A documentary crew following the journey of Lance Rice, who is autistic, and his goal to write a book about beer and brewing will be making one stop on Long Island Friday at Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue.
Lance, 55 and a Cleveland native, has been unable to share his vast knowledge of beer and brewing history -- garnered from his photographic memory -- with the world because he is autistic.
But now, with the help of his nephew Aaron Rice, Lance will be touring some of America's biggest breweries and writing his book. Aaron, a filmmaker, also hopes to document his uncle's journey on film.
Lance, Aaron, 32, and a five-person crew will be at Blue Point Brewery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to meet local beer enthusiasts. The event will also be filmed for use in the documentary, said Aaron, who is directing the film and in charge of the Lance's Brewery Tour project.
"We’re coming to Blue Point specifically because they have a good reputation in the craft beer industry on Long Island," Aaron said. "People actually emailed us" when they heard about the project, "and told us .?.?. you gotta go to Blue Point."
For the day, Blue Point will also be donating $1 from every pint sold to help Lance's cause and journey.
Lance's Brewery Tour, which kicked off June 20 in Cleveland, has taken Aaron, Lance and the crew to Pennsylvania and Delaware so far. After New York, Aaron said the group plans on heading to Boston.
Aaron said the goal of the journey, and resulting documentary and book -- which he hopes will be released next year -- is to use the proceeds and money raised to set up a foundation in Lance's name to support educational opportunities for people with autism.
Those interested in learning more about the trip can visit lancesbrewerytour.com.