Brewer Jeffrey Craig of Walkerville Brewery had a passion for craft beer. When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 he did not let it stop him from doing what he loved. Using his science background and support from friends at Craft Heads Brewing Company and Walkerville Brewery, he collaborated on a beer featuring dandelions as a main ingredient to help in the fight against cancer.
“I was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer in late September, and immediately went to the brewery to resign from my position. Walkerville refused to accept my resignation, and instead insisted I take an indefinite leave, telling me to come back whenever I felt ready. The brewing community is rather small, and news of my diagnosis and indefinite leave travelled fast. Bryan Datoc, owner of Craft Heads Brewing Company, knew that like most brewers, brewing was my hobby first and career second. He quickly reached out to me and let me know I was welcome in his brewhouse whenever I felt the itch to brew again. It did not take long for the itch to come, and from this the idea of a collaboration brew was born. The generosity shown by both Walkerville Brewery and Craft Head Brewing Company has been staggering; I’m incredibly thankful and proud to be a part of the wonderful brewing community in Windsor. I’m beyond excited for the release of the Fine n’ Dandy saison, I just hope people like it enough to order a second… for charity”
– Jeffrey Craig
‘Fine N’ Dandy’ Belgian Saison was brewed with a local dandelion tea from Simon Steeps and is available on tap at Craft Heads starting April 6th. Bottles will be made available the following Friday April 13th. Walkerville Brewery offers their own version of a Fine N’ Dandy Dandelion Pilsener in casks. T-shirts celebrating this brew and the first ever Windsor/Windsor brewery collaboration are for sale throughout the month of April at both brewery locations. As April is Daffodil Month, 100% of proceeds from each T-shirt as well as each pint sold will go towards Canadian Cancer Society In Jeffrey's name.