Open the Tap for Hope is… Honey Cream Ale at MoMac Brewery
Portsmouth’s first brewery is tucked into a strip mall just off High Street in Churchland. It is a little hard to find. MoMac Brewing Company is GPS worthy. If you’ve already discovered it, you know the way. Otherwise, enter 3228 Academy on Saturday, May 19 for the Release Party of their latest brew, Hope is… Honey Cream Ale. This is a special release party. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Roc Solid Foundation.
Roc Solid, a nonprofit based in Chesapeake, “builds hope” for families facing pediatric cancer all over Hampton Roads. It was founded in 2009 by Eric Newman, who was diagnosed with liver cancer at age three, treated by the doctors at CHKD, and has been in remission ever since. Eric lost two first cousins to pediatric cancer, which forced the question, “Why me?”
The answer became his mission. Roc Solid Foundation builds on the power of comfort and hope for children with cancer and their families. Roc Solid gives children Ready Bags, a suitcase full of everything they might need on the family’s worst day, the day their child has to be admitted to the hospital to begin treatment.
Roc Solid does room makeovers for children, ages 8 – 18, who are forced to spend a lot of time in their bedrooms. They work with the children and their parents to discover their favorite colors and interests. Volunteers work with professional designers to make over the kid’s bedrooms from top to bottom, including new paint, fixtures and furniture.
Eric Newman, founder and “chief play officer” believes in “playing it forward.” When a young child is diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things that is taken away is the “opportunity to play.” Roc Solid and their volunteers have built hundreds of backyard playsets for cancer patients ages 1 – 8.
Scott Krick and Rob Hess, co-owners of MoMac Brewery believe that MoMac is “by the community, for the community.” Besides being driven to make the “best beer possible”, Scott and Rob have hosted community fundraisers since opening their brewery.
MoMac sits right on the border of Churchland, in Portsmouth and Western Branch, in Chesapeake. Scott says the location is perfect. There is plenty of parking, lots of room for food trucks and activities outdoors and an expansive space for those big kettles full of brewing beer.
Scott and Rob knew about the work of the Roc Solid Foundation. They were invited to volunteer on a playset build. When they saw volunteers who “stopped what they were doing for a day to raise up a family” that was going through so much, they were inspired to create a new beer and host a fundraiser for Roc Solid Foundation.
They wanted to use local ingredients. The new beer, Hope is… Honey Cream Ale is brewed with Virginia malts and honey from Black Water Honey Bee Farm in Ivor.
On Sunday, May 19, Roc Solid Foundation will be building playsets for three different families. All the families and the volunteers will be invited back to MoMac Brewing Company for the first taste of Hope is… Honey Cream Ale. The public is invited to celebrate with them from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be live music, food trucks and a special “Hope is..” cupcake from Twisted Sisters. All the proceeds will go to the Roc Solid Foundation. Scott hopes this will become an annual event.
For more information on Roc Solid Foundation and how you can volunteer, go to: http://rocsolidfoundation.org
For more information on MoMac Brewing Company and all of their events, go to: https://www.facebook.com/MoMac-Brewing-Company-280654268998260/