In cycling parlance there’s no greater goal than simply “living the life.” When you’re riding well, feeling good, getting faster, and enjoying the ride, when riding becomes a form of meditation, transcendence, and time travel, then you’re closing in on that vaunted dream of “living the life.”
Gary Bonacker, despite having brain cancer for the last decade, is in his own wonderful and powerful way, living the life. Instead of retreating, he’s bravely going forward. Instead of resentment, his heart is full of good cheer. Instead of going sour, he’s grateful for the promise of better days ahead.
At Worthy, we salute Gary Bonacker and the spirit he embodies. He’s going for the gold, and he’s giving back. To honor Gary’s spirit, Worthy has brewed a special beer: Gary’s No Quit Wit, a true to style Belgian wit.
Gary’s No Quit Wit is the perfect beer to cap off an exhilarating ride, walk, run, hike, or day in the garden. Straw-colored and cloudy, this crisp, tart and refreshing wit is as good as it’s aroma suggests. You know it’s good when the aroma itself is so blissful you can sit your drink down and “chew on it.” We used a special blend of coriander, orange peel and other herbs to spice up the flavor. It goes down smooth with a spicy, tangy, and dry finish that calls out for more.
For every case sold, Worthy will donate $2 to the Tour des Chutes, the charity bike ride that Gary created 8 years ago. The TdC donates the proceeds from the ride, which is held on June 13th in Bend, Oregon, to the St. Charles Cancer Survivorship Program. You can enjoy a great beer and help give back to a worthy cause.
As you can see, we adorned Gary with the coveted polka dot jersey, which in major stage races (such as the Tour de France) is awarded to the cyclist who wins the most intra-race mountain top sprints. To win that jersey, the rider has to put his entire heart, soul and body into conquering not only outrageously steep climbs, but also suppressing fear, pain and agony.
Gary is doing just that. So here’s a toast to Gary Bonacker! May he continue to “dance on the pedals” with a smile on his face and a fire in his belly.
Where Can you Buy Gary’s No Quit Wit?
Worthy will be selling Gary’s No Quit Wit in 22 oz bottles on July 24th at selected retailers in the State of Oregon only.
You can enjoy Gary’s No Quit Wit on draft at Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon. We will tap the beer on July 10th at noon. At around 6:30pm, Gary will be here for a special toast. Please join Worthy Brewing, Gary and the Tour des Chutes team for this epic event. No quit. No excuses. Just a steadfast passion for living well.
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Drats! That’s the sound of can-do “Beer.Boom.Done.” bravado colliding violently with the cool, quiet calmness of Beetopianism.
Bottom line: Mid August. We’ll be rolling out our Worthy IPA and East Side Pale first. Soon after that we’ll be canning our Lights Out Stout and Kolsch. Check out the labels.
We’re very excited to get the show on the road. Our very first purchase -- even before we poured our foundation for our brewery-restaurant -- was our Mother of All Craft canning lines. We selected the Vimercati because of it’s sterling record for quality. And we’re big believers in the hop flavor preservation, recyclability, tote-ability and chill-ability benefits of cans.
But we’ll just have to wait a bit longer. In the meantime, enjoy your hikes, bikes, boats and floats. And imagine an ice chest, or cooler, or back pack full of Worthy’s finest canned beers waiting for you at the end of the trail.
Oh, for a listing of accounts which carry Worthy beer on draft, please click here.