Squamish’s Backcountry Brewing is honouring the memory of local artist Chili Thom and raising money for cancer research at the same time. The brewery released Suck It Cancer this week, a double dry-hopped pale ale (5.5% ABV, 28 IBU) with proceeds from the sale of the beer going to the Terry Fox Foundation. The label features artwork from Thom, who succumbed to cancer in 2016, with Backountry and Thom’s estate collaborating on the final can design. Vancouver’s Summit Labels generously donated the beautiful labels for the 473 mL tall cans.
The beer itself is a throwback to Backcountry’s Suck It Trebek DDH Pale Ale, a fan favourite and gold medal winner at the 2018 BC Beer Awards. Backcountry founder Ben Reeder says the brewery hopes to raise more than $5,000 for cancer research with Suck It Cancer.
Backcountry is planning a Suck It Cancer launch party tonight, Sept. 26, from 7-11pm. The beer will also be available at liquor stores and select draught locations across the province.