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CBC To Brew Beer In Honor Of Sean Collier

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A local microbrewery is brewing a beer in honor of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was allegedly murdered by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Sean Collier (MIT)

Sean Collier (MIT)

Cambridge Brewing Company, located in Kendall Square near the heart of MIT’s campus, will begin brewing Collier Stout, a dry Irish stout, next week.

“This seemed something that was personal, specific to Kendall Square in many ways, and a cause we could get behind,” said CBC owner Phil Bannatyne. “You want to help when this stuff happens and we just needed an avenue for that, and this was right up our alley.”

Bannatyne says he was approached about the idea by MIT police officer Cheryl Vossmer, whose brother, a brewer in Colorado, first thought it up. Vossmer served with Collier and, according to The Boston Globe, sought the approval of MIT police Sgt. Richard Sullivan and the Collier family before moving forward.

“The memorial service at MIT was the dream send-off that he would have wanted. Now having a beer named after him, it’s so fitting,” Tim Croke, Collier’s former roommate told The Boston Globe. “I can’t wait for this to come out so Travis [Collier's other roommate] and I can raise a toast to him — one last cheer.”

CBC anticipates pints of Collier Stout will go on sale during the third week of June. It will sell for $5.50 with $1 from each sale going to the Jimmy Fund, which created a memorial fund in honor of Collier.

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  • http://twitter.com/conchopeterpump Concho Pete

    Sorry guys, Cops die in the line of duty all the time. This case is just more high profile than others. This is an obvious attempt to profit off a tragedy. Too bad because I love stouts.

    • http://twitter.com/Maudlinbos Maudlin Smile

      CBC creates new beers all the time, they have a few beers that are always there, but mostly they are new beers. Probably at least one every month. This is not an obvious attempt to profit off a tragedy, at all, especially since it is selling for $5.50 and $1.00 going to the Jimmy Fund.

      I do agree that other cops and people die and this is more high profile, but this is no reason to claim that they are trying to profit off of it. They are right where the cop died — it is a very calm area otherwise. That definitely made an impact, including to me who lives nearby and goes there all the time.

      Don’t be too quick to judge when you don’t know all the facts, skepticism is fine, but it does not seem you know CBC and the Kendall Sq area.

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