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Barry Zito's Strikeouts for Troops Celebrity Bash Raises $50,000 with Help from Pyramid Breweries, Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors.

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Oakland A's pitcher Barry Zito, Pyramid Breweries Inc.(Nasdaq:PMID) and loyal fans of the A's and Pyramid's beers, helped raise $50,000 during the Strikeouts For Troops Celebrity Bash held recently at the Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek, California.

The event, presented by Pyramid Alehouse, Wasserman Media Group, Fox Sports Radio and 95.7 MAX FM, was held to commemorate the first anniversary of the Strikeouts for Troops program founded by Zito in 2005. Strikeouts for Troops directs cash pledges for on-field performance by 25 Major League Baseball players to help our wounded U.S. soldiers recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Hospital and other military hospitals and assist their families.

With its largest brewery in Berkeley and three alehouse restaurants located in Berkeley, Walnut Creek and Sacramento, Pyramid's flagship HefeWeizen(TM) has emerged as one of the most popular craft beers in Northern California. The brand is the recipient of several recent awards, including a gold medal at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival and a bronze at the 2006 World Beer Cup for American-style HefeWeizen.

Strikeouts For Troops kicked off with an all-star cast of celebrity bartenders and supporters, including Zito's teammates Nick Swisher, Huston Street, Joe Blanton, Bobby Crosby, Dan Haren, Adam Melhuse, Esteban Loaiza and Mark Kotsay; Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Barry Sims; Golden State Warriors' forward Mike Dunleavy; and San Francisco 49ers fullback Chris Hetherington.

However, the highlight for Zito and those in attendance was the two recuperating soldiers flown in from Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. U.S. Army Specialist Stephanie Browning and U.S. Army Sergeant Doug Szczepanski of the Michigan State National Guard were introduced and presented a cash grant from Strikeouts for Troops.

Also during the sell-out event, Mr. John Lennon, Pyramid's CEO, presented Barry Zito with a check for $12,000 raised from ticket sales. Combining proceeds from the tickets, tips, raffle tickets and a live auction of the players' jerseys, Pyramid along with A's fans raised a total donation of $50,000 for the Strikeouts for Troops Fund.

"Pyramid Breweries is committed to working together with other companies to make this region an even better place to live and work," said Mr. Lennon. "We're proud of the fact that hundreds of our employees live and help operate our brewery and alehouses here, and that our award-winning Pyramid HefeWeizen has earned so many loyal fans throughout the East Bay. We welcome the chance to support locally based teams and host community events within an atmosphere that affords our fans the opportunity to enjoy refreshingly unfiltered Pyramid HefeWeizen along with great food and lively company, while contributing to a noble cause."

About Pyramid Breweries Inc.

Pyramid Breweries Inc. is a leading brewer of specialty, full-flavored beers and sodas produced under the Pyramid, MacTarnahan's and Thomas Kemper brands. The independent company owns two alehouse restaurants adjacent to its full-production breweries under the Pyramid Alehouse and MacTarnahan Taproom brand names in Berkeley, California, and Portland, Oregon, respectively, and three alehouse restaurants in Walnut Creek and Sacramento, California, and Seattle, Washington. More information about Pyramid Breweries is available at www.pyramidbrew.com.

About Strikeouts for Troops(TM)

Strikeouts for Troops is a national nonprofit program developed to honor U.S. military service members and assist those being treated for their injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Hospital, and other military hospitals -- far from home and family. Strikeouts for Troops helps to provide some "comforts of home" and assists with travel and housing expenses to help those injured recuperate with loved ones near.

Strikeouts for Troops was introduced on April 5, 2005, after Barry Zito had the privilege to visit with soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Strikeouts for Troops is funded by contributions to the "Strikeouts For Troops Fund" at The Community Foundation For the National Capital Region. For more information about Strikeouts for Troops please visit http://www.strikeoutsfortroops.org.
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