Last year, Pints for Parkinson’s raised more than $23,000. | Courtesy of Pints for Parkinson’s

The concept is simple: Drink a beer, help raise funds for a good cause.

In the four years Gordon Biersch has been hosting Pints for Parkinson’s, that very concept has produced more than $50,000 for the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting those with Parkinson’s disease.

This year’s benefit will be held on Wednesday, April 17, from 5 to 10 p.m., and literally, all you have to do is show up and drink one of the Fourth Street Live brewery’s Maibock beers. Of course in doing, so you’ll also be encouraged to stay a while and listen to live music from Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Jericho Woods, plus participate in a silent auction and be eligible to win a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle.

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys | Courtesy of Pints for Parkinson’s

Gordon Biersch also is opening its doors to other brewers for the event, so beers from Country Boy, Braxton, Against the Grain, Goodwood, Monnik, West Sixth and many more will be available as well.

For Gordon Biersch general manager Jason Smith, the benefit is a personal one, as he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago.

“I’m excited to help raise awareness to a great local organization that focuses on the education and well-being of not only patients but loved ones as well,” Smith said in a news release. “Having recently been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s, they are a great resource of information, community and support for a disease that doesn’t always have an explanation.”

Erika Branch, executive director of the Parkinson Support Center, said in the release that because of Pints for Parkinson’s, more than 200 people impacted by the disease are able to attend the annual “Living Well with Parkinson’s Symposium” free of charge each year.

“We are looking forward to year five and sincerely appreciate the commitment and support of all who helped to organize this wonderful event,” she added.

Pints for Parkinson’s is free to attend and will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. The live music will begin at 5:30 p.m. outside at Fourth Street Live, and many restaurants within the facility, including Gordon Biersch, will be donating 10 percent of their dinner sales to the cause as well. These include The Tavern, Sport and Social, and Guy Fieri’s.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."