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Sand City bartender fights cancer with a little help from his friends

People by: Chrissy Ruggeri, December 19, 2022

Proceeds from the newly released “With a Little Help From My Friends” IPA by Sand City Brewing will be donated to bartender George Blouin, who is fighting stage 3 colorectal cancer.

George Blouin is a beloved Northport resident who has made countless friends as a bartender at both Sand City Brewing Co. in Northport Village and The Lark in East Northport. A graduate of John Glenn High School, George is a musician who has played in bands across Long Island and New Jersey; he has become a fixture in the community through his local work. “He’s known all over town and greets every dog he sees by name,” his brother Dan wrote in a GoFundMe set up last month, after learning that George was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer.

George, who recently turned 34, has begun treatment that involves a combination of chemo and radiation therapy lasting months, followed by surgery. TheGoFund me is to help with his medical bills and living expenses, alleviating the financial burden of his illness and need to take time off from work.

“George is a fighter and has been dealing with this pain in his body for some time now, not knowing what was going on. Now he has a plan to fight back,” Dan wrote.

Last week, Sand City Brewing, where George has worked since 2016, released an IPA named “With a Little Help From My Friends.” A QR code on the label links to the GoFundMe. All proceeds from the beer’s sales will go to the fund, and on January 7 beginning at noon, Sand City’s Lindenhurst location will hold a special public fundraiser for George with music, food and raffles.

To donate to the GoFundMe setup for George, click here.

Four-packs of “With a Little Help From My Friends” are available at both Sand City locations.