Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. is again supporting Pints for Prostates' Crowns for a Cure awareness campaign.

The Akron brewery will feature special bottle caps with the Pints for Prostates logo on the outside and messages on the inside on bottles of Barktoberfest, Labrador Lager and Blood Orange IPA this month. (September)

"We have participated every year in this program," Thirsty Dog co-owner John Najeway said. "We are all touched by someone fighting cancer or that has. This is another way to bring awareness. On a personal note, my father who is obviously a craft beer supporter also at age 93 is a prostate cancer survivor and endorses our efforts one pint at a time."

More than 50 craft breweries around the United States are using the bottle caps from the nonprofit Pints for Prostates, which will distribute 4.8 million of them. It's the fourth year for the program.

“Crowns for a Cure will start thousands of conversations this fall and encourage guys who might otherwise avoid the topic to talk with their doctors and schedule health screenings,” Pints for Prostates founder and prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke said in a prepared statement. “We have the support of some great breweries who will put a lifesaving reminder in the hands of men. The craft beer community has been an amazing supporter of Pints for Prostates during the last decade.”

In addition to Thirsty Dog, the following breweries are participating:


·       Alamo Beer Co., San Antonio, Texas

·       AleSmith Brewery, San Diego, Calif.

·       Barrel of Monks Brewing, Boca Raton, Fla.

·       Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, La.

·       Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, Mich.

·       Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont.

·       Brothers Craft Brewing, Harrisonburg, Va.

·       Central Waters Brewing, Amherst, Wisc.

·       Coronado Brewing, San Diego, Calif.

·       D9 Brewing, Cornelius, N.C.

·       Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

·       Devils Backbone Brewing, Lexington, Va.

·       Double Barley Brewing, Smithfield, N.C.

·       DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore, Md.

·       Durty Bull Brewing, Durham, N.C.

·       Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Ore.

·       Fish Brewing, Olympia, Wash.

·       Flying Fish Brewing, Somerdale, N.J.

·       Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, N.C.

·       Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, Mich.

·       Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park, Fla.

·       Garden Path Fermentation, Burlington, Wash.

·       Grand Teton Brewing, Victor, Idaho

·       Great Basin Brewing, Reno, Nev.

·       Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, Va.

·       Heavy Seas Beer, Baltimore, Md.

·       Kros Strain Brewing, LaVista, Neb.

·       Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho

·       Lazy Magnolia Brewing, Kiln, Miss.

·       Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, Colo.

·       MKE Brewing, Milwaukee, Wisc.

·       Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, N.C.

·       New Holland Brewing, Holland, Mich.

·       NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.

·       Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, N.C.

·       The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte, N.C.

·       Penn Brewery, Pittsburgh, Pa.

·       Pike Brewing, Seattle, Wash.

·       Postdoc Brewing, Redmond, Wash.

·       Prairie Artisan Ales, Krebs, Okla.

·       RJ Rockers Brewing, Spartanburg, S.C.

·       Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.

·       Schlafly Beer, St. Louis, Mo.

·       Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood, N.Y.

·       Toppling Goliath Brewing, Decorah, Iowa

·       Victory Brewing, Downington, Pa.

·       Verboten Brewing, Loveland, Colo.

·       VonSeitz Theoreticales, Smithville, Tenn.

·       Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, Pa.

·       Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, Ore.

·       Wormtown Brewery, Worcester, Mass.

·       Yazoo Brewing, Nashville, Tenn.

·       Zipline Brewing, Lincoln, Neb.


Beer drinkers who spot the special bottle caps are encouraged to tag photos on social media with #CrownsforaCure and @pints4prostates, along with the brewery name and location where the bottle caps were found.