Summer brew for a cause

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Rocky Ridge's Hamish Coates and Ricky Watt toast Darrens Ride organisor Kirsten Whitby
Camera IconRocky Ridge's Hamish Coates and Ricky Watt toast Darrens Ride organisor Kirsten Whitby Credit: Picture: Jackson Lavell-Lee

Darren’s Ride and Rocky Ridge Brewing Company have teamed up to launch a beer named Out Of The Blue on Australia Day at Darleen’s.

All the profits will be given to the fundraising initiative run by Kirsten Whitby in the name of her late husband Darren Whitby.

Darren passed away at 50 years of age because of an aggressive form of motor neuron disease.

“Darren was a fit, intelligent man. He surfed and had four university degrees,” Mrs Whitby said.

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“When MND strikes, it turns your life upside down.”

Darren’s Ride proceeds provide counselling and financial support for newly diagnosed MND sufferers through MND WA and treatment research through MND Australia.

In Australia, two people are diagnosed and two people die from MND every day.

Darleen’s will open on the public holiday especially for the event, which will include the auction of a uniquely designed Out Of The Blue surfboard donated by Yahoo surfboards.

The beer’s logo will be included on the board featuring Darren’s dog, a blue heeler with one blue eye, riding a surf board. The beer will be relaunched every summer, with all future proceeds going to MND WA and MND Australia.

Director of Rocky Ridge Brewing Co Hamish Coates said the idea was first discussed two years ago.

“It’s taken a while to find the time and the tank space to give this cause justice,” he said.

“Now the beer’s ready, it’s looking really good.”

Sales Distribution and Logistics Manager Ricky Watt said it was an easy-drinking summer beer. “The idea is Single Malt and Single Hop or SMASH, which provides a nice light tropical fruit nose and a really clean finish,” he said.

Mrs Whitby said: “I know Darren would love it, he would be so proud and I am so grateful to Rocky Ridge.”

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