Lance’s Brewery Tour
If it took thirty-five years for your dream to come true, would you give up? Now in his mid-fifties, Lance Rice is a gifted beer historian with a photographic memory. For nearly forty years Lance has used his computer-like mind to memorize a staggering amount of knowledge in beer and brewery history. Yet even more astonishing is the fact that Lance has never been able to share his passion with the world… Lance is autistic.
Lance’s Brewery Tour is a journey, a film and a book – and for Lance, it is a dream come true. Lance’s dream is to travel to America’s greatest breweries and write a book about the history and culture of American breweries. His book will be a beautiful written and photographic encyclopedia of American beer culture past and present. Lance’s Brewery Tour will also be a feature length documentary about Lance’s inspiring journey from being a “low-functioning” child to overcoming the odds and becoming an author who hopes help others with autism. With the nation’s most notable breweries standing behind Lance and his story already making national news, Lance’s Brewery Tour is poised to become a landmark film and and book!
Lance’s Brewery Tour, however, is more than just a film and book. It is a project that will inspire and change the world – and that’s just the beginning. Through Lance’s Brewery Tour we will be able to establish a charity called Lance’s Room, which will help others with autism achieve their dreams, attend college, receive vocational training and more. Through Lance’s dream we will be able to impact lives for years to come!
Lance’s Brewery Tour – 1st Look Trailer
Lance’s Autism: Defying the Odds
Around the age of 4 Lance’s parents noticed significant changes in Lance’s behavior, emotions and communication. As Lance grew older his ability to communicate, develop motor skills, express emotions and participate in school worsened. During a time when autism was less understood, Lance was institutionalized for 8 months and underwent treatments and tests, many of which are considered unethical or illegal today. By adolescence Lance was considered low-functioning, “slow” and “retarded.” He was afraid to leave his home, had trouble communicating even with his family and was riddled with phobias.
Lance graduated high school through special education and vocational training, earning his diploma in “Building Maintenance.” Remarkably, Lance developed the most as an adult. He overcame many phobias and developmental challenges in his mid-to-late twenties, improving his communication skills, life skills and emotional understanding. Once considered “low-functioning” and unable to leave his own home, today Lance goes for walks and bike rides alone, shops and volunteers in his community. Lance’s life story is miraculous. Now at age 55, he has grown tremendously once again. Since Lance’s Brewery Tour began he has taken interviews with TV and radio hosts, newspapers and made public appearances. His family is astonished by his new found confidence, pride and joy. Lance’s development as well as the incredible changes he is experiencing as a result of the nation supporting his dream will be the subject of the Lance’s Brewery Tour documentary.
Lance’s Room – Inspire. Educate. Give.
Lance’s Brewery Tour will show the world the beauty of autism. It will inspire and give hope to those touched by autism. The film and the book have potential to become landmark works of art in both cinema and literature – but that is just the beginning. Lance’s Brewery Tour will give us the means to launch Lance’s Room, a charity to help others with autism achieve their dreams and provide support to families touched by autism. We have already begun working with schools, colleges and organizations that offer job training to the disabled community to establish scholarships and funds in Lance’s name.
As Lance’s Brewery Tour progresses, we will provide more information on all the amazing things in store for Lance’s Room. When you give to Lance’s Brewery Tour, you are becoming part of a legacy that will live on and help others for years to come. There is no thank you large enough to show our gratitude. Here are a few quotes from families who have already been touched by Lance’s story… and this is the heart of everything we are trying to accomplish.
Words cannot express the journey my wife and I are undertaking with our son Jack, and I understand very well the challenges Lance goes through every day. I can’t imagine where Jack will be at 55, or the challenges we will face along the way, but I hope he has such a loving and supportive family around him as Lance does.
Good Luck! Our daughter is mentally disabled and we know the challenges. It is exciting to have you share this perspective. Thank you.
When I saw Lance’s video I cried. I saw my son in Lance and hoped someday he could grow as much as Lance did… that he too could have a dream and have people who love him support him forever. This is just overwhelming and beautiful. Thank you.