Prostate gland (as defined by Wordnetweb): a firm partly muscular chestnut sized gland in males at the neck of the urethra; produces a viscid secretion that is the fluid part of semen.

Okay, so it’s not exactly the sort of thing you want to think about when you’re knocking back a frothy brewsky. But the point of the nonprofit Pints for Prostates is about getting past embarrassment-induced reticence, promoting open dialogue about viscid secretion producers (and the illnesses that plague them) via the power of beer. Founded by a drinks journo/prostate-cancer survivor, the North Carolina organization promotes early screening for prostate cancer which, I just learned, affects one in six American men.

On the evening of Wednesday, June 16, Pike Brewing will be donating proceeds from beer sales to Pints for Prostates, which in turn donates money to prostate research. Expect a silent auction with loot from the likes of Tom Douglas Restaurants, Beecher’s, and Click Distributing. Okay then, mark your calendars.

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