The Connecticut Challenge has tapped a new source of donations in its drive to support cancer survivors.

The Southport Brewing Co. said it would donate to Connecticut Challenge 50 cents for each beer drawn from designated taps at its five restaurants through September, the charity said in a news release.

Connecticut Challenge is putting the finishing touches on a cancer-survivor center it plans to open in Southport in September, and its signature fundraising event -- the Connecticut Challenge bicycle race -- is July 28, starting and finishing in Westport.

The bike race has routes of various lengths, and Barry Burns, a partner in the Southport Brewing Co., did the 100-mile ride last year, the charity said. He plans to ride again this year with his 14-year-old nephew, who recently completed treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They will ride a distance picked by the boy.

The handle of one tap at each restaurant -- typically on a keg of the company's seasonal brew -- has been replaced with the handset of a red emergency phone and is the designated "Help Line." Fifty cents will be donated for each beer drawn through that tap, the charity said.