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Local brewers make 'Ales for ALS'

Dozens of brewers across the country are participating in a campaign to raise money for ALS awareness. Several Massachusetts breweries are involved, including Cambridge Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewery, Wormtown Brewery, and Samuel Adams.

As part of the program, participant brewers received a special blend of experimental hops donated by B.T. Loftus Ranches and Hopunion. Portions of the sale of beers from these hops will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Harpoon is tapping their beer Wednesday night, May 22, at their Seaport beer hall. The beer hall closes for a private party at 7 p.m. that night but the beer, a session IPA, will be on tap in the following days.

CBC’s contribution is called “The Cure” and will be available on tap at the brewpub in early June. Two batches of this India Pale Ale will be produced, focusing on the prominent notes of herbs, fruit, floral, and citrus provided by the hops.

ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cure for the disease. About 5,000 people in the US are diagnosed with ALS each year.

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