I'm definitely late getting to this, BUT...It definitely needed to be mentioned. Last month a Worcester Fire Fighter lost his life in an attempt to save another. The tragic loss hit close to home for Waltham based Watch City Brewing Co. brewmaster Aaron Mateychuck, as his brother James works within the WFD. Therefore, in an effort to raise some money for The Jon Davies Children's Fund, the brewery is creating a unique beer for the masses.
Here is the official press release:
Watch City Brewing Company, in conjunction with the Worcester Fire Department, will be sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit The Jon Davies Children’s Fund in lieu of the tragic event that occurred Thursday, December 8, 2011. Firefighter Jon D. Davies, Sr., a 17 year Worcester Firefighter, assigned to Rescue Squad 1, passed away from injuries suffered while working in the line of duty trying to rescue a resident from a fire at 49 Arlington Street in Worcester.
Watch City Brewing Company, under the brewing supervision of Aaron Mateychuk (Brewmaster of Watch City Brewing Company and brother of James Mateychuk, WFD Firefighter on Engine 5), Assistant Brewer Kelly McKnight and five Worcester firefighters (all to be named at a later date), will brew a Kölsch style beer. The beer will be named “Rettung Eins Kölsch or Rescue One Kölsch”. A portion of every keg sold will go to The Jon Davies Children Fund.
Kölsch or Köelsch is a local specialty beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. It is a clear beer with a bright straw-‐yellow hue with prominent, but not extreme,. hoppiness. It is less bitter than the standard German pale lager. Furthermore, Kölsch is warm fermented at a temperature around 13° to 21°C (55° to 70°F) and then cold-conditioned, or lagered. Besidesthe style, the German connotation has no meaning other than to be a quality, easy drinking beer that will quench the thirst of firefighters and patrons alike.
The Worcester Fire Department will be supplying Watch City Brewing Companythe logo from the fire station to be used for all “Rescue One Kölsch” tap handles and any point of sale material. The price for a ½ bbl (15.5 gallons) for the “Rescue One Kölsch” will be $155.00 and will be sold in this size only.
Any inquires or questions regarding this beer and fundraiser can be directed to Head Brewer Aaron Mateychuk or Assistant Brewer Kelly McKnight. They can be reached at WCBC by calling 781.647.4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.