Foley’s NYC “Craft Beer for a Cause” Hosted by Kurt Epps, “The Pub Scout” Celebrates Great Brews, and Benefits Ailing Former Wrestler.
Proceeds from Craft Beer Event to Help 26-Year Old Brett Epps, Who Is Battling a Rare Kidney Disease.
Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd St.), one New York’s premier sports bars, will host “Craft Beer for a Cause” on Monday, Feb. 16th, 2015, beginning at 5 p.m. Foley’s, which boasts more than 100 craft beers on its beer list, is hosting this party with a purpose to help the son of nationally-recognized beer writer Kurt Epps, “The Pub Scout,” who has organized a sampling of some of his favorite beers. They include Ramstein Beer, produced by High Point Brewing in Butler, NJ, Climax Brewing Company, a microbrewer based in Roselle Park, NJ, and the Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company, based in Cherry Hill, NJ. All three beers are hard to find in the state of New York.
A percentage of the money that Foley’s makes on the evening of February 16th will help Brett Epps, a 26-year old former wrestling champion who is suffering from FSGS, a rare kidney disorder better known as Nephrotic syndrome. Brett was diagnosed with FSGS in October 2014 and his physician advised that he go on dialysis in preparation for a kidney transplant. About 5,000 patients are diagnosed with FSGS each year.
“Kurt is a friend of Foley’s and when I became aware of his son’s health condition, I wanted to do something to help make a difference,” said Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant. “Since we carry a growing selection of craft beers and because of Kurt’s expertise as one of the country’s top beer experts, it seemed like a natural fit.”
The amateur wrestling community has rallied around him at a number of events in New Jersey. The event at Foley’s will help reach new audiences of beer aficionados in New York City.
“I am honored that Foley’s reached out to me and offered to host a benefit for Brett,” said Kurt Epps, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach at Rutgers Prep, who also publishes The Pub Scout blog. “The funds we raise will be used to offset the thousands of dollars in medical bills and associated costs during his treatment.”
Numerous athletes have participated in Foley’s fundraising events, including Brian Cashman, David Cone, David Robertson, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Dillon Gee, Sean Casey, Joe McEwing, and David Wright.
Since it opened in 2004, Foley’s has raised more than $300,000 to benefit charities such as George Martin’s “a Journey for 9/11,” David Robertson’s High Socks for Hope, the David Wright Foundation, Defending The Blue Line, Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure, MSG’s Garden of Dreams, The Jimmy Fund, Tug McGraw Foundation, Umps Care, USO, Wounded Warriors, and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, among others.
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A popular destination among athletes, executives, umpires, media, and fans, Foley’s is located at 18 W. 33rd St., across from the Empire State Building. The “Irish bar with a baseball attitude” features walls adorned with 3,000 autographed balls, hundreds of bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts. Foley’s is home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and boasts one of the country’s most extensive public displays of baseball memorabilia outside of Cooperstown. Call (212) 290-0080 or visit FoleysNY.com, Facebook Page Facebook.com/FoleysNYPub or Twitter at Twitter.com/FoleysNY.