to live. We need to understand how to reverse the condition for those who have it, and stop it from ever forming for those who are susceptible to it. We as a community need to come together and reverse this plight, not just for those who have the condition but also for thousands of others who will develop Autism if we do nothing.

The four-year clinical trial will include collaborations from Dr. Suzanne Lewis, a leading geneticist from the University of British Columbia and Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists from SFU. Also supporting this trial are different faculty members of SFU and its environmental medicine and physiology unit (EMPU), home to Canada’s only civilian research hyper/hypobaric chamber.

On May 24, 2014, CCBD and SFU will hold a black-tie fundraising event with live and silent auctions to aid in the funding of this trial. We will also run our Imperial IPA for Autism campaign where $2 from the sale of each bottle will go towards the trial.

In order to raise the greatest amount of funds for this vital program, we need your help in supporting this vital program. Several wonderful donors from across Canada have already shown their support and provided items for both the silent and live auctions.

Any donations are welcome, either directly or through attending our Evening for Autism Fundraiser, buying a bottle of Imperial IPA for Autism, or purchasing Imperial IPA for Autism glassware at one of our licensed partners.

Autism has made an impact on my family, and our views of the world have changed as we see the world through Callum’s eyes. We have learned patience, compassion and hope. With your help we trust we’ll be able to reach our goal and make this clinical trial a reality. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working together with you to help improve the lives of those living with Autism all over the world.

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