Most people wouldn’t rely on beer to help them remember important things, but a bar in Edmonton has managed to do just that.
Earlier this year, Constable Daniel Woodall was killed after responding to a hate crime-related call in the city’s west end. The officer, who was originally from the U.K., was laid to rest in June. But after the funeral, a few of Woodall’s friends visited the nearby Craft Beer Market to pay a little tribute to their friend using a tradition from his home country.
“After Constable Woodall’s regimental funeral back in June, a few of his friends came in and bought him a memorial pint, which is a British tradition,” Matt Salucop with the Craft Beer Market said.
That moment got local brewers thinking about a way to honour the fallen officer, who impacted the community in such a profound way. Fortunately, some of the brewers in the room definitely knew a thing or two about putting everything on the line to serve their country.
Two Sergeants Brewing is run by a pair of former military men, and they practically jumped at the chance to create their very own tribute to the fallen officer.
“We understood what was at stake,” brewmaster Kevin Moore said.
The folks at Two Sergeant’s Brewing didn’t just throw together some beer recipe and call it a tribute. To make their drink a true reflection of Woodall, the company actually consulted his widow to ensure it was crafted to his specific tastes. Even though it usually takes about a year to get a beer recipe right, the tireless efforts of the brewers allowed them to perfect it in only six weeks.
Now Patrolman’s ESB (English-style bitter), is available on tap. It’s a dark ale that was only supposed to go on sale for a month, but apparently the officer’s tastes are shared with many in the beer-drinking community. Ever since customers discovered it, the brewery has been pushing about a keg of the stuff a week, barely keeping up with demand.
“It’s such a popular brew, we’ve made it one of our staple beers now,” Moore said.
The beer is also available at select liquor stores by the bottle, and some Edmonton-area restaurants are even planning to offer it permanently. The best part is, 10 per cent of all profits from Patrolman’s ESB go directly to the Woodall family.
Now that’s something we can drink to.