Former Melbourne footballer David Neitz was in Shepparton last Tuesday to help raise funds and awareness of motor neurone disease on a tour across Victoria.
Mr Neitz, who founded Brewmanity Beer Co with Paul Hopgood, has partnered with First Choice Liquor and visited the local store to launch his new pale ale Social Beast, which will raise funds for the MND Foundation.
‘‘Every beer we sell will see a portion of the proceeds going to the foundation. It’s part of our ethos. We hope each beer will bring a little good with it and start a conversation,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve already raised $150000 for the foundation so far since we first started brewing in 2015.’’
Mr Neitz was inspired by Neale Daniher, his former coach of almost 10 years, who has MND.
‘‘What Neale does now as a campaigner for medical research is amazing,’’ he said.
‘‘What we are doing is offering a small bit of support while we follow our beer dream.’’
‘‘MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease that can strike anyone with no known cure and no effective treatment.’’
Each day in Australia two people die from MND and two people are diagnosed with MND.
Mr Neitz described the beer as his second attempt at a pale ale and full of dry hops and tropical flavour.