DUBCO in Bay Shore hosting fundraiser for Parkinson’s research April 10


This Sunday, Long Islanders can drink a brew for a great cause at DUBCO in Bay Shore.

Last year, DUBCO production manager John Fraioli pitched a beer to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. After getting the green light, he brewed his first batch of “Release the Tulips,” a nod to the flower for Parkinson’s.

“It’s a very approachable q hazy New England IPA, a little floral, a little residual sweetness,” Fraioli said of his 7.5% ABV creation. “It was designed to be as approachable to as many different people as possible.”

Now, Fraioli helped organize the brewery’s inaugural “Release the Tulips” fundraiser. The event, which kicks off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, will raise funds for the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Food, and of course plenty of beer, are in store for those who come, with the Eat Me Drink Me food truck anchored on site.

Various restaurants, bars and breweries donated over 20 different prizes for raffles. Among the most desirable prizes is a signed New York Islanders jersey.

Proceeds from the Release the Tulips beer, as well as from sales Fraioli’s self-published poetry book, “Thoughts from the Brew Deck,” will be added to donations.

While the event will bring good times for those who attend, the fundraiser holds a more personal significance for Fraioli.

“I’m actually a caregiver for my father who has Parkinson’s and his father before him had it and my step-father also has it,” he said. “It’s a cause very near and dear to my heart.”