If you remember, back in April there was a tragic accident at the Red Hook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. While performing his work duties, Ben Harris lost his life when a keg he was cleaning exploded. There have been some fundraisers over the course of the past several months, with additional donations coming from Brian from Seacoastbeveragelab.com and A&G Homebrew Supply.
In an effort to raise more funds for the Ben Harris Fund, Redhook Ale Brewery has created a special tribute beer. There will be a special tapping of this special beer TONIGHT at the Cataqua Pub at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth at 4pm, going until 11pm.
Please take a moment to read the important press report below:
REDHOOK BREWERY RELEASES 'BEN HARRIS BEER'
A TRIBUTE TO BEN HARRIS
Public Keg Tapping Celebrates Ben's Life, Friday July 20 at 4 pm;
Proceeds to Benefit Ben's Family
PORTSMOUTH, N.H., July 17, 2012 - Redhook Brewery invites the New England community to remember and celebrate Ben Harris with a special tapping of Ben Harris Beer, a memorial beer brewed for Ben. The keg tapping celebration will be held at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, N.H., located at 1 Redhook Way, on Friday, July 20, from 4:00-11:00 p.m. All proceeds from Ben Harris Beer sold during the event will benefit the Ben Harris Fund.
After the July 20 tapping, Redhook will donate $1 to the Ben Harris Fund for every pint of Ben Harris Beer sold at the Cataqua Pub. Redhook Brewery plans to make Ben Harris Beer available on draught nationally over the next several weeks and months. Starting this fall, the brewery plans to bottle Ben Harris Beer and distribute it in the New England markets of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Additionally, Redhook plans to make the bottled beer available in Ben's home state of Pennsylvania.
"Ben Harris was an incredible man. He was a longtime member of the Redhook family, a friend to all of us and a beer lover through and through," said Alex Kopf, Redhook senior brewer. "We chose to brew a cream ale for Ben to represent not only the type of beer he loved, but also the man he was: a fun-loving, hard-working family man. There's nothing we'd like more than to be enjoying this beer with Ben, and we hope that the community will join us in honoring his legacy and celebrating his life by raising a pint."
About Ben Harris Beer
Ben Harris Beer is Redhook's special take on the classic cream ale style, brewed in tribute to our friend and teammate, Ben Harris. This is a beer that Ben would have wanted to drink. It's a beer brewed for those who work hard and play hard, just as Ben did. But most importantly, it's a beer brewed for us to share as we remember and celebrate Ben's life.
Ben liked a touch of hops in his beer, so we hopped up a classic cream ale recipe, Redhook style. Ben Harris Beer was brewed with ingredients you'd expect to find in cream ale: two-row barley, carapils for a touch of sweetness, victory malt for a touch of breadiness and a dose of corn for good measure. We hopped it up with some Sterling, Saaz, and Hallertau hops, which create a crisp, clean and refreshing beer just for Ben. Ben Harris Beer is 4.7% ABV and 19 IBU.
Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 80s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn't exist at the time, Redhook became one of America's first "craft" breweries. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America's most recognized craft breweries. While Redhook has "grown up" during the past 30 years, one thing has never changed - Redhook is still brewing great beers like ESB, IPA, Copperhook, Pilsner and seasonal brews. Most importantly, Redhook makes sure to have fun doing it. Redhook's beers are available both on draught and in bottles around the country. For more information, visit http://www.redhook.com/.